1) What Author Do You Own The Most Books By? Susan Wiggs. Somewhere in the ballpark of 25-ish. I discovered her historicals several years back and went on a massive glom.
2) What Book Do You Own The Most Copies Of? A tie between Breathless by Laura Lee Guhrke and The Firebrand by Susan Wiggs. I have two copies of Breathless and two copies of The Firebrand, one of which is an autographed ARC.
3) What Fictional Character Are You Secretly In Love With? Murphy Muldoon from Nora Roberts' Born In Shame and Dillon Hennessey from The Horseman by Jillian Hart. There's something about the genuinely "nice guy" as romance novel hero that just turns my insides to goo.
4) What Book Have You Read More Than Any Other? I don't do a lot of rereading. My TBR Anxiety is that overpowering. Books I've read more than once? I Do, I Do, I Do by Maggie Osborne, The Firebrand by Susan Wiggs and Breathless by Laura Lee Guhrke. If audio books count? Easily the Alphabet mysteries by Sue Grafton.
5) What Was Your Favorite Book When You Were 10-Years-Old? Sad to say I wasn't much of a reader when I was this age. My guess? The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger. Although I think I was older than 10.
6) What Is The Worst Book You've Read In The Past Year? Probably A Texan On Her Doorstep by Stella Bagwell. I have a couple other "D" reads I could have chosen, but as a feminist this one pissed me off the most.
7) What Is The Best Book You've Read In The Past Year? Kidnapped: His Innocent Mistress by Nicola Cornick. Harlequin-ized title aside, it reminded me so much of the books I loved and devoured as a teenager. It pushed all the right nostalgia buttons for me.
8) If You Could Tell Everyone You Know To Read One Book, What Would It Be? This is a tough one, so I'll pick the book I was the most obnoxious about in recent memory. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain.
9) What Is The Most Difficult Book You've Ever Read? Hard Times by Charles Dickens. So painful I couldn't even finish it.
10) Do You Prefer The French Or The Russians? Um, neither. Although I'll go with the Russians because they gave the world vodka.
11) Shakespeare, Milton Or Chaucer? Shakespeare - but only the tragedies. His comedies annoy the crap out of me.
12) Austen Or Eliot? Neither. Although I lean more to the side of the Austen camp.
13) What Is The Biggest Or Most Embarrassing Gap In Your Reading? The classics. I'm grossly under-read in "classic" literature. That said, my Lil' Sis was an English major, and she's given me the impression that I ain't missing out on much.
14) What Is Your Favorite Novel? Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck. It's breathtakingly perfect. Flawed characters, evocative setting, so emotional it rips your heart out - all in a story that clocks in at barely over 100 pages. Every single word counts, and Steinbeck says no more and no less than he absolutely has to. The greatest writer America has ever produced. Period. You won't convince me otherwise.
15) Play? The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Taken in context of when it was written, it's absolutely bloody brilliant.
16) Poem? Probably The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.
17) Essay? I don't read 'em - so I don't have one.
18) Short Story? I read a lot of anthologies, but nothing really stands out. I don't think I've ever graded a short story an "A." Lots of "B"s, but no "A"s.
19) Non-Fiction? Belfast Diary: War As A Way Of Life by John Conroy. One of the few books I was required to read in college that I actually didn't have to slog through.
20) Graphic Novel? I've never read one. Seriously. I know, I'm bad.
21) Science Fiction? I don't like straight-up science fiction. It's just not my thing. For hybrids, I liked Games Of Command by Linnea Sinclair and I enjoy Susan Grant's work.
22) Who Is Your Favorite Writer? Maggie Osborne. There's a real honesty in her books and she never pulled her punches. I wish she was still writing. The romance genre needs her. Hell, I need her.
23) Who Is The Most Overrated Writer Alive Today? Because I love invoking the ire of romance readers - J.R. Ward. Sorry folks. I can't get past the gawd-awful, horrible, mind-numbing dialogue and can't for the life of me understand how the rest of you can. You feel me?
24) What Are You Reading Right Now? Taking Care of Business by Megan Hart & Lauren Dane
25) Best Memoir? In My Hands: Memories Of A Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Opdyke. Technically "young adult" this story knocks the wind right out of you. I defy anyone to read it and not bawl their eyes out.
26) Best History? The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845 - 1849 by Cecil Woodham-Smith. Can you tell I was a college British history major fascinated with British/Irish relations? Everything you ever wanted to know about the potato famine, and a very accessible read.
27) Best Mystery Or Noir? Right now? A toss up between Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain and Money Shot by Christa Faust. I also have mad love for Loren D. Estleman's Amos Walker series.