The Book Meme

I saw this over at The Book Smugglers the other day and it looked like great fun!

1. What author do you own the most books by?

Hmmm, a quick glance at my bookshelves reveals quite a bit of: L.M. Montgomery, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling (several copies of each, actually), Julie Leto, and Scott Westerfeld.

Dawn Treader

2. What book do you own the most copies of?

I collect the old, un-re-edited (no, Aslan does NOT destroy The Island Where Dreams Come True), un-re-ordered (#3, baybee!) copies of THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER. Also, my husband and I have an embarrassingly large number of copies of Aristotle left over from school.

3. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

In high school I had the biggest crush on Finny from A SEPARATE PEACE. I also kinda fall for all the boys in my own books. I also discuss my unrequited love for Edmund Pevensie in Through the Wardrobe. I also swoon over Captain Wentworth in Persuasion. And everyone has heard me talk about my adoration for Logan Echolls (though that’s not books, it’s TV — and lately I was totally into Sokka from Avatar).

Recently, I’ve developed crushes on: Ravus, from Holly Black’s Valiant,  Po, from Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, and Peeta, from Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games. Oh, and there’s a guy in Carrie Ryan’s Dead-Tossed Waves that I’m totally into, but I can’t tell you about that yet.

4. What book have you read more than any other?

That might also be The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Or possibly Anne of the Island. In college, it was definitely Frankenstein. I studied that baby in three different classes. Judging from the state of the paperback on my shelf (being held together with a rubber band), it’s A Girl of the Limberlost, in which I had zero crush on Philip, but was totally in love with Elnora.

5. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?

I think we’re still going to go with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. By the time I was fourteen I was obsessed with The Mists of Avalon, but amusingly, it has not held its charm for me over the years the way Voyage has.

6. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?

I actually didn’t finish it, so I don’t know if it counts as “reading.” But it was baaaaaaaad. I’m kinda shocked that it’s published, to tell the truth. But I think that’s how most people feel whenever they read a book which combines such crass lowest-common-denominator attempts at hitting commercial hot buttons with pedantic writing, flat characters, zero interest in realism and completely tone-deaf plotting. No, I will not tell you the name.

7. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

It’s not out yet, but it’s called LIAR, by Justine Larbalestier. Books that are out: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, and Watchmen, by Alan Moore.

8. If you could tell everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?

The unabridged version of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas (the Penguin Classics version, translated by Robin Buss).

9. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?

I slogged my way through quite a lot of crap in college, but I found that if it was actually “difficult” I tended not to read it. I found The Brother’s Karamazov unutterably painful and stopped reading it, which is too bad, since I positively loved Crime and Punishment. I have a very low tolerance for this whole “reading books should be like having a root canal” theory of modern literature. I’m fine with “books should be like vegetables” because I love vegetables, but if people tell me that something is difficult to read, I’m like, okay, let’s find something that’s really FUN to read, even if it’s challenging or etc. For instance, I know a lot of people who are intimidated by Clarissa because it’s so massive, but I adored all 1700 pages. That book consumed me. Also, though Borges is a really really “dense” writer and it takes a long time to wrap your brain around the concepts and words and language, I love reading him, too.

10. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?

I suppose the French, because of the aforementioned love of Dumas and hatred for The Brothers K, but I don’t think I’m particularly familiar with the panoply of French Literature (the only other French novels I can think of having read right now are Candide and The Red and the Black), whereas I have taken a class called The Russian Novel. So maybe the Russians, just based on familiarity? I don’t know. this question makes me embarrassed of my degree. Oh. Wait. I also read The Princess of Cleves. yeah, French. Unless we’re counting Nabokov as Russian and not American, in which case, I think Russian.

Clear as mud? Oui? Da?

11. Shakespeare, Milton or Chaucer?

Shakespeare is better performed than read. I loved Chaucer in high school, but that was 13 years ago. I’ve recently rediscovered Milton, though, and am loving it! Why isn’t Dante on this list? After all that French/Russian stuff in the last question, I’m finding this one very English-centric. Discounting Shakespeare (who was a playwright and not an epic poet, like the others), I’m going to say my favorite epic poet is Homer, and my favorite epic poem is the Odyssey.

I guess, though, if I”m going to be a purist about this question, I’m going with the order they are listed: Shakespeare, Milton, Chaucer.

12. Austen or Eliot?

Austen. Weird question — you usually see it written “Austen or the Brontes” — and I must admit, I’ve never read any Eliot. Which book do you suggest I start with? (Persuasion is my favorite Austen, btw.)

13. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?

Modern literature. When that 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die book came out, I realized that I’d read almost all the pre-1700s works, most of the pre-1800, and a good segment of the pre 1900 — but almost none of the ones from the 20th century, and zero from the 21st. Though I found that list really unbalanced, and very biased towards Ian McEwan in general.

14. What is your favorite novel?

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. But for sheer comfort reading, I find myself turning time and again to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Anne of the Island, The Girl of the LImberlost, The Phantom Tollbooth, Pride and Prejudice, and (for a good cathartic cry) Persuasion.

15. Play?

I’m a huge musicals fan. I love any musical, but specifically Les Miserables, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls… the list goes on and on. As for straight plays, I’m pretty partial to A Winter’s Tale. My husband tells me I’d love Lear if I saw it.

16. Poem?

I think we already covered The Odyssey, right? Catullus 101 is awesome, too. And 85. And Horace’s “To Chloe” (Most of my poetry study took place in Latin class). English poems, I like Poe. That’s no secret. My favorite of his poems is “The Bells.” I also like Donne.

17. Essay?

I’m sure I’m forgetting some absolutely smashing essays, but the one that comes immediately to mind is David Foster Wallace’s F/X Porn. Seriously, go read it now. Brilliance. I think DFW’s true strength as a writer was his essays. “Consider the Lobster” and “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” are regularly quoted from in my house.

19. Non Fiction

How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman. Though judging from the timing he gives on his roast chicken, it’s not entirely non-fiction.

20. Graphic Novel?

In college, I loved Maus. Does Transmetropolitan count as a novel or a series? I should really read more graphic novels. People tell me Sandman is great.

21. Science Fiction?

Honestly? “Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius,” by Jorge Luis Borges. Though I’m not entirely sure that counts as SF. Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem does, and when I was in college, I wrote one of my favorite papers comparing the two stories. So I suppose you could make the argument. I also really enjoyed Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. And A Stranger in a Strange Land. And Brightness Falls from the Air. And Frankenstein. And the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. Pretty much anything by Susan Squires. Feed by M.T. Anderson. Wow, this list can go on and on…

I’d really love to write a science fiction novel one day. There are some science fiction elements in Rampant, but it’s rooted in fantasy/mythology/magic.

(In passing, I’m kinda obsessed with finding images of “my” copies of these books. I can’t find a picture of “my” Solaris on the internet, so instead, you get “my” Ficciones, which holds “my” copy of Tlon.)

22. Who is your favorite writer?

L.M. Montgomery. I can always sit down with one of her books or short stories and get swept away.

23. Who is the most over rated writer alive today?

Cormac McCarthy. Sorry, but there it is. I think my least favorite book of all time is All the Pretty Horses, and the way he was such a jerk about The Road and insisting that it wasn’t spec fic really pissed me off. That English dude they fawn over who is an admitted plagiarist of a romance novelist but-gosh-it-doesn’t-count-because-he-writes-lit-ur-a-ture-and-she’s-just-a-romance-novelist counts too. Wait, is that Ian McEwan again? Curious.

24. What are you reading right now?

Shadowed Summer, by Saundra Mitchell, The Raw Shark Texts, by Steven Hall, and an ARC of The Teashop Girls, by Laura Schaffer.

25. Best Memoir?

Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane. That was one of the best books I read in high school.

26. Best History?

Gosh, you know? I don’t think I’ve read a history since Thucydides freshman year of college. Sad, huh?

27. Best Mystery or Noir?

I am finding these questions rather odd. They ask about mystery and SF but not fantasy or romance? Also, I realize that I don’t really read mystery. Thrillers, yes, but not mysteries. And though approximately 75% of the television shows are mystery, I don’t watch any of them. I watch no CSI or L&O or Bones or House or Monk anything that can be characterized as a procedural or mystery. Which is weird, since I loved loved loved loved loved Veronica Mars, which was, ostensibly, a mystery show. I mean, it was about a detective. I wonder why I loved that one so much when mystery usually leaves me cold?

Like, right now, I’m trying to watch Psych. I love Dule Hill, and it came highly recommended to me by Cassandra Clare when we were in Ireland. But I am just so bored by the mysteries. Every week, la-di-dah, where’s the dead body? Maybe that’s why I liked Veronica Mars so much — because the mystery-of-the-week was never really the focus. Not like the class struggles and her life falling apart and her relationship with her dead best friend and her father and her mother — and why, after all that was solved, I was never really as drawn to the show as I had been before. (Also, Veronica’s adversaries were usually moderately to very clever, and Sean and Gus’s adversaries are always displayed as being appallingly dumb.)

I am thus always surprised when someone characterizes one of my books as a mystery. To me, “whodunnit” — which is the central focus of any mystery — is never really the point as much as what they are doing, or why, or how knowing doesn’t really prevent the good guys from being able to stop them (again, thriller elements). Sometimes the POV characters know the identity of the bad guy, sometimes they don’t — but it doesn’t mean that they can solve the problem.

For instance, (whited out for Under the Rose spoilers) Amy suspects from very early on that Jenny is behind the problems in Under the Rose. She just can’t get anyone else on her side, because it’s so inconceivable to most of the other Diggers that one of their own might betray them. So the fact that it is, in fact, Jenny, is not supposed to be much of a surprise to the reader. After all, Amy’s been banging that drum for a hundred pages. What I was interested in talking about –alongside Amy’s growth as a person and a Rose & Grave member — is what led Jenny to that point, why she made the decisions she did, and how, underneath it all, she was really kind of a double agent, and actually helped uncover a bigger mystery that she didn’t know how to tell anyone about. What I discovered when the book came out is that the people who were reading for those things enjoyed the book, and the people who were reading it like a mystery novel, like the point of the book was to find out who was behind everything — well, they weren’t satisfied, because it was obvious it was Jenny.

Which is something I’m learning as a writer, that sometimes, people who don’t like a book don’t like it because they expected it to be a different book entirely, and there’s nothing you can do about that. Like, did anyone else notice that by the end of the run of Harry Potter, there were a lot of people who seemed to think that the sole purpose of each book was to kill someone off? And it was all, “Who dies in this one?” And then got all pissed off when the person or persons they expected to die in the last one didn’t die? And there were these roving bands of spoilers who would do drive bys of the lines outside bookshops and shout out the name of the dead person, or would go into chat on World of Warcraft and scream it?

What was up with those guys? Weren’t they reading for the cool fantasy world and the funny candies and the relationship between Harry and his friends and the epic storytelling?

But I digress. All of which is to say, I’m not very familiar with mysteries, and, as a genre, it’s not my cup of tea. I didn’t even read Nancy Drew or similar growing up. I was too busy memorizing The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, apparently.

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27 Responses to The Book Meme

  1. Ana says:

    I love reading people’s replies to these questions.

    “Shakespeare is better performed than read” oh yes, completely agree. And Persuasion is my favorite Austen as well.

    and you MUST read The Sandman. SUCH a good series of books.

    and you know, I also wondered about the lack of Fantasy and Romance questions!

  2. Diana says:

    The genre bias is very apparent to me. It’s not accidental I think, since mystery and science fiction get way more mainstream respect than romance and fantasy.

    Yeah, people keep telling me I have to read Sandman. Graphic novels are so pricey, though! I wonder if they have it at the library…

    Persuasion is awesome. All Austen men give good letter, but Wentworth’s is the best.

  3. Saundra says:

    As it regards Dead-Tossed Waves, I must know- [Diana sez: GAH! GAH! SPOILERRRRRRRRRS!!!!!!! Saundra!]

  4. Diana says:

    Why, Saundra Evelyn Mitchell! I’m surprised at you!

  5. Ana says:

    The are very expensive aren’t they? and you know, I started my book smuggling with The Sandman.I remember buying one after the other non-stop (i just couldn’t stop myself) and I had to smuggle them home. LOL.

    aw Captain Wentworth. Have you watched the older BBC version? best ever.

  6. Tiff says:

    I loved reading this, too! I still read the first three Anne books all the time…also Anne’s House of Dreams and Rilla of Ingleside. But the first three are my favourites, particularly Anne of the Island. I love Anne’s college adventures.

    I confess to never finishing The Chronicles of Narnia. I read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and loved it, and then I couldn’t get into Prince Caspian. One of these days, I’ll get to it. If nothing else but to understand why you’ve memorized The Voyage of the Dawn Treader!

    Persuasion is another one I’ve just never had the time to read. But then, I’m woefully underread in eighteenth and nineteenth century fiction, and rather overread in modernist literature. Do you want some recommendations? (Woolf and Proust! Start with Mrs. Dalloway!)

    Madeleine L’Engle is my favorite sci-fi writer…does that count? I think she had an amazing ability to make science understandable to children/young adults. And Adam Eddington, from A Ring of Endless Light (and Troubling a Star) is still one of my major literary crushes.

    Most difficult book I’ve ever read is hands down, Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom. But there’s something amazing about it anyway. I don’t feel like I should have to truck through bad books, but when I know that the payoff is there…

    There are some wonderful YA graphic novels out there right now that aren’t very expensive–Derek Kirk Kim’s Good As Lily made both me and my boyfriend cry. Also, check out Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley! It’s so fun, full of 80s video game references and that post-college life, and you get a taste of Toronto, too!

  7. Diana says:

    Wow, sorry about the spam, guys.

    Ana, the 1971 avocado Farrah Fawcett wings version? YES! I love it! That Wentworth NAILED it. Though I’m also partial to the one with Ciaran Hinds as Wentworth. Did not care so much for the recent one. Why is Anne running all over Bath in that one?

    Tiff, I love Anne’s House of Dreams. I think I’m actually fond of books 3,4, and 5 in that series. I didn’t really care for any of the ones after that. 3 and 4 are still my faves. Have you read a Girl of the Limberlost? Anne fans will LOVE IT.

    As for Narnia, power through Caspian. It’s one of my least favorites. There are narrative issues int hat most of the interesting stuff happens off stage and you just hear the dwarf telling the Pevensies about it. Voyage, Silver Chair, and Horse and His Boy are my favorites. Don’t read the Last Battle. Unless you were overly fond of, say, Animal Farm.

    Also, I can’t recommend the recent audio book versions enough. Even though they are the re-edited, re-ordered ones.

    How could i have forgotten A Wrinkle in Time? D’oh!

    I did read Mrs. Dalloway when Annie sent it to me last year. Proust? Really? I heard he was scary…

    I’m clearly way behind in my graphic novel reading…

  8. Ana says:

    I meant the one with Ciaran Hinds! I didn’t even know there was an even earlier one! oooo will look it up!

  9. Diana says:

    You can get it on Netflix. (The 1971 miniseries). Once you get past the avocado and mustard costumes and the wings, it’s actually pretty good. They did an excellent job showing how much Wentworth is PUNISHING her in the early scenes.

  10. Nelly says:

    Anne of the Island is one of my favorite books of all time. I’m always shocked when people tell me that Anne of Green Gables is their favorite book but have no idea that there are 7 others in the series. I fell completely and unapologeticly in love with Gilbert Blythe.

    You know, I’ve always hated crime/mystery television but recently I started watching Bones. I fell in love with the witty writing and the very well fleshed out characters. For me, it’s about the story taking place between the main characters, rather than the murder of the week. Plus IMHO David Boreanaz counteracts all of the icky dead body grossness factor. The books this show is based on are kind of dry though. Not my cup of tea. I get my “mystery” fix from Janet Evanovich.

    OH! But since you pointed out, and you might have already said this somewhere before but I can’t remember, what is your favorite romance novel?

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  12. Diana says:

    Ooh, good question, Nelly! And a tough one, too. I don’t know if I can pick one. Though, you know, Anne of the Island is totally a romance novel.

    In a more traditional “this is where it would be shelved in a bookstore” romance, possibly ONCE A PRINCESS by Johanna Lindsay? I read it when I was a teenager and Carrie Ryan and I regularly get together and swoon over the scarred hero in that one. But I haven’t read it in years. I totally love the romance novella THE MAD EARL’S BRIDE by (have to go look this up) Loretta Chase which I also read years and years ago in FOUR WEDDINGS AND A KISS…

    …. hmmm, people keep recommending Loretta Chase to me. Clearly I should have been paying more attention! I apparently already loved her work!

    Gina Black made me read FLOWERS FROM THE STORM last year and I absolutely adored that.

    And I love THE COMPANION by Susan Squires.

    And TWO TO TANGLE by Leslie Kelly. Kelly writes some bad ass contemporary romances. I really hope she goes back to writing them someday, though I am looking forward to her romantic suspenses as well.

    And UNDENIABLE by Julie Leto. This is my favorite of her categories, I think.

    Oh! Oh! and HER PERFECT STRANGER by Jill Shalvis. Man…. hawwwwwwt. It’s an oooooold Wrong Bed Temptation, about two astronauts, but it’s flat out sensational!

  13. Diana says:

    Also, I just read my first Madeline Hunter this year: Secrets of Surrender. It was awesome!

  14. Thea says:

    [i](In passing, I’m kinda obsessed with finding images of “my” copies of these books. I can’t find a picture of “my” Solaris on the internet, so instead, you get “my” Ficciones, which holds “my” copy of Tlon.)[/i]

    I am obsessed with doing this all the time! Last summer when, strangely enough, [i]Prince Caspian[/i] came out in theaters and I wrote a book to screen review for it, I was obsessed with finding MY old cover – which, again strangely, is the same box version as your picture of [i]Dawn Treader[/i]!!! If the cover isn’t the same one I have, it bothers me. OCD, for the win!

    And I have to completely agree with you re: Cormac McCarthy and Ian McEwan. Am I the only person that hated [i]Atonement[/i]? Gaah.

    Oh, and if you want to watch a fun (read: not acronym-titled) mystery show, I *highly* recommend getting into [i]Castle[/i] on abc, starring none other than Captain TightPants Nathan Fillion 😉 He’s a mystery author, tagging along with the NYPD’s Det. Kate Beckitt on the claim that he’s doing research for his new mystery series. Witty banter ensues.

  15. Diana says:

    I do like me some Nathan Fillion. But I also like me some Dule Hill, and he’s not helping me with Psych as much as I’d hoped.

    Do you ever read the books-we-loved-as-children feature on Jezebel? That chick is obsessed with finding “her” copies, too, and I find myself getting all upset when her copy isn’t the same as My copy was. I really do need my white box set of Narnia.

    Though I did break down and buy an omnibus when I was working on my essay last year. Also, I LOVE the audio book box set a friend got me for Xmas one year. It’s read by Jeremy Northam and Patrick Stewart and Michael York and Lynn Redgrave and Kenneth Branagh and… I’m forgetting someone, but it’s totally awesome. Except Stewart read The Last Battle, which makes me depressed because I refuse to read/listen to that ever ever ever again no matter how much I love Patrick Stewart. Like, I’ll listen to him read the phone book, but not The Last Battle.

  16. Nelly says:

    Oh I agree, Anne of the Island is totally a romance novel.

    Coolness I’m very excited to try some of your favorite romances. Anyone who likes Borges and Dumas has to have excellent taste.

    Have you read any Rachel Gibson or Carly Phillips? I love her {Carly’s} Hott series and the Bachelor trilogy. They’re both contemporary romances. I also love Nora Roberts, her contemporaries and supernaturals. The Villa has to be one of my all -time favorites. And if you like the Villa you’d love Susan Mallery’s Marcelli Sisters. If you like british contemporaries, Elizabeth Young’s are too funny. Her book Asking for Trouble is the one the movie, The Wedding Date, with Debra Messing and Dermont Mulroney (sigh) is based on.

    And if you’re looking for something challenging but completely worth it, read Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s In the Shadow of the Wind. It was a hard book to get through but it was beautifully written and so satisfying. Fair warning, it is gothic so not for the squeamish, but again, so worth it. I read it in the original Spanish, which if you can read, I’d recommend that.

  17. Diana says:

    I haven’t read Rachel, but I’ve read a few of Carly’s. I’m sure you’ll LOVE Leslie Kelly’s if you like them. She got HORRIBLE covers, though. I mean, really awful. One of her STs was a RITA finalist and the cover was just a killer. Great book, though!

    Sadly, I am a latecomer to the Nora Roberts juggernaut, but I do really love her, esp. the JD Robbs. I think I own some Mallerys but I haven’t read them?

    I also own Zafon but haven’t read it. In English. Read Spanish? Ha. No, I wasted all my foreign language on Latin. Helped with SATs and making up magical inscriptions for my unicorn hunters. Not much else.

  18. keri says:

    I gotta defend Psych. One of my favorite series. Yes, the mysteries are bonehead obvious, but that’s not why we watch. The humor is corny, fast paced and often right out of left field. And the pop culture references are right up my alley. Everything is wrapped up with two cuties accented nicely with a toupee-free Corbin Bernsen.

    Diana, thanks for posting the list. Very intersting insight and a few tips to add to my list of need-to-reads. (And a few that I have no business attempting.)

  19. Diana says:

    keri, that’s what everyone keeps telling me about Psych, and I admit I do like the corn, and the pop culture references, and the sort of Odd-Couple vibe the two leads have, but it’s not really hitting it for me. I don’t know. Maybe I’ve just gotten SUPER picky about my TV.

    Also the whole “pretending to have a limb-shaking psychic episode” thing got old fast.

    Perhaps i’ll get another disk and see if it grows on me.

  20. Alexa says:

    oh that’s fun, I may have to do it. And lots of good suggestions for the TBR list.

    I completely agree about Persuasion and I know the end of the recent BBC one was odd but they cast Rupert Penrey-Jones as Captain Wentworth, so HUGE points there. If you haven’t seen Spooks ( I think it’s M15 in the US) it’s one to add to the netflicks queue.

    I’m all jealous about the Dead tossed waves spring 2010 is too long to wait!

  21. keri says:

    I totally agree … all the fake convulsions do get quite annoying.

  22. Shelly Lou says:

    I sadly have little knowledge in the 19th century literature. Maybe because I am much more interested in nodern literature. I do too much reading for school so I opt for more “fluff” in my leisure reading. I agree with you on A Seperate Peace, one of my absolute favorite books. I was 15 when I first read it and I couldn’t help crushing on Fin. I do enjoy Austen’s work though as well as Poe’s work. Bronte and I…let’s say I wanted to throw Wuthering Heights out the window. It made sense but my teacher was convinced Heathcliff and Cathy were never meant to be together which debunks the whole POINT of the book, but whatever. Anywho, I wanted to suggest a series by JA Konrath, who is a mystery/thriller writer. His Jack Daniel’s novels are mystery novels but he adds such a wonderfully dark element of his antagonists through short chapters from the POV of the antagonist. Even more interesting is that his main character (Jack) is a woman and this guy really gets into the minds of women and criminals to just add to the story.

  23. Angie says:

    I have the same set of The Chronicles of Narnia! And even though my dad bought me a nice new hardback box set a couple years ago, I can’t read them. I always go back to my little white paperback set. My three favorites are the same too! Voyage, Silver Chair, and The Horse and His Boy. Uncanny.

    Ditto Finny from A Separate Peace. Man, I loved him. And Ravus is my favorite of Holly Black’s dudes.

    Have you read Freckles by Stratton Porter? I read those two out of order (much like I did with Alcott’s Rose in Bloom and Eight Cousins) and I still have a big, old soft spot for Freckles.

    And I know I’ve said it before and you probably saw it on my list, but if you do give Eliot a try start with Middlemarch. It’s just…I just…love that book. Then watch the BBC miniseries. So much WIN.

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  25. Diana says:

    Too funny, Angie! I read Freckles/Limberlost out of order, too. Freckles is pretty good, but I just LOVE Limberlost. It may be the frocks.

  26. KJ says:

    I just have to comment that I don’t like procedurals…but I do like House and I did love Veronica Mars. Because those two shows are/were more about the characters than the mysteries. I mean, I really don’t care a whole lot about the medical mystery being solved on “House” anymore, but I do care about House and his friends/co-workers and what goes on behind the scenes.

    Most other procedurals are very light on character. You hardly get to know anyone. And most of the crime solving becomes extremely repetitive to the point where I can guess very quickly whodunnit.

    So I totally agree with you there!

  27. KJ says:

    I forgot to mention some of my favorite books…I’m a big fan of 19th century literature. LOVED “Great Expectations.” LOVED “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

    And I always highly, highly recommend “Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier. That book was SO gripping all the way to the end. I couldn’t stop reading it and was so sad when it was over!

    A favorite modern author would be Margaret Atwood. I’ve read tons of her books, and just love her style and the way she reveals her characters.