Thanks to both ABFH http://autisticbfh.blogspot.com/ and Taffy at http://prariehomeschool.homeschooljournal.net/ for tagging me :-D
One book that changed my life
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie. This was the first adult book I ever read. I found the book in my grandmothers book case not long after I ‘relearned’ to read at about age 8, read the first few lines then hid behind the sofa to continue, thinking I wasn’t supposed to read grown up books. I remember my grandmother laughing at me when she found me; why did I think I wasn’t allowed to read it!? She encouraged me to finish it even though I was struggling with the new-to-me pictureless format and the grown up vocabulary. I already loved books at that age, but this was my initiation into reading ‘real’ books, the kind you read from cover to cover and it hooked me for life.
After all these years, I still feel this vague whisper of my grandmother whenever I read Christie's books. Grandma loved her writing, too.
One book that you've read more than once
If I love a book I will ALWAYS read it more than once. The book I’ve re-read most, though, is Jane Eyre closely followed by the LOTR books.
One book you'd want on a desert island
The complete works of Charles Dickens because I’ve missed reading so many of them.
One book that made you laugh
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, all parts!
One book that made you cry
The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
One book you wish you had written
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I love that book. It’s the only science book I ever read that made me laugh out loud. Bryson is like the Mark Twain of non fiction writers--you’d have to be a gifted writer to make science that accessible and enjoyable to the general public.
One book you wish had never been written
That’s a toughie as I’m not big on censorship. I mean, if I could wipe out the genre of romance novels from my personal reality it wouldn’t hurt me any, but I wouldn’t deny them to others.
Other than that…
Should we delete Mein Kampf from existence? Would it have helped to do so? If so, I wish it hadn't been written.
One book you're currently reading
Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
One book you've been meaning to read
I started reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts a few months ago, had to put it aside about ¾ of the way through, then found I’d broken my connection to the book when I tried to pick up the thread. I want to go back and start from the beginning again, but it’s so big I’ve avoided it for the time being. It’s a great book, but at over 900 pages it seems like a huge commitment to start over!
Tag five other book lovers
Hm…I’ll try tagging Aspiebird, Autism Diva, Lisa/Jedi, Rose, and Andrea, but if any of you don’t have the time or inclination please don’t feel obligated!
Actually I’d love to see a list from anyone who’s interested--I enjoy reading these lists! So consider this an open invitation.