28 July 2006

The Joy of Reading

I’m adopting the previous rule of not using the Bible as any answer. You need to appreciate my adherence to the “one book” rule. At least a baker’s dozen titles popped into my mind for all 9 questions, all clamoring for attention (picture 6 yr olds when the magician asks for volunteers, all pretending to remain in their seats with at least one butt cheek raised, one hand raised while the other helps stretch the raised arm, “pick me” squealing from all mouths). And I did indeed pick one book for each category.
1. One book that changed your life:
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Oy vey. Just one? How about the complete works of Mark Twain? Bound in one edition, of course. Since my M.T. is bound in two editions, I’ll be fair and pick the edition that has Huck Finn.

Side note: I think I’m taking this too seriously, as if this list defines my life. I’m stressin’ out here! Too many choices! What if I pick the wrong one? My blood pressure’s rising. Ach!

4. One book that made you laugh:
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

5. One book that made you cry:
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

6. One book that you wish had been written:
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Oops. Thought the question said “you wish you had written.” Okay, real answer: (fingers drumming…Got it!) How to Make Your House Clean Itself

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now. (This was the answer from the previous blogger, but I feel it apt and so will leave it.)

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2 by Steve Stockman

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (I’ve actually finished The Brothers Karamazov. One question: did Dostoevsky not have an editor? Did I have to know the life story of every village member [he-he, that made me giggle] to understand the plot? But, still loved and learned from the book. On to my next Russian tragedy.)

10. Now tag five people: Tran, Kathy, and Sandi…sorry, I’m only tagging three.


Gina said...

I commented on my blog, but thought you might not see it, so here it is again.

You are going to LOVE ACFW and you'll probably be a bit overwhelmed. But don't worry! A WIP is a Work In Progress. It's what you're working on right now. If you'e not a member of ACFW I suggest you join and subscribe to the loop. It is a wealth of information.

Hope to see you there.

San said...

1. One book that changed your life: Under the Unpredictable Plant by Eugene Peterson

2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich

3. One book you’d want on a desert island: Desert Island Survival for Dummies, perhaps? The Boy Scout Handbook? If you mean for entertainment, something by Jane Austen. Probably Emma.

4. One book that made you laugh: The Philippian Fragment by Calvin Miller

5. One book that made you cry:
Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

6. One book that you wish had been written: How to Drop 20 Pounds in a Day without Endangering Your Health

7. One book that you wish had never been written: Wild at Heart. Oy. Dominion was given to Adam and his SONS? No, sorry, that would be Adam and EVE. Don't get me started.

8. One book you’re currently reading: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Dante's Divine Comedy. (I'll get my chance this fall at UTD.)

10. Now tag five people: I'm gonna make it, three, also. Kelley, Jacob, and Greta.

J Hearne said...

Good to see your selections. Don't tell anybody but I'm really not a fan of Austen. I really can't get into her. I do appreciate the Count of Monte Cristo, though.

tranthegirl said...

Done! I didn't copy your Jane Austen for #2... it just so happened. Shoot, I bet 8 out of 10 women love some specific Jane Austen book, identifying w/ the heroine. I made that stat up. And why the heck does the English language have heroin and heroine homonyms? Dumb. See you soon.

Beyond Words said...

Hmmm...I've been sidetracked by my day job. I'll leave my answer at my blog....:)

Jennifer said...

Fun--I always love book chat. I actually posted some of my favorite books last week.

How is the U2 book and is it in print? I had come across it on amazon.com and it wasn't in print, but I think that my brother in law would LOVE it.

Heather said...

U2 is an excellent book. Yes, it's in print. I think I'm reading a reprint edition or something to that effect. The author thinks Bono hung the moon, which is fine with me, because I think he's the second sexiest man to walk the face of the earth (after my husband).

Kevin Stilley said...

Good luck with Anna Karenina. When I read it I fell asleep at least ten times on every page.

Blessings, and peace.

Jennifer said...

I did order that book, and my bil will get it in time for his bday. Yes, it looks like it's a reprint, but when I first came across it (maybe at Christmas), it wasn't available anymore. Cool!

sage said...

i feel bad having suggested Pride and Prejudice as the book I wish had never been written.

I too, at first, took the question about one book you wish had been written as one I'd wish I'd written (and I put down Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods).

I'd be interested in hearing more of your thoughts on Miller's Blue Like Jazz.