Thursday, August 10, 2006

Name One Book...

Thanks to Kelly over at Big A little a for stealing this book meme, which I now steal from her.

1. One book that changed your life?

No question, Little Women. I was 9, and it was the first book of such substance I read on my own. It opened up a world of other books by Alcott -- I still remember my disappointment that she was dead and wouldn't write any more! -- and then a succession of other great writers.

2. One book you have read more than once?

I keep a few books on my nightstand that I love reading pieces of. Currently, I've got Dear Enemy at hand, which is a sequel of sorts to Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. In many ways, Dear Enemy is better than the first, in its humor and energy.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

Also easy. Some sort of survival guide so I could identify edible vs. poisonous plants. But, assuming I get to take that one for free, I'd probably choose an unabridged complete works of Robert Frost.

4. One book that made you laugh?

William Goldman's The Princess Bride, which was even better than the movie. Goldman creates a wonderful voice as the editor/narrator of this book.

5. One book that made you cry?

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I got to the end and could not believe what I had just read.

6. One book you wish had been written?

My grandfather's memoirs. I would love to know more of his story.

7. One book you wish had never been written?

So many choices for so many different reasons. Perhaps any book by Madonna.

8. One book you are currently reading?

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, among others.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

I've been meaning to get past book 2 on the Lemony Snicket books, and past book 3 on the Artemis Fowl series. I got sidetracked months ago.

10. Now tag five people:

Ooh, I don't know the etiquette here. Must I tag people, or can I just leave it as open-forum. Post your answers in comments, on your blog, or not at all, as you wish.

4 comments:

Douglas Twitchell said...

My Answers

daisy said...
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daisy said...

Thank you for making think back on the books I've read, both the good and the bad.

daisy said...

1. One book that changed your life?

Gone with The Wind , I was in 9th grade and trying to get away with the thinnest book to do a book report on. I had also picked up Gone With The Wind at the library. The teacher (bless her) told me I couldn’t do the book report on the book I had chosen but she would give me 2 weeks longer if I did the report on Gone with the Wind. I took the extra 2 weeks and was hooked forever on reading. I remember her name was Miss Sutcliffe.

2. One book you have read more than once?

Christy by Katherine Marshall. I always have at least one copy on my book shelf and am always giving people copies of the book. I love Marshall's description of the year her mother spent with the proud people of Appalachia.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

Survival guide so I could identify edible vs. poisonous plants. A medical book to tell me what to do when I ate the poisonous plant.

4. One book that made you laugh?

Any Janet Evanovich book, The Artimas Fowl series, to name a few.

5. One book that made you cry?

John Irvings’s Hotel New Hampshire. I love his books -- he makes you laugh and cry all in the same the chapter. He always has great quotes, like after the plane crash, "Sorrow floats" (referring to the dog but it’s so true). When going through difficult times, I think of the other one from the same book "Keep passing open windows."

6. One book you wish had been written?

The story of the how my Grandfather's ancestors arrived in Quebec from Nova Scotia

7. One book you wish had never been written?

Any book where a murderer or rapist makes money off the book.

8. One book you are currently reading?

Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova I’m stuck on Chapter 1 and can’t seem to get back to it.