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Monday, August 24, 2009

Shopping and a Book Survey

For perhaps the first time in my life, I had a lot of fun shopping today with my mom, grandma, and sisters. I usually tire of clothes within fifteen minutes, then spend the rest of an hour vetoing the ugly things my frustrated mother suggests, until we're both steamed and empty-handed. This time, however, my sisters were more funny than annoying, and nobody told me to wear more makeup or suck in my stomach. We had a pleasant time chatting, acting like we were about eight years old ("My toe looks like it's growing a nipple!" said Grandma in the car ride there) and had good salads and awesome desserts at Bahama Breeze.

I bought two cute cotton dresses on sale at American Eagle, along with underwear, a black cami, black leather flipflops, and a short-sleeved orange cardigan. I got two pairs of jeans from Express (not that I, like, ever choose to wear jeans), and yellow shorts and a purple top from H&M, but my sister and I aren't really sure which of us they belong to, because my mom paid for them and we wear the same size. I positively drooled over a pair of obnoxious gold, sequined pumps, but they didn't have my size. I guess now I'll never get the chance to feel like Hannah Montana... unless I'm wearing all the other sequined crap I bought solely to feel like Hannah Montana.

Besides that, though, my evening was pretty uneventful. I spent a little bit of time with Sebastian, took a nice walk with my sister, and finally cleared the piles of clothes from my floor. The room looks great, and now I just have to dig through boxes to dress myself for the next week and a half. *thumbs down*

This is about the most boring blog on the whole internet. To spice it up (um, yeah right) here's a facebook survey I filled out the other night. If you guys want to fill it out as well and link to your blogs in the comments, I'd be interested to read them!

1. What author do you own the most books by?
Sarah Dessen (9) and Jo Rowling: 10 different books, and up to 6 multiples of each Potter volume

2. What book do you own the most copies of?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (6)

3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
I'm going to leave Matt [Lauren Fairweather's boyfriend, of The Whomping Willows]'s answer, because I wholeheartedly agree and am sick of explaining myself. "No. I write like I talk, and I'd honestly never say, "Of which book do you own the most copies?" That's just silly. I'm aware that sentences shouldn't end with prepositions, and that's good enough for me. "

4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Secret? I'll tell anyone who'll listen. Colin Singleton, Harry Potter, Severus Snape, Marcus Flutie, Remus Lupin, Seb Mantegna, Nick Carraway, Holden Caulfield, Hamlet, Pudge Halter, Q Jacobsen... and that's just for books. If I got into movies, we'd be here all night.

5. What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
I'm so glad Matt's only read the Potter series twice, because fellow fans usually go through convulsions when I tell them Half-Blood Prince is the only one I've read four times, and the others I've been through twice. I have, however, reread The Catcher in the Rye every year since I was fourteen, and I've read Jaclyn Moriarty's Ashbury/Brookfield trilogy about three times.

6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Beverly Cleary's Beezus and Ramona. My mom used to beg me to read other authors, but Beverly was my first literary love. Little did my mother know that, to this day, I'd still harbor a special love for the eight-to-eleven age group. I want to write for them. They're my calling.

7. What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
I don't know if it counts as this year, but Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn, without a doubt. Quickly followed by Heart of Darkness. (Not because I'm too vapid to understand it. Just because it's exhaustingly masculine, and the few good bits fight and struggle in my mind to be remembered among all the droning descriptions of boats.)

8. What is the best book you've read in the past year?
HAMLET, which I cannot believe I hadn't read before. Another contender is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. On a more superficial (but still beautiful and fulfilling) note, Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty. John Green's Paper Towns is also somewhere in the running.

9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey. It contains my soul.

10. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I would never wish that fate upon a book I liked. I'm really looking forward to Breaking Dawn, though, because HOW HILARIOUS WILL THAT BE?

11. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
I have faith that the ghost of Salinger will prompty choke to death any bastard who attempts to rape Catcher after it hits the public domain. For those beloved books that are less-well protected, I cross my heart. If Kristen Stewart ever auditions for Jessica Darling, I'm moving to Antarctica.

12. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Just two nights ago, I dreamt John and Hank Green were my eighth grade English teachers, and that they'd assigned me to make Draco Malfoy out of Sculpey. I also have a recurring dream in which I have to fly a Comet 260 to reach a light switch on the ceiling of a Sam's Club warehouse.

13. What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
I suppose I started the Twilight series when I was eighteen.

14. What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Le Petit Prince, as I read it in its original French, and I have a very elementary understanding of the language. The experience was totally rewarding, though, as that book changed my life.

15. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
I've sadly never seen a Shakespearean play performed live that wasn't one of the obvious favorites. Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Midsummer, As You Like It, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing. Probably another or two, but nothing obscure.

16. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I like me some Chekhov (emphasis on the SOME), but, as I've already said, Antoine de Saint-Exupery means a lot to me. French FTW.

17. Roth or Updike?
I'm amused by the little Updike I've read, but I'm no huge fan.

18. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Sigh. I've read neither. BUT I WILL. GIVE ME TIME.

19. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare. Not to sound like a cop-out or anything.

20. Austen or Eliot?
Austen! My God. Austen.

21. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Let's just say that whenever I watch one of Rosianna's videos, I hang my head in shame. Then perk up a little, because her voice sounds like chocolate.

22. What is your favorite novel?
I've already given them enough attention, but the true answer is a tie between The Catcher in the Rye and Half-Blood Prince. But I'm also partial to The Bell Jar, and, call me cliche, but I love The Great Gatsby.

23. Play?
The Crucible. Then Midsummer Night's Dream.

24. Poem?
John Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" will never, as long as the world is round, cease to make my head go all foggy with appreciation. Emily Dickinson and I also have a very unique relationship of note, but she's not my favorite.

25. Essay?
I've never read many essays outside of obligation. Chuck Klosterman's Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, however, made me tilt my head and smile a lot.

26. Work of nonfiction?
Stephen Greenblatt wrote a pretty great biography on Shakespeare. I'm big on those. I have Will in the World in hardcover. (...Because I stole it from my unpleasant AP Literature teacher. She deserved it.)

27. Who is your favorite writer?
Jo.

28. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Sigh. I'd rather avoid the drama. Chances are, you know my answer to this question already. If you agree, bite your lower lip and smile to yourself. If you disagree, put down the pitchfork; it's an opinion. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you're probably better for it.

29. What is your desert island book?
Half-Blood Prince. Gosh, I sound juvenile. I MEANT VICTOR HUGO'S UNABRIDGED LES MISERABLES IN NINE-POINT FONT.

30. And... what are you reading right now?
The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell. And I ought to start House of Leaves, for Sebastian's sake.

Sexy: My lunch. A salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges, grapes, roasted almonds, goat cheese crumbles, and yummy vinaigrette dressing, served with crisp flatbread. Followed up, healthily, with a mousse-covered brownie surrounded by a sea of melted vanilla ice cream and topped with whipped cream.
Unsexy: The zit on my thigh! I keep rubbing things against it, and it hurts!

Chipotle burritos this year: 27
S'mores this summer: 6
Subscribers: 19,763

Bye, guys! Hopefully I'll see you tomorrow. <3

116 comments:

Leah said...

I really, truly hope you mean mousse-covered, and not "mouse" covered.

Casey said...

oh gosh, you love Jaclyn Moriarty's Ashbury/Brookfield trilogy too? Finding Cassie Crazy is one of my all time favourite books, and I completely agree that I have had a crush on Seb Mantegna since I read that book.

kristenincolour said...

ah I'm reading velvet Elvis right now too!

seeing that made my night. none of my friends know who he is.
his books and videos make me cry, laugh, and want to do something more with my life every time.

kimg said...

I'm glad someone else well read doesnt like Heart of Darkness. I have a major in English Literature, and so I understand it's deep insight into the human soul, the symbolism, and blah blah blah. But I just don't like it for pretty much the same reasons you do. It doesnt really, 'float my boat.' (Worst joke ever.)

drpopcorn said...

I think Rosianna puts everyone to shame.
Being able to read four-thousand books a day is a truely remarkable thing.

Haley Bird said...

Seb Mantegna and Marcus Flutie DEFINITELY place in my book-crush list too.

Kate Andrew said...

omg. pride and prejudice and zombies! i'm reading that too! what do you think of it so far?!??
i'm enjoying it.

ps. can you please post a list of "teen series that aren't entirely popular but are great" please? i'm sure it'd make load of us happy! :)

A.J. James said...

Ahhh Leah beat me to the Mousse joke... *squeak* And as for the author that is overrated I whole heartedly agree with you.

Clowie said...

First time commenting but I've read (and loved) all your blogs,all your 5AG and hayleyghoover videos for some time now. You mentioned Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" and I HAD to comment. I love Donne, particularly that poem and I'm so glad to know Hayleyghoover likes it too. Also Heart of Darkness, I agree, I mean you can get a book, think its well written etc and still not like it. I also smirked when I read your overrated author bit, I know who you're talking about.

Chloe

absolutemediocrity said...

I really do want to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This probably stems from the improbability of its existence & the fact I thought the people who told me about it were kidding.

Eddy said...

I downloaded Mary Shelley's Frankenstein last week. Next rainy day I will read it. Just because hayleyghoover said it was good! I was going to save it for later this year, but you convinced me to read it sooner! My goal is to read 50 books this year. I was at 26 when summer started and I haven't read any since June.

Tenley Nadine said...

http://tenleynadine.blogspot.com/

I decided to do your survey even though I have lot's college work I should be doing instead. Oh well.

Brynne Annaë said...

I did this. Anything to keep myself awake and away from trying to cram more things into my suitcase for college!

http://bananabranmuffin.blogspot.com/2009/08/six-hundred-and-thirty-questions.html

Sara said...

that's so weird. I had a dream the other night that John Green was my homeroom teacher (even though I'm starting college, where there is obviously no homeroom) and I kept thinking that he might be my English teacher also, but I couldn't really figure it out.

oh and: "On ne vot bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." So hard to read, but definitely chock full of information.

TheOtherJessica said...

WHEN you read David Sedaris, I think you should start out with Me Talk Pretty One Day . He is an amazing author! I have all of his books!

Re: Harry Potter...man oh man, I have read those books too many times to count! Just this year I've been through them a couple of times. ( I don't know if I should feel happy, depressed or smug about this though).

notaclareintheworld said...

http://notaclareintheworld.blogspot.com/

That was excellent! Definitely better than all that "Name? Age? Are you single?" crap you usually get in facebook surveys.

TheOtherJessica said...

ALSO, I really liked Frankenstein too! So beautifully written, and because of it my new favorite word is hovel. haha

Melody said...

Wait...wait...wait.
Hayley G. Hoover has read 6 out of 7 of the Harry Potter books ONLY TWICE?!
EVER?!?!
*has convulsions*

SayAnything said...

You inspire me Hayley, and for that I take up the challenge...

I mean, I took the little survey thingy too.

http://sayanything3.blogspot.com/

SayAnything said...

Oh and I just remembered another of my favorite books, The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon. I read that book in high school and fell in love with it.

Pippa said...

Being an intense book nerd there were about fifty points during that blog post that i squeeled b/c we share the same taste in literature.

Franny and Zooey also contains my soul (if you haven't already, check out Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters and Seymour, an Introduction. And any Salinger fan must read his short stories).

Definitely check out Dave Eggers.

Also, I LOVE Ramona! Beverly Cleary is a genius in my eyes because of the joy she brought me as a girl (just behind Judy Blume for me).

Ok, I could go on much much longer but I won't. Yay for books!

megkatjo said...

I couldn't finish Perfect Fifths because the present tense bugged me too much. I loved the first four! Why did she change the format? "Jessica is thinking. She walks to the door." The constant play-by-play was frustrating. Also, read Sedaris. I haven't read as much as I'd like to, but once during Junior year I completely ignored my APUSH teacher while he was lecturing so I could continue reading "Me Talk Pretty One Day."

Also, sometimes I forget when I read your blog that you're a real human being. It seems more like I'm getting some sort of daily posted novel, diary style (kind of like the Jessica Darling series!). It's just strange, because we are the same age, and interested in the same things (for the most part.) The internet is a wonderful thing.

Emily said...

I loooove books, but somehow this survey made me feel like a very poor literature fan. Must -- read -- more....

:]

http://underthefairytales.blogspot.com/2009/08/book-survey.html

Brad said...

The tone of my response is happy, not bitchy. :)

Reposting facebook tags that I did three months ago on your blog does NOT count as original content. No copy and paste blogging Hayley. I call bullshit. :P

Hetero-male, don't know what to say about school-bus colored bottoms vs sunset colored tops.

And as for #3 "Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?" - No. I'm not a grammar-nazi schoolmarm.

KimbraSaysRawr said...

I read your answers to the survey as I was answering it in my blog, and let me just say that you make me feel a bit inferior when it comes to literature, but in a way that inspires me to delve deeper and find out what I'm missing.
Excellent post as always : D

If you want to see my answers, follow the link : )
http://kimbrasaysrawr.blogspot.com/

Keep up the awesome posts!

Natasha said...

Trojan ad in the sidebar.
Anyhow your answers to the book survey made me feel quite inadequate - not in a bad way, though. More in a why am I wasting my time doing homework when I could be reading? sort of way

epowerful said...

I bit my lip and smiled
and i just want to mention that my heart did a little skip when you mentioned:
1. Seb Montega
and
2. Les Mis (i don't know wether you were saying you liked it or otherwise but the fact that it's awesome enough to be in your blog makes me smile)
but then again, Twilight was scattered in your blog A LOT and most of the series (especially BD) is, as you would say, unsexy.

Unique said...

Oh, Hayley. I love your blog. and pretty much everything about you!

I've tried to read Velvet Elvis for awhile now but I'm having a hard time!! I don't want to rush through it, but because of it, it's making me not read it at all!

How's it going with you?

Rebecca said...

"...and now I just have to dig through boxes to dress myself for the next week and a half"
Careful. I did the same thing and ended up having to pack twice.
And you're in love with Holden, Colin, Pudge and Snape? Please explain. They all seem like very unattractive people to me. Maybe I need your level of insight in order to see what's so appealing about these characters.

By the way,
I LOVE the Great Gatsby too. Very few people seem to really, truly appreciate it for what it is. You're not cliche at all.
Oh and the Half Blood Prince... OH MY GOD. FANTASTIC character development. Although, I have to say, I like Deathly Hollows a tad bit more.

Thanks for writing Hayley,
Rebecca

PS I think you'd really enjoy both David Sedaris and Dave Eggers.

omgitslouise said...

The most overrated author answer almost made me cry I was laughing so hard :] <3

ThePeterIs said...

Not that I expect you to answer me... but I'm very curious to hear what you liked about Frankenstein. I read that last year and thought that for all the notoriety the story seems to have, it was the biggest let down of a read ever. Not once was I impressed with the writing, and I remember numerous plot holes, not to mention the main character just being a douche in general. But you seem to be...smart or something. So maybe you can explain to me why it doesn't suck.

Margaret said...

I did this survey on Facebook! Then one of the friends that I had tagged did it too. He DARED to a) say that Jo is the most overrated author alive today and then proceed to b) tag me in the note. Needless to say, a heated comment war followed, ending in a victory for the side of good, on account of his loss of interest in what I considered to be a conversation of VITAL importance.

Also, I'm not even hungry and I want your lunch. I know what I'm eating tomorrow...

traderbob11 said...

Once I noticed you had something like 250 responses. I wondered if you ever read those things, then I remembered your obsession with books.

I thought of all the Hayley faithfuls leaving you tons of blog addresses. You just soaking up all the words, your mouth dropped open drooling, eyes glazing over.

Hayley--you suckered me in-here's your link--enjoy

http://traderbob11.blogspot.com/

but the name is Tarah. said...

http://tarahpaintsdaisies.blogspot.com/

Hayley, if you read my Book Survey I might pass out from fangirling exhaustion.

But don't let that stop you please.

The Vagabond said...

Your answers are so awesome. I've said it before and I'll say it again, although you may tire of hearing it, I freaking love this blog and I love you for writing it. You're awesome.

http://vagabond-thewanderingsofananglophile.blogspot.com/

I did this survey even though it's 3:28 in the AM. The answers might be a little silly considering the lateness of the hour. :-)

Scott said...

Oh my gosh! P&P&Z is SO. FREAKING. GOOD. Glad you're reading it!

http://zomghorcrux.tumblr.com/

Jenny Tran said...

You know what Hayley...
You inspire me to read more.

Amy said...

They are opening a Chipotle in London!!!!!

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http://www.facebook.com/editnote.php?draft&note_id=125608014867&id=711358028#/note.php?note_id=125608014867&ref=mf

Treasonably Reasonable said...

I think Roth is well worth reading. 'American Pastoral' and 'Portnoy's Complaint' are both good - the former is quite bleak and a bitter of a downer, the latter is hilarious.

ginger jones said...

I just want you to know I really, really look foward to reading your blogs because I think they're well written, funny and insightful.

eibbore said...

I feel the same when I watch Rosi. She is so awesome.

Clouddyl said...

The Crucible, what an awesome play :D:D

I'd never heard of it until a few weeks ago when I saw it performed in the most awesome theatre in the world, near where I live^^

http://www.minack.com/theatregoers/webcams.htm

Yeah, thats built into the cliffside

Julia said...

"Franny and Zooey" also holds my soul, and I've read "The Catcher in the Rye" more times thn I can count.
I love me some J.D Salinger.
And movies...
Franny: Kristen Stewart
Zooey: Rob Pattinson
Holden: Zac Efron
While I'm sure these very "serious" actors will beautifully portray my favourite characters ever, I would probably jump off a bridge.
Just sayin'.

partyweetow said...

My survey: http://casey-connors9.livejournal.com/417793.html

I got it from Kayley the other day on Facebook. *feels stalkerish*

And I'm sorry, but I just don't like The Great Gatsby, and I think I'm one of like, three people who don't. Gatsby's a prick and Daisy's a clueless twat. Nick is okay, but most likely gay, which is fine, but I wish Fitzgerald would've just come out and said it if he was. The only person I like is Owl Eyes. There should be a book about him.

M.S.P. said...

I read Velvet Elvis and I loved it! Except someone told me that his kind of main-ish point of Jesus picking those un-fit for being a Rabbi is not necessarily that factual which is kind of a bummer.

Thanks SO SO SO much for the Jessica Darling suggestion. I read all five books this summer and loved it!

Katie said...

I almost wish I had been packing for school in previous days instead of reading your blog so I could do this survey! No time now, but I'd like to do it in the future.

Glad you had fun shopping! :)

agioacchini said...

This really has nothing to do with this particular blog, but last night I had a dream that you, me, Julia Child and Julie Powell had lunch and discussed how to be successful.

Deanna said...

you're blog is always so amazing I love it.

I completed the book survey not that I would expect you to read it, but if you felt the need:
http://www.misuseofairqoutes.blogspot.com.

GEORGINA said...

Franny & Zooey is top on my list to read next.

http://way-away.blogspot.com/2009/08/1.html

Nicholas said...

Ok, I did the survey in my blog... and it's always interesting to think about what you would force people to do, right? :)

Chris. said...

I most definitely bit my lip and smiled. and seeing the Midnighters reference made me happy.

Allyson;; said...

The Bell Jar terrifies me. I haven't read it because my friend says she never thought insanity so possible while reading that book. I do, however, LOVE Sylvia Plath's journals. I'd like to some day hear what you have to say about The Bell Jar.

Also, being an avid reader of your blog and videos, I couldn't help but chuckle to myself when I read your answer to the favorite author question. While you could have written paragraphs in response, you simply put Jo. =]]

justjustine said...

I did the survey - here's the link if you're interested:
http://itsjustjustine.blogspot.com/
:)

Samantha said...

The trouble I always run into is that I never used to keep track of books I read, and I would read them so close together that I now cannot recall the names of books that I enjoyed, particularly from high school. So my answers include a lot of Sarah Dessen :]

http://someonelikesam.blogspot.com/

Hannah said...

I have not had an eventful day. Therefore, I have spent more time than I really should have done completely my own book survey. Wow, I think far too much into things.

http://proud-veggie.blogspot.com

89ravenclaw said...

I think I will finally cave and complete that survey on the facebook, so look for mine there I guess.

Also, I expect an obligatory "everything-i-own-stuffed-in-the car" photo from you once you manage to move everything to the car.

to_thine_own_self said...

Hayley, I just wanted to suggest a book I think you'd really like.
Water for Elephants is amazing, if you haven't already read it.
Seriously, it's very well written and the plot is fresh.
Plus it's filled with adorable animals and the main character reminds me of Ron Weasley. Lol.

Indigo said...

I really hope you never again have the urge to dress like Hannah Montana, Hayley, because that just won't end well <3

Kacie Galyon said...

http://theworldisatyourfingertips.blogspot.com/

I just posted a blog with my review of the book I just finished - "My Life the Musical" by Maryrose Wood. Based on your videos and blogs, I really think you'll like it. It's about a high school girl and her "possibly gay best friend" who have an obsession with a musical on Broadway that is about to close. It's too funny.

Also, Marc Acito has a duo of books out which I ADORE called "How I Paid for College" and "Attack of the Theatre People" which follow a high school-age guy trying to get into Juliard and then this adventures surrounding that period of his life before and after graduation.

I am currently in love with Theatre-themed fiction and am trying to get the word out there about literature that focuses on Theatre and all things Performing Arts-related.

Hope you get a chance to check these out!

Sarah said...

How did le petit prince change your life? That's such an interesting book to change one's life with.

Kaitlin said...

I just finished The Spell Book of Listen Taylor.

I didn't much care for it, but I'd like to know if you enjoyed it :)

catcherofthekey said...

http://lovely00lia.livejournal.com/

This made me want to read so much more. My mom would laugh if she heard me say this, but I don't read enough.

I just finished reading Le Petit Prince in the original French yesterday! I had to read it for AP French (along with a tonne of other work I haven't made a dent in). I had read it in English before, but I didn't understand part of it until I read it again.

Robyn said...

Your blog is never boring! It's on my bookmarks bar, which is reserved for my favourite sites.
Anyway, here's my survey thingamabobber:

http://robyndrizzle.blogspot.com/2009/08/book-survey.html

Your Grandma sounds hilarious, by the way.

kira902k said...

I love your answers. :P

And yes, Rosianna is basically amazing. I feel the same way.

And I will now read Franny and Zooey in an attempt to devour your soul.

Otherwise, you're awesome.

-alex

Madeline said...

I did the quiz, and loved your answers :P
I actually love "A Valediction"! I used it in my grade 12 final paper.

Check out my blog if you have a chance!

http://madelinepease.blogspot.com/

Becky said...

Oh Hayley, I love your blog. So so much. The Great Gatsby is awesome. I'm glad other people think so.
<3 Becky

Anila said...

Ugh Heart of Darkness was so anti-feminist. Especially the end, it's all, lalala, you're a girl and you can't handle tough emotions so I'm just gonna lie to you because you're so delicate lalala.

Fuck you, Conrad.

HarryPotterNERDFIGHTER said...

Hayley, you shouldnt be ashamed that HBP is one of your favourite books. It doesnt sound juvinile. And who cares what people think anyway? HP has done some great things for you, and for the world.

I hope im never afraid to say Jo Rowling is my favourite author.

<3
Freya

barefootfiona said...

Isn't it interesting how muc hyou can tell from a person by knowing their taste in books?

This is my blog:
http://barefootfiona.blogspot.com/2009/08/as-per-recommended-by.html

Sarah Arant said...

I have yet to finish Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, despite the fact I bought it months ago. I thought it was a gift from God himself when I found it, because (pleasedon'tkillmepleasedon'tkillme) Jane Austen is among my least favorite authors, but I've just never finished it. I've read twenty pages of it's undead attacking hilarity, but then ended up reading school books and other things.
I aim to finish it by the time I graduate in May. I have it feeling it won't happen though.

seurat2 said...

I'll second that comment on David Sedaris, rarely have laughed so much reading a book. And there are a ton of great books by essay writers out there too, I could walk over to one of my bookshelves and read off a list of them with no trouble that are so good I had to have to have them. Rosi is one of my favorite youtubers, she is almost too cool to be from this planet.

Jonathan said...

http://lastgentleman.wordpress.com/

I did your survey for my blog post today. That was a lot of fun. I loved your responses. Good stuff as always.

Katy said...

Franny and Zooey is fantastic.

The fact that you've only read the Harry Potter books that much surprises me. For someone having so many copies, I'd assume you'd read them a dozen times each. But that might be a little much, huh? Actually, I know people who've read books twenty times each or more.

Elizabeth said...

Wow, first comment on here, I think.

http://ellie130.blogspot.com/2009/08/book-survey.html

I did your book survey because I didn't want to do homework. Now I have to go.

Tabby-Kate said...

RT @Leah - lol, I noticed that too, so true.
Suuuurvey!

1. What author do you own the most books by?
Terry Pratchett - I think my total is now 36, plus or minus 2.

2. What book do you own the most copies of?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (4)

3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
I can't say I'm enough of a gramer nerd to have noticed :(

4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
I have to agree with Hayley here, its no secret that I love the fictional male... I was voted most likely to marry a fictional character by my college hall. I would start to list them, but I don't think I have the time. Let just say it may go into the 100's, if we include video games.

5. What book have you read the most times in your life
I've read every one of the 167 books on my bookcases at least three times. ost read is probably the Harry Potter seires, which I read at least twice a year. Including the companion books.

6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
I know its cliche, but I a not kidding, it was the Harry Potter series. Honest! mym mu even wrote me a poem for y tenth birthday that had the line "Harry Potter is the King right now".... little did she know that that wouldn't change ten years on.

7. What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
I'm gunna have to go with Breaking Dawn as well, closely followed by the City of Bones trilogy. sadly I own all of them... which means I've read them all 3 times.

8. What is the best book you've read in the past year?
uh... 13 Little Blue envelopes by Maureen Johnson. Closly followed by my course book for metaphysics. amazing.

9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Uhhh... pass, I think forcing books on people takes away the enjoyment.

10. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
once again I concur with Hayley, and would like to add that they don't even have to ake a new movie, they just have to splice bits of lord of the rings, old shirley temple films (for Reneesme) and Alien together and they've got the movie.

11. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
uh, pretty uch any book that I love, really.

12. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Harry Potter taught me to cha cha... don't ask.

13. What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
uuuh the city of Bones series... I don't feel like an adult yet!!!

14. What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
A Yankee in King Arthur's Court. It hurt my head.

15. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
Much Ado about Nothing... not very obscure I know.

16. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
French, because I've never attempted anything Russian.

17. Roth or Updike?
Roth all the way.

18. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Read neither, but they are on my list, which currently streches into eternity.

19. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare. Chaucer is overrated and I've never read Milton.

20. Austen or Eliot?
I think I'll just quote you Hayley "Austen! My God. Austen."

21. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
The fact that I am yet to read more then two Austen's. *hangs head in shame*

22. What is your favorite novel?
Either the Hogfather by Terry Pratchett, or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

23. Play?
Midsummer Night's Dream, or possibly anything by Pinter.

24. Poem?
Oh gosh... too many to pick, honest.

25. Essay?
can't say I've read any of note.

26. Work of nonfiction?
Steven King's On Writing... I loved it.

27. Who is your favorite writer?
Jo. Hands down.

28. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
SM

29. What is your desert island book?
Deathly Hallows... or possibly one of those ultimate survival guides... I think one should be practical.

30. And... what are you reading right now?
Order of the Phoenix, What Katy did and Sloppy Firsts

Done!

Lily said...

As weird as it sounds, Frankenstein is one of my favorite books. People always seem kind of confused if I recommend it.

In any case, here are my answers if you're curious.

http://claudia-vice.livejournal.com/

Kristen said...

I did the survey too.

http://dontmakemeover.livejournal.com/148344.html

Kara said...

This is my first time commenting on your blog, I believe, though I've always been meaning too!

Anyway, I did the survey!!

http://hellooohowareyoutoday.blogspot.com/

Bigred719 said...

whoohoo I did your survey! Well one taken from the vast and scary depths of facebook.

http://meaghansshenanigans.blogspot.com/

Mairead said...

http://maireadbartlettsblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/survey.html

Its late, I know, but I feel like putting it there anyway. Hope anyone who reads it enjoys!

School has not started yet, and my two best friends both moved away, so I did this instead of my math packet entitled "Data Analysis 1".

abstractmina said...

I really enjoyed your opinions on these books :)
Here is my blog with my answers
http://abstractmina.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/filler-post-sorry-but-its-a-worthwhile-survey/

Nokorola said...

Sounds like a grand old time you had shopping. Though I really didn't have the time to do the survey I did, because I don't need sleep right?

http://phillbo817.blogspot.com

Have a grand day Hayley.

Maya said...

I'm a first time commenter! Yay!

http://mmayahawkk.blogspot.com/

You kinda inspired me to start a blog... cheesy I know. Haha

Miia said...

http://miiasgotablog.blogspot.com/

RoboFillet said...

Oh you're reading Velvet Elvis? Let me know what you think!

I should do this quiz too. Sorry, I was a couple of days behind on your blog. I'll give you the link once I do it.

Arden said...

I'm normally a lurker, but I decided to fill out the survey, so here it is: http://moonlitmists.blogspot.com/

Krazy_4_Kelly said...

Meh blog now continues this survey. It's very exciting lol.

krazy4kelly.blogspot.com

Dave said...

Rather then spending the morning doing actaul grownup work, I decided to do your survey!

http://osubrit.blogspot.com/

VicMorrowsGhost said...

"..my thigh! I keep rubbing things against it.."
hee hee

lanna-lovely said...

I filled this out last week, I love reading other peoples answers to it, I always end up adding a whole bunch of books to my To Buy list every time I read these. :P

I'm pretty sure you meant the same person as I put for most overrated writer. :P

My answers:
http://lanna-lovely.blogspot.com/2009/08/book-survey.html

O.o

kkupcake said...

sarah dessen is one of my favorite authors. all her books are simply amazing.
oh and breaking dawn being one of the worst books? I COULDN'T AGREE MORE! Disgusting, and awkward would be a good way to describe it.

Oh and a recommendation (idk if you'd want one but here I go anyway) would be the Pretty Little Liars series. It's the coolest series I've ever read. It's not cheesy or anything. It's actually kind of like a stalker/murder mystery series. Here's the website to actually get what the books are about.
http://www.prettylittleliars.com/series.vm
Seriously, you should totally read them!

Gomezzio said...
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Gomezzio said...

[Sorry, I accidentally clicked the Delete button thinking it was an Edit button -.-]

http://gomezzio.blogspot.com/

:]

Well, I didn't fill out the survey on this one, but I will MAKE everyone else a part of it do it! =D [It's a bit of a collaboration blog. Because collab's are in right now.]

http://10monthsofwork.blogspot.com/

Alex said...

Hayley, you're blogs always make me smile!

Survey:
http://chileninja.blogspot.com/2009/08/survey-hayley-so-kindly-provided-for-my.html


Thanks for a few minutse of distraction from work.

eibbore said...

Since you asked so nicely.

http://eibbore.blogspot.com/2009/08/books.html

*Gordon Ramsey voice* DONE

Catherine said...

So many comments make me feel insignificant. I agree on the most overrated author front, and really who doesn't?

smorasnki77 said...

http://smoranski.blogspot.com/

I know its nothing like your blog, but its only half the survey so far.

I really need to have a more well rounded reading list, so its not very good, but i'd love if you read it!

Kristina said...

I've been reading the Vampire Academy series, so far I am only on the first book but its pretty good so far. Link to my blog is www.kristinam08.blogspot.com

Your awesome Hayley

Raz said...

I keep meaning to read Franny and Zooey! And you'll have to tell us how Pride and Prejudice and Zombies goes.
http://razzlesaurus.blogspot.com/2009/08/book-survey.html

Anonymous said...

"I also have a recurring dream in which I have to fly a Comet 260 to reach a light switch on the ceiling of a Sam's Club warehouse."

you're even cool in your sleep.

Anonymous said...

I'm reading pride predjudice and zombies right now too!
It's slower moving than I thought it would be...

Andrew said...

If you motor your way through all 102 of these comments and actually read this, I'll be so super impressed. Either way, you're amazing. If you feel like reading the answers to another survey, you can click here! Woo.

Kasey said...

YAY for book surveys! http://blogeveryday2009.blogspot.com/2009/08/attack-i-have-taken-over-thursday-aha.html

Phoenix said...

I'm reading The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye and the Crucible in English this year and I'm excited. I'm kind of tempted to read them before we start them in class because you speak so highly of them.

AND my school is putting on A Midsummer Night's Dream this semester and I'm probably doing lights for it if it doesn't conflict with my doing Oliver at one of the local boys' schools.

blackandwhiteboy said...

House of Leaves is one of the best books I've ever read. Takes a while to get through, though. Put a year or two aside.

Anonymous said...

Franny and Zooey is amazing.

So is House of Leaves! Get busy!

runswithwands said...

You don't know how many times I've had dreams about John Green being my English teacher!

bassrocks9 said...

Jesus, Hayley. You make me feel utterly uneducated. I must read all these books (except for Harry Potter, of course. Read all the books at least twice.) I love you, though, because you prove to the world that once can like Hannah Montana and still be smart and funny and awesome.

Ellie said...

Here's mine: http://randomnesssomething.blogspot.com/

Katherine said...

I will reply again soon with a link to all of my answers, but I really wanted to ask what you thought of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. I am in love with that book. It's on my favourite books shelf. But I have never read Pride & Prejudice, so I kind of feel like I am cheating.

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