Well, I haven't counted, but chances are good that they're either books by Patricia McKillip or Jo Clayton. Competitors would have been Connie Willis and Kage Baker. All four are prolific female fantasy/SF writers; two have now died, one (Kage) just this year. All of them write very character-driven books. Willis and Baker have both been bought and given away by me so much so that my collection has been whittled down to just a few out of print books. I worked hard to aqcuire all of Jo's books before I moved away as they are hard to find in the UK (I'm reading one in this picture); I found it heartbreaking that she'd died before I'd ever even read a thing she'd written and her work was just so very good. I dribble them out to myself; I still have about five I haven't read. McKillip, well, her books are very re-readable and the lovely fairy-tale type stories with Kuniko Craft art on the dust jackets are so pretty that I couldn't bear to leave them in the US; I also brought the various more obscure paperbacks she'd written in the 70s and early 80s along with me. I lost her as an author for almost 15 years after first reading the Forgotten Beasts of Eld (a book my mom owned) and I didn't want to lose her again.
1. A fictional character you identify with and why.
2. Your earliest memory of reading or being read to.
3. Your favourite book aged 9 ½, or 13 ¾, whichever you remember best.
4. The book that’s been on your shelves the longest.
5. A book you acquired in some interesting way.
6. A book with a story for you, that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time).
7. What fictional character are you (secretly) in love with?
8. The last book you acquired, and how (begged, bought, borrowed?)
9. Your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next.
10. What author do you own the most books by and why?
11. Do you own multiple copies of any book? What are they? Why do you have multiple copies?
12. Book borrowing – do you use the library? Do you prefer to try before you buy? What about lending your books to friends? Are you a good borrower, do you remember to return books?
13. Do you reread a lot? Why (not)? Name a book you have reread many times.
14. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
15. Do you recommend books to other people? If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?
16. Adaptation: What book would you most like to see made into a film? Do you like to read the book first or see the film? Any books you have read after seeing the film version?
17. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
18. Your favourite book series & your favourite book out of that series
19. Your favourite picture, junior fiction and Young Adult books
20. Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
21. A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
22. Your "comfort" book
23. Favourite book cover including a picture!
24. Favourite fictional relationship (romantic, friendship, familial)
25. Most annoying character ever
26. Most quotable novel or 5 of your favourite quotes from any books.
27. Any five books from your "to be read" stack. What makes you select a book for your “to be read” stack?
28. Some firsts: First book you remember loving/being obsessed with. First book that made you cry. First book you gave to someone else as a gift.
29. Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)
30. The End: do you prefer everything tied up or to be able to 'make up your own mind'? What is the worst ending to a book you have read? And the best? (careful, spoiler tags!)