This week’s Booking Through Thursday
1. Do you have a favorite author?
My favourite writers are Virginia Woolf and F Scott Fitzgerald. Not only because I respect and admire their writing, but also because I am fascinated by their lives.
EDIT: I can’t believe I forgot so many! There’s also Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton, just to name a few. And I might as well throw in J K Rowling, since I have that fetid – and completely unhealthy – obsession with Harry Potter.
2. Have you read everything he or she has written?
I think I prefer to name favourite books (i.e. individual works) rather than the collective ‘favourite authors’, because I’ve never read the complete works of any author. I’ve read two novels by Woolf – Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse – and a collection of her short stories (Monday or Tuesday) as well as extracts from her journals. As for Fitzgerald, I’ve only read The Great Gatsby and a couple of his short stories.
3. Did you like everything?
Almost. Mrs Dalloway and The Great Gatsby are among my favourite books, but I detested To the Lighthouse.
4. How about a least favorite author?
Probably Ernest Hemingway; although I can’t really say because I never really gave him a fair go. I once attempted A Farewell to Arms and was less than enamoured, but it was during exams and I didn’t allow myself to really concentrate on what I was reading. I’ll be reading more Hemmingway in the coming year, so I’ll just have to wait and see.
5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t?
Henry James, without a doubt. No matter how hard I tried to like A Portrait of a Lady and What Maisie Knew, I just found him incredibly dense and boring. Dickens used to fall into this category, but he’s starting to grow on me.