you know those "30 days" memes that are going around? well, here's one for "30 days of books," except i've no patience to answer one a day.

01:  best book you read last year:
Ian McEwan, Enduring Love.

02:  a book you’ve read more than three times:
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre.

03:  your favourite series:
Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, Scott Westerfield’s Uglies books, & L.M. Montgomery’s Emily novels.

04:  favourite book of your favourite series:
The Girl Who Played With Fire, Uglies, & Emily Climbs.

05:  a book that makes you happy:
John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley in Search of America.

06:  a book that makes you sad:
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go.

07:  most underrated book:
I can’t think of any.  I think there are many books that aren’t massively popular on a mainstream scale (and, in some ways, thank God for it), but I can’t think of anything I would consider underrated.

08:  most overrated book:
Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice.

09:  a book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving:
Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

10:  favourite classic book:
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenin.

11:  a book you hated:
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead.

12:  a book you used to love but don’t anymore:
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha [I loved this when I first read it in high school, and I picked it up some time during university thinking I’d revisit something from those awful years, read a few pages, and thought, What the hell was wrong with me in high school???]

13:  your favourite writer:
Leo Tolstoy.

14:  favourite book of your favourite writer:
Anna Karenin.

15:  favourite male character:
You know, I don’t know.  I think one would be Heathcliff from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

16:  favourite female character:
I don’t know this, either; one might be Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.

17:  favourite a quote from your a favourite book:
[Because “favourite quote” is an impossibility; I collect quotes like some people collect stamps.]

"I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind."
-  Catherine in Wuthering Heights

18:  a book that disappointed you:
Here are two:  Sheila Kohler, Cracks, and Marcus Zuzak, The Book Thief.

19:  favourite book turned into a movie:
[Thus far,] Ian McEwan, Atonement.

20:  favourite romance book:
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca.
[… did I just label this a “romance book?”]

21:  favourite book from your childhood:
[Honestly and not in an attempt to sound priggish,] Victor Hugo, Les Miserables.

22:  favourite book you own:
This is a ridiculous question to ask a book lover.

23:  a book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t:
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore[, because, once I read it, I’m out of Murakami until 1Q84].

24:  a book you wish more people would’ve read:
You know what?  I don’t know.  A lot!

25:  a character who you can relate to the most:
Here’s a cheat of an answer:  Sylvia Plath.

26:  a book that changed your opinion about something:
… none?

27:  the most surprising plot twist or ending:
Ian McEwan, The Comfort of Strangers and Enduring Love.

28:  favourite title:
[Off the top of my head, without second thought,] Italo Calvino, If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller and Invisible Cities.

29:  a book everyone hated but you liked:
I can think of plenty going the other way but not this particular way …

30:  your favourite book of all time:
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenin.