1. Favorite childhood book: Gosh, this is hard! Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and The Golden Compass, probably. The childhood book I still read regularly is Fire & Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones, though I read it for the first time at around 13.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I don’t know that I really have a “comfort zone,” per se. I read a lot of different kinds of books. The one thing I really wish I did more was read more international literature, which I am not great about - I tend to read a lot of British Isles stuff, with some American books thrown in, although some of my favorite books are things I read in translation (or in French, which is also something I need to get back to speed on - I am a total nut for French literature, UNLIKE YOURSELF, heh).
12. What is your reading comfort zone? Insofar as I have one: English & Irish literature, typically more on the literary fiction end of the spectrum, with a soft spot for the 19th century and certain pockets of the 20th century.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? Well, I can read French quite well but haven’t been doing it recently, so really: French, fluently. And, secondarily, Spanish, primarily for Bolaño and Paz and Neruda.
39. Favourite fictional villain? GILBERT OSMOND. I will never be as frightened of any character as I am of Gilbert Osmond. I bow down to Henry James’ genius in creating him. I also have a soft spot for Mrs. Coulter.