Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Book Meme

I've been tagged by the charming Emah S to do the Book Meme, so here it goes...

1. Name one book that changed your life:
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. It spurs me to try to follow my dreams. Actually, all of his books (I’ve read and own most of them) force me to think about things differently, more spiritually, I suppose. They offer me a semblance of inner peace that I don’t usually have.

2. One book you've read more than once:
Hmmm… There are so many! Let’s be a bit more high-brow, and go with Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel (though not in the original Spanish…).

3. One book you'd want on a desert island:
Any of Bill Bryson’s travel books would be excellent, thanks.

4. One book that made you laugh:
As with number 3, I’d have to go with any of Bill Bryson’s books. Don’t read them in public if you don’t want people to look at you strangely as you burst out in hysterical laughter (and I speak from experience, here).

5. One book that made you cry:
Marley and Me, by John Grogan. I absolutely bawled my way through the last few chapters.

6. One book you wish you'd written:
It would be incredibly cathartic to write a book about the long painful journey of having our son (and I think about writing it a lot), but I don’t have the strength to deal with those individuals and groups who will disagree with some of the very personal, painful decisions we had to make.

7. One book you wish had never been written:
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Need I say more?

8. One book you're currently reading:
I’m sort of in between books as I keep going through the Irreverent Guide to Amsterdam. I don’t want to start a new book so close to my trip, as I don’t want to find myself in a situation where I’ll be so close to the end when I leave that I’ll have to take two books to get me through. I’ve got two new books waiting on the shelf (She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb, and A Tale of Two Sisters, by Anna Maxted) and will have to decide pretty soon which one to take with me (any suggestions?).

9. One book you've been meaning to read:
Bill Bryson’s African Diary (I'm a big Bryson fan, in case you hadn't picked up on that - BTW, each link to Bill Bryson will take you to a different site).

10. Tag five people:
Ok. I’m going to do this a bit differently. I’m going to tag some of my regular commenters, who may not necessarily have blogs. If you don’t have a blog, write your meme in the comments section for this entry. Here we go! I’m tagging: NRG (of course!), Lisoosh, Anglosaxy (ok, technically not a regular commenter, but he is my former blogging partner, so… let’s hear what you have to say, m’dear!), Rami (because you totally intrigue me, and I always enjoy learning more about you!), and… I can’t think of a fifth person (because you’ve all done it already!). Anyone who wants to step up, feel free to do this meme in the comments section or on your own blog.


lisoosh said...

Did this for NC, but it was kind of rushed so I will do it again for you after a bit of thought.
LOVE Bryson by the way. I discovered his "Tales from a Small Island" in the waiting room while doing Jury Duty and became hooked. He is hysterical and that book desparately made me homesick for the UK, damp rooms and all.

Liza said...

That was the first of his books that I read, lent to me by Mr Anglosaxy himself. He thought I'd like it, and boy, was he right! Bryson's Australia book is the best one, in my opinion, but the others are good as well.

RR said...

I LOVED "She's Come Undone"- it was so fantastic I could barely put it down. I won't give anything away when I say that it's amazing that a man could write this book from a girl's POV the way he did and have it be so spot on true and accurate. Another book by Lamb, "I Know This Much Is True" is also excellent.

nrg said...

TAG, I'm it!

Oh, the pressure to remember all these books...

1) Name one book that changed your life: Just one? that's hard. The first one, then. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. I kid you not.

2)One book you've read more than once: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. And any children's book that my kids own, of course.

3)One book you'd want on a desert island: One that had instructions on how to build a boat... no, really, I think I'd just borrow Liza's Bryson books.

4)One book that made you laugh: Bridget Jones Diary made me laugh out loud. All the way through. And my own personal fairytale given to me as a wedding present. Everyone should have their story of meeting and marrying their spouse written in fairytale format!

5)One book that made you cry: She's Come Undone. Don't bring it next weekend, Liza...go for upbeat.

6)One book you wish you'd written:
I would love to write a children's book some day.

7)One book you wish had never been written: George W. Bush, George W. Bush on God and Country : The President Speaks Out About Faith, Principle, and Patriotism, (2004) He's actually written 3 books...

8)One book you are currently reading: The 3rd book about the Ya-Ya Sisterhood...just started.

9)One book you've been meaning to read: Anything Liza passes on to me. I am a book borrower more than a book buyer, and I will read almost anthing. I just love books! Oh, and I want to start reading Anne Holt in the original Norwegian...

rami said...

thanks for the tag. hope you had a nice trip, looking forward to read about it, if its bloggable. i answered your tag at home.

lisoosh said...

Still working on my list.
nrg - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Lorax. Loved it as a kid and it was the first book I bought my daughter, way before she was able to understand a word.