Friday, September 22, 2006


Being tagged is pretty neat. I guess it means I have arrived, kinda. And a tag about books is a great thing so I am happy to do it. Thanks Julie. Oh I am probably going to misspell many authors names, sorry.

1. One book that changed your life - hardest question first.

This is hard because there have been so many. I may have to go with "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker. It isn't one of my favorite books, although I do love it, but I think it was one of the first books I read about the "African-American women's experience" or whatever and that sparked a life pursuit of this type of literature. I think there are far superior examples but this one got it started, I think. I don't have the best memory.

2. One book you've read more than once.

This is a hilarious question because I have read almost every book that I remotely enjoyed more than once. I would guess that "The Little Prince" by Antoine De Saint Expurey is the most read book of my life. I would say I read it at least once a year, sometimes more. It only takes about an hour. I don't really even have to read it anymore, I just kind of turn the pages and the words appear imprinted in my lacking memory. I think this book could be the answer to every single question on this list. However, that would make for a very boring post and I would never get tagged again.

3. One book that you'd want on a desert island.
This is a toss up between two. It would have to be something very long and very fantastic. It would need humor, mystery, and conflict. It would have to be complex enough for many re-reads. I am going to go with "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. I love love love this book. It has everything you would want in a story. Plus, Roark is sexy in his own busted way.

4. One book that made you laugh.

This is a hard question. I don't really read that may funny books. All the ones I mentioned previously have made me laugh, yet, when I think of a book that really tickled me I come up blank. I think I am going to have to go with "Notes from Underground" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. This is not a funny book whatsoever. However, those first few lines "I am a sick man, a wicked man, I think my liver hurts" or something like that depending on the translation, are priceless.

5. One book that made you cry.
I really want to bring "The Little Prince" back on this one. I don't know what book has made me cry more than that one. Oh, "Watership Down" by someone Adams that made me cry. I don't really know why it did because it actually ends pretty well. I still cried. I had become very attached to those rabbits.

6. One book that you wish you had written.

"Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein would be one I would be proud to have under my belt. This book was almost the answer to #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5. My mom read this to me as a bedtime story when I was about 13. Maybe it is strange that I got bedtime stories for that ling but it was quality literature so we'll just let it slide. To me, this story is a perfect explanation of human nature. It was just so beautiful. I didn't remember I cried until I thought about all the things that I could have answered this book as but man did I cry. Maybe I should switch answers. I'm too late.

7. One book you wish had never been written.

OK this may offend some people but I have got to be honest. "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" (by someone I can't be bothered to remember because the book sucked so much) was the worst thing I have ever encountered. I think that if you are going to have the balls to give your book a title like that you better either write the more satiric book ever or one of the best books ever. You can't pass off some depressing cancer story and call it good. It had been overdone and made me want to puke. Granted it was based on actual events so maybe it can't be faulted for being a cancer story but I just hated it so I don't care.

8. One book that you are reading at the moment.

I just finished "The House of The Spirits" by Isobel Allende a few hours ago and haven't had a chance to start another book so that will have to do. I absolutely loved it. I am going to be a little cliché and compare it to "One Hundred Years of Solitude," which probably belongs on this list somewhere, because it is by a Latin writer and chronicles the history of a family in a semi-magic world. It was a fantastic beautiful story and I kind of want to pick it up and start reading it again, something I did after finishing "One Hundred Years of Solitude" let's say that is why I am comparing them.

9. One book that you've been meaning to read.

Huh, that is a really good question. There are so many of them but none come to mind right now. I'll just say "The Curious Incident of the Dog at Nighttime" by ? because it is in my sister’s apartment and I have liked the cover for some time.

10. Tag five others that you'd like to do this meme...

I have always been kind of a chain killer but I'll pass this one to two big old bibliophiles
Monica and Jaclyn.

On another note, my sister has the funniest shower that I have seen since Amsterdam. Her showerhead is on the long side of the tub and she has no curtain. After three people used it, one of the drains in the middle of the bathroom floors in Amsterdam would have been very useful.

I don't have any music right now but my Dad and my Sister are singing "The Rainbow Connection" and they made me join in. That is the meaning of good times.


Lizza said...

The Little Prince is a superb book. So simple, yet so deep. I re-read it often too.

The Fountainhead is on my to-read list...where it has been languishing for quite some time now. I've heard nothing but good about it. Gotta make time to read that one.

Julie said...

I love the Rainbow Connection. I want to sing along too! :-)

Mom said...

Just a clarification about that shower:
It has a curtain. The shower curtain was in the "to-be-washed" pile. (No, please don't ask me why...)


Bazza said...

The Little Prince sure seems to be popular. Although I've always known it, I 've never read it. Ayn Rand is another one whose name keeps coming up in the blogosphere. 'The Curious Incident....' is told from the point of view of an autistic child and I found it a really enlightening read and I also thoroughly enjoyed 'The House of Spirits'.