Author Meme and Catch Up

Towards the end of my contest, I was essentially rationing my posts.  I didn’t want the contest to end too soon, and I didn’t want to get stuck where I COULDN’T do Sunday Salon or Tuesday Thingers because that would be the 100th post.  Because of that, I put off doing the memes I was tagged for.  Both Lisa from “Alive on the Shelves” and Carey from “The Tome Traveller” tagged me for the author meme.  I cannot find the comment, but someone also tagged me for the 6 random things meme.  Since I’ve already done that, here’s a link if you want to see it again.

Author Meme:
1. Who’s your all-time favorite author, and why?

John Steinbeck.  No question.  He is the author of two out of the five books on the “Read These or Never Talk to Me Again” (opens a word document) portion of my book list (opens as a Word document).  The books are “East of Eden” and “Grapes of Wrath,” by the way.

2. Who was your first favorite author, and why?

Again, there is no question.  It was definitely Dr. Seuss.  “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat,” and my all time favorite (which nobody has ever heard of)….”The Butter Battle Book.”  Imagine my surprise as a history- and politics-loving high schooler when I picked up “The Butter Battle Book” again and realized it was thinly disguised commentary on the Cold War and the arms race, dressed up with fun rhymes!  Talk about a book that works at a lot of levels!

3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?

Margaret Atwood and Margaret George.  I’ve only read one of Atwood’s books, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but I LOVED it.  I’ve read two by George at this point (including “Memoirs of Cleopatra“)

4. If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?
Steinbeck, Atwood, Jean Plaidy.

Andrew Davidson and Doug Dorst may be there if they can keep up their good work.  Perhaps Jeffrey Eugenides too, because I really loved Middlesex.

I’m not going to tag anyone, because I think that most people already did it while I was procrastinating.  If you haven’t and you want to, though, feel free!

3 comments to Author Meme and Catch Up

  • Eva

    Interesting! I have a random question though, having looked at the booklist. Are the headings “You Must Read These to Be My Friend” and “Read These or Never Talk to Me Again” facetious? What happens if someone doesn’t agree with you? I’m just curious!

    About half of my good friends read, but we don’t always agree on books by any stretch of the imagination. Or movies for that matter, lol; one of my very best friends and I can’t discuss The Godfather. And I also really hesitate to suggest particular books to friends in the first place, in case they don’t end up liking them. I guess my friends and I talk about the books we’re reading, but we don’t do a ‘book club’ kind of thing.

  • Nothing ACTUALLY happens. Part of the reason for those headings is that the list was originally written for a specific person, a good friend in college. She and I had a fairly similar taste in books, but every time we were in Borders together I would be saying, “oh, that’s a great book!” or “ooooh, have you read that one?” Generally she hadn’t read them, so she asked for a TBR list for graduation. Then I got bored just listing them, so instituted those titles. So yes, they are facetious other than that the ones at the top ARE actually my very favorites.

  • I have had East of Eden in my TBR pile years. I bought it when it was on Oprah’s list and getting lots of publicity. It has yet to have its pages opened. One of these days I’ll get around to reading it.