General ramblings

A Book Meme

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

Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood and J.K Rowling

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

I maintain only one copy for each book.

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

No? Didn’t even notice.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?


5) What book have you read the most times in your life?

Harry Potter series and The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?

I don’t remember. Probably something by Enid Blyton or one of the Nancy Drews.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?

Not to sound pompous, but I never pick up a book that I know I won’t like. I read extensive reviews before choosing my reading material.

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

The Trial by Franz Kafka. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga is good too. I even enjoyed The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. The Stranger by Albert Camus and Leviathan by Paul Auster.

9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?

Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood or Arundhati Roy? I’m heavily biased. Sorry.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

The God of Small Things again. This meme is getting boring.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?

The Blind Assassin by Atwood. It would be incredibly difficult.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.

I seriously don’t remember. I do remember this dream I had in which I was starring with Imran Khan. 😛

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?

Ugh..that shit by popular writers like Sidney Sheldon, Jeffrey Archer, Danielle Steel etc. I used to read these when I was in my early teens…not exactly an adult.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?

Disgrace by J.M Coetzee

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?

I’ve seen only Macbeth enacted on stage- this was when I was in school and I had free passes for a play that had been organized by Rotaract Club.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?

What kind of a question is this? How is this related to books? I have some Russian friends and they are wonderful people. Never befriended any French person, but I’m sure they are nice too.

18) Roth or Updike?

I don’t really care.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?

Don’t care

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?

Has to be Milton

21) Austen or Eliot?

T.S ELIOT!!! I am in love with “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?

Has to be the previous 3 years because I’ve been very caught up with academics and my work life.

23) What is your favorite novel?

Same as #9

24) Play?

Haven’t read too many. Dunno what to pick.

25) Poem?

Anything by Pablo Neruda or T.S Eliot.

26) Essay?

I’ve read some really good ones by Paul Auster and Salman Rushdie. Difficult to choose one.

27) Short story?

O. Henry stuff.

28) Work of nonfiction?

Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said.

29) Who is your favorite writer?

J.M Coetzee, Arundhati Roy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, George Orwell, Paul Auster, Naquiz Mehfooz…so many.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?

Paulo Coelho

31) What is your desert island book?

The Little Prince

32) And… what are you reading right now?

A lot of graphic novels…weird that this meme didn’t ask me for a name. I would highly recommend Blankets by Craig Thompson.

Got this meme from here. Feel free to tag yourself.


12 thoughts on “A Book Meme

  1. Dev says:

    Iam impressed by this meme of yours Ruhi!! You seem like a very well read person, especially for a girl of your age. I can see that you like Arundhati Roy a lot.
    I also like her. One may not agree with her opinions all the time, as sometimes they tend to border on extremes, but she certainly is one of those extremely few writers/thinkers/social activists in India who have intellectual honesty.

  2. Dev- Thanks! I think I’m lagging behind in my reading…I used to read much more. Kind of agree with you as far as Arundhati Roy is concerned. I liked her fiction writing. I’ve read some stuff written by her which is non-fictitious and she seems to be too much of a idealistic sometimes. I find it difficult to fathom.

    Shefaly- You can answer these questions with non-fiction in mind? Or replace fiction with non-fiction in the entire meme. 🙂

    • Took your advice and did it. But now am going to tag it with the names of the obscure authors therein. Seeing as someone has saved the post under the tag ‘obscure’ on a blogmarking service. Nice. Not.

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  4. I liked God of small things. I was in college when I read that and it was a notch above the kind of books I read at that time. But, still it was worth it.
    I will be ordering The Blind Assassin soon. 🙂

    • Yeah, I was in 10th-11th grade, I think. That book created quite an uproar. I think you’ll like The Blind Assassin= it’s quite different.

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  6. I agree, Paulo Cohelo is getting more attention than what he deserves…. I didn’t like anything after “The Alchemist” .. “Fifth Mountain” being an exception ..

    • Dev- Thanks for your comment. Rand has her own followers with whom I’ve tried to reason before. I’ve read all her books and I’m not ashamed to say that she doesn’t figure in my list. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

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