Friday Five:

1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)?
My gut reaction is to say novels all the way, but in the last year or two I’ve developed a sudden taste for non-fiction. Biographies, travel books, philosophy… you name it. So it’s probably 50-50 right now.

2. What is your favorite novel?
Oh, good grief. I don’t know. Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs is probably the book that I’ve owned the most copies of. I just keep lending it to people and then having to buy a new one. The ending makes me bawl.

3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!)
I went through a period of affectation in high school where I memorised a bunch of Edgar Allen Poe’s poems and thought I was, like, so deep. Nowadays I’m willing to admit that I don’t care for poetry that much. It’s one of my big problems with The Lord of the Rings, actually. As soon as somebody launches into a song my mind begins to wander.

4. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?
To my everlasting geek shame, I’ve only read one Terry Pratchett book, and I haven’t read any of the Dune books. I know, I know…

5. What are you currently reading?
A biography of Lucille Ball, and Gregory Maguire’s latest novel Lost. I also just finished The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, which I loved. I’m going to have to rent the movie now to see how it compares. After that, the Snook and I are taking turns picking books for each other. I’ve got him reading the His Dark Materials trilogy, and I think he’s going to make me slog through some James Bonds. Should be fun…


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  1. confession: i skipped all the poetry/songs in LOTR

  2. Thank god I’m not the only one. 🙂

    Now Roald Dahl’s poems… Those are fun. My favorite is the Oompa Loompas’ song about Mike Teevee and how you should never let your kids near your television. (The real one, not the crappy “Oompa loompa doompity doo” from the movie.) I memorized that for a speech competition once.

  3. I knew that reading others’ Fives would prompt more thoughts.

    Jaborwalki (sp?) is a great poem that I dind’t mention. I used to do those speech competitions occasionally, too. T.S. Eliot’s Cats poems are fun as well.

    I’ve also always meant to read Hebert. Maybe Dune would be a good future book club idea.

  4. Has anyone got a copy of the T S Eliot poem “Macavery, the railway cat” from Cats? Needed urgently please

  5. No. This is a blog, not a literary discussion group (or a homework service). Try the library.

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