Books + Sewing + Knitting

I’m reading “The Mists of Avalon.” Actually, I’ve been reading “The Mists of Avalon” since Christmas.

It’s a lovely book, don’t get me wrong. But it’s looooooong, and I want to start a different book.

Next semester, I’m taking a class called “21st Century Novel.” We’ll read one notable novel from each of the last ten years. I really, really want to start in on that reading list, especially since I may need to take five classes next semester.

That and the books look really good. But I want to finish “The Mists of Avalon” first. That will feel like SUCH a huge accomplishment when it’s done.

In other news, I’m bored tonight and have no one to go play with. So I may just start another knitting project. I’m going to make a techno-cozy for my Zen mp3 player. Or I might cut out the dress a friend has commissioned me to make for her.

I’m rather excited about that one – it’s a 70s pattern, and she chose a super psychedelic pattern.

However, if you happen to be in town, and read this tonight (being Sunday the 24th), please give me a call. I have been cooped up all day and sans friends.


Books and things

Was productive today. This is what happens when I wait for the laundry to be done.

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Probably Rowling. Or Fitzgerald.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Various parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Hell yeah.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?

4) What fictional character(s) are you secretly in love with?
Hmn. I’m not ever really “secretly” in love. I’m an open book. (d’oh! pun!)

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Haha. Harry Potter. Probably #1. I didn’t have a life in middle school.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?.
See above question.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Hm … maybe “The Intuitionist”. It wasn’t that good, but I had to read it for class. At least it was interesting.

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
“The Little Prince,” “Fun Home” (graphic novel) or “The Mists of Avalon.” All for very different reasons.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
The Mists of Avalon.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I don’t know. I don’t believe that much in prizes for things …

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
“Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.”

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
The rest of the Twilight series. But it’s happening anyway …

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I haven’t had many lately. I remember the last one, I kept switching back and forth between being me and being Harry Potter. My friend April was Hermione, but she kept changing into Chelsea, and I had a HUGE thing for Ron.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
I think ‘lowbrow’ could have many meanings. And I’m going to evade this question.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
The bits I had to read from Christopher Columbus’s journals. Man, I really didn’t care about that.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
A Comedy of Errors. And that’s not that obscure.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?

18) Roth or Updike?

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
I don’t like funny things. Especially not creative nonfiction funny things.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Probably Shakespeare. Chaucer’s great, but … I don’t know. I don’t do the epic poetry thing. I like more free verse/contemporary poetry. Or, you know, the post-1800 stuff.

21) Austen or Eliot?
They are in such different categories in my mind that I can’t choose. Austen writes really great novels, Eliot writes really great poems. But I’m leaning toward Austen.

[most western numerical systems include a 22 somewhere around here]

23) What is your favorite novel?
“The Mists of Avalon.” At the moment. I also love 1984, The Once and Future King, and the Lord of the Rings (and yes, I count the last two as one novel, even though they’re both technically more than one.)

24) Play?
The Syringa Tree.

25) Poem?
Oh, MAN! This one’s too hard.

26) Essay?
At the moment, “Civil Disobedience” by good old Henry.

27) Short story?
Something by Neil Gaiman.

28) Work of nonfiction?
I’m really, really excited to read “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” “Blessed Unrest,” and that one about coffee.

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Neil Gaiman, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and JK Rowling.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Stephanie Meyer.

31) What is your desert island book?
The Mists of Avalon. Because it’s really long. The Little Prince because it’s beautiful.

32) Who is your favorite critic or scholar?
bell hooks

33) Who is your favorite philosopher?
Thich Nhat Hanh

34) Who is your favorite public intellectual?
How is this different from 32?

35) And… what are you reading right now?
“The Lady and the Unicorn” by Tracy Chevalier, but I’m not really liking it. I’ll probably switch over soon.