Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tagged again..

This time by lostonthestreet. It is again a nice tag about books but not so intuitive for me at the moment. I have hardly read anything significant in the last 3 years or so, and most of it in Hindi simply to stay in touch with my mother tongue. Even Pari has some little Hindi books, quite hard to find here, thanks to her mother's obsession with the language. Anyways, I'll do this tag mostly with English books except where it can't be helped.. like the first point itself :)

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Premchand, Bill Watterson(if you count CalvinnHobbes as books).
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Three men in a boat - three copies : my mom borrowed mine before I could finish which is why I bought another one, my husband also has one.
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
No.. I hardly noticed.
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
This has to be Calvin! Rhett Butler comes second.. And yes.. Mr.Darcy remains the childhood fantasy :)
5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
Totto Chan.
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Love story :P Belonged to my parents, and I got hold of it somehow.. Officially, it is Jane Eyre.
7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
5 mistakes of my life.. I made my biggest bothering to read it..
8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
First They Killed My Father
9) If you could force everyone to read one book, what would it be?
To Sir, with love.
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
Can't comment.. Wonder why Premchand did not win it ever..
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Rebecca.. there is already a movie for it, but I haven't seen it yet.
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
The fountainhead, they have already made a movie out of it, sigh!
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Mila 18 : I had horrible dreams while reading it
14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
Sidney Sheldon's - so many of them.
15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
A Suitable Boy - simply because it was so huge! Technically there was this book, with Bathsheba as the central character, can someone help me with the name please?
Edited to add : Far from the maddening crowd. Thanks M-I-L!
16) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
17) Austen or Eliot?
18) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Harry Potter.. my little cousins consider me illiterate because of this :(
19) What is your favorite novel?
The Fountainhead.. did I hear people cry 'ewww'? I still like it.
20) Play?
Arms and the man.. seriously, I don't remember many except off course those by Shakespeare, as part of the curriculum.
21) Short story?
Somerset Maugham - All
22) Work of non-fiction?
Totto Chan, again!
23) Who is your favorite writer?
Now now.. this has to be Premchand.

Okie.. now I tag Sundar, Banno,thirtysixandcounting to do this. Tell me your taste in books.


Anonymous said...

Try Suitable boy again.It IS a long book but it is also an easy read.. U will get drawn into the saga.

Violet said...

Oh yes.. I did read through it, and liked it lots. It is only that the college library issued books for just a week, which made it a challenge to finish it.

Artemis Fowl III said...

if you loved fountainhead, you will simply drool on atlas shrugged!!!

and if by chance you have read Da Vinci Code and liked it, you will be head over heels when you read Focault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco (though you'll have to deal with the volume and dense thoughts)

my thoughts though! good to see you reading... :-)

Venky said...

I saw that we read a lot of common stuff. Sydney Sheldon included! I'm sure you rate Maugham's 'Of Human Bondage' high on your list.....And at last someone who officially admits to reading Leon Uris. Hi fives please

Violet said...

Artemis Fowl III: I wanted to read Atlas Shrugged immediately after The Fountainhead, but couldn't get a copy then and have been procrastinating since :( Haven't read Da Vinci code yet though my mom highly recommends it. Btw, Xom is so much easier than AFIII!

Venky: Yes.. I do read Leon Uris. Infact, post Mila18, I have been eagerly reading just anything I get on Nazism. The Jewish resilience really inspires me..

venky said...

So right about the Jewish resilience....Sad to compare that with let's say the way Kashmiri pandits never fought back after THEIR exodus. Not a single leader of the stature of Ben Gurion or Mahatma Gandhi.....

Violet said...

Venky: I share your sentiments. Liked the way you used 'EXODUS', Leon Uris fan, eh?

Venky said...

Yup, Also married a kashmiri pandit, so we both can't keep ourselves from comparing the jews and the KPs....sorry for the late response. Busy life....promise to be back more often