3. What fictional character are you secretly in love with? I'm not in love with him, per se, but Atticus Finch has always been one of my favorite fictional people.
4. What book have you read the most times in your life? Unless the AP stylebook counts, probably "Raney," by Clyde Edgerton. I reread it myself every time I recommend it to someone, and it never gets old. Although I'm not sure how far its appeal extends beyond this region.
5. Favorite book as a 10-year-old? All things Judy Blume
6. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year? "The Shipping News" by Annie Proulx is the worst one I finished. There were worse ones that I abandoned.
7. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year? "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden
8. If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be? I think people should be encouraged to read what they like, not forced to read anything. That's how people start to hate reading. (On the other hand, some of my favorite books are ones I read only because I was "forced" to ... so I guess I'm a little conflicted on this point.)
9. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? "Moby Dick." I don't like it, I don't get it and I have no idea why it's a classic.
10. What are you reading right now? James. Over and over, trying to memorize it. But I'm overdue for a library run, and here's my list: "The Help," Kathryn Stockett; "The 19th Wife," David Ebershoff; "The Politician," Andrew Young; "The Unlikely Disciple," Kevin Roose; "The Patron Saint of Liars," Ann Patchett; "Noah's Compass," Anne Tyler