Sunday, September 24, 2006

My first meme!

Thanks to Jaclyn, I didn't have to come up with a topic for this post - I get to do my first meme. Here goes:

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

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. My brother gave me the Chronicles of Narnia for Christmas when I was in third grade or so, and my love affair with Narnia began. While the fantasy of another world that every day children could become kings and queens in blew my childhood mind, it was Lewis's ability to translate the key points of Christianity (and in all honesty, most major religions) into simple terms that stayed with me. In many ways I go back to his paraphrasing of biblical lessons more than I do the bible itself - somehow I feel like basic truths are more evident in Narnia than they are in the church (and most Christians!).

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

See above :) I reread the Chronicles of Narnia every year or two and fall in love all over again.

3. One book that you’d want on a desert island.

Something like Bleak House - incredibly long with intricate story lines that could be read and re-read to catch all that you miss each time through.

4. One book that made you laugh.

The River Y by David Duncan. It's one of my best friend's favorite books, but the fact that it was about fly fishing kept me from it for a long time. When I finally read it I was blown away - the characters are rich and hilarious - it's a classic coming of age story and captures life's lessons even as it tells the story of someone with a life very different than your own.

5. One book that made you cry.
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. I could not put it down and literally sobbed throughout it. The Mother/Daughter relationship hit me especially hard - that the woman you love the most in this world also has the greatest ability to hurt you, and vice versa. And that no matter what - somehow you make it through as you grow into adulthood and gain insight into that which you could simply dismiss as "crazy" when you were a child.

6. One book that you wish you had written.
Joy Luck Club. I just love the way so many different stories are told - again, with heavy emphasis on the mother/child relationship. The intersection of cultures and generations is fascinating as well - I would love to delve into such things and explore them as a writer.

7. One book you wish had never been written.
Anything Ann Coulter. She's just vile.

8. One book you are reading at the moment.
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. It's slow going - I'm incredibly interested in the topic (globalization more or less) but somehow I have trouble engaging in his writing. Of course the man's won many Pulitzers, so this surely says something more about me than about him! Lot's of interesting connecting-the-dots of the last 10-20 years as the world has truly shrunk, and what the effects of this are throughout the world.

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

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I know it's wonderful I just haven't made it happen!

10. Tag five (I'm only doing three!) others that you’d like to do this meme. about Sadia, my bro, and B. Also - any readers who don't have blogs who want to answer - feel free to do so in the comments :)


Blogger Me:The Sequel said...

Oooooh! Books! I love books. Hmm... will have to actually *think* to do this meme...

9/25/2006 7:21 AM  
Blogger Mac said...

Great list.

Ann Coulter...hehe...she so sucks.

I read 100 Years by Marguez (sp?) I'm not exactly sure it is worth the time. My suggestion would be Walker Percy's The Second Coming (which is an unconventional love story). Or, of course, your aunt Joan's (and my) favorite, A Conferacy of Dunces.

It was actually Percy who got COD's published after John Kennedy Toole's death. His mother plopped the manuscript down on his podium after a lecture and it won the National Book Award.

9/25/2006 7:55 AM  

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