Book Meme!

I just read this, so I didn’t really get tagged, but I hereby tag: John, G, wren, Brian (who I can’t link to), & Cobwebs. Feel free to link to your own (whether I tagged you or not) in the comments 🙂

1. One book that made you laugh: I, Lucifer, by Glen Duncan. DH and I read this to each other on one of our many road trips. Totally light reading, with no redeeming social value (as my father might say), but still a fun ride.

2. One book that made you cry: Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. I was going to use this for #4 but the truth is, I cry every time I read it to the end. I cry when he visits Valentine at the lake and she convinces him to return to school. I cry when he passes his final “exam”. I cry when he realizes what he’s done. I cry when Earth does not welcome him back—when his friends gather around him to protect him from the adulation and the horror of his fellow man.

3. One book that you loved as a child: Fables & Fairy Tales, by Leo Tolstoy. I love this book. I love the way fables (and fairy tales) influence a culture. It was quite instructive to me to read them, even though I didn’t know what culture they came from. The more later learned about Russia, the more sense they made.

4. One book you’ve read more than once: Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder. I discovered this book in high school—a friend of mine simply could not believe that I hadn’t read it and insisted that I find a copy (in English, a fair feat) and read it. It’s a wonderful introduction to philosophy in an accessible manner (even if they’re already diving hard-core into Kant and Nietzsche, I would recommend—and lend—this to CatGirl and GameBoy).

5. One book you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it: Tell Me Lies, by Jennifer Crusie. By the time I realized it was a romance novel, I was too far into it to put it down. Now I reread it on occasion because it still cracks me up. I had imagined that romance novels would be far more explicit, but this concentrated on the personality of the guy and, while he’s not my type, that made all the difference. (I imagine…it’s the only romance novel I’ve ever read…I swear.)

6. One book you hated: Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. My professor told me to read it in high school while the rest of the class finished reading (whatever we had been assigned) and to tell him what I thought. I told him that I liked the story, “and a good author could have done a lot with it.” I’ve never been able to bring myself to reread it, but now I feel bad about that, since I think it was one of his favs.

7. One book that scared you: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. I don’t know how old one is supposed to be for this book, but I think I was really young when I read it. I still think of it and get that fear in my chest—when I’m speeding down a freeway so fast I can’t read billboards, or when I am confronted with a fire station and must interact with it.

8. One book that bored you: the Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov. Another high school book. I felt that we spent too much time on it and I really didn’t understand what it was supposed to symbolize.

9. One book that made you happy: the Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love & High Adventure, by William Goldman. One of my favorite books of all time, one that I can pick up, flip open, & just start reading at any point & reenjoy the whole thing. It makes me happy every time I reread it.

10. One book that made you miserable: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (who just recently died—I have to admit that when I read it, I thought he was already dead). It took me more time to read this than it took me to read Anna K..

11. One book that you weren’t brave enough to read: the Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien. My father read the first three (including the Hobbit) to me but I started falling asleep when he got into the Fellowship books. He never finished the second one & I never had any desire to start the third. I know, I’m going to lose major geek cred for that…

12. One book character you’ve fallen in love with: I guess Paul Atreides from Dune, et al., by Frank Herbert. (Does that restore my geek cred?) Although I kinda just wanted to be his sister, Alia. She was badass!

13. The last book you read: Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer. I have nothing else to say :-p

14. The next book you hope to read: I’m in mid-New Moon, so I don’t know if that counts. I did just get the Devil’s Delusion, by David Berlinski, which I’m looking forward to.

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  1. Gosh, I’ve been tagged for a meme. I’ve hit the big time.

    1. One book that made you laugh: “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

    2. One book that made you cry: “Old Yeller” by Fred Gipson. Although in my defense I was about ten when I read it.

    3. One book that you loved as a child: “The Sword in the Stone” by T.H. White. He has such lyrical writing.

    4. One book you’ve read more than once: I re-read a lot of books. Let’s go with “The Door into Summer” by Robert A. Heinlein. It’s the book that originally got me hooked on science fiction.

    5. One book you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it: If I’m embarrassed, why would I admit it? Um, John M. Ford’s “The Final Reflection.” It’s a frickin’ Star Trek novel. (But Ford is a legitimate SF writer and it’s really good. I swear!)

    6. One book you hated: I tend not to finish books that I hate. “Lord Foul’s Bane” by Stephen R. Donaldson is pretty dislikeable.

    7. One book that scared you: This one’s easy. Stephen King’s “The Shining.” Although I found it significantly scarier after I had kids, because suddenly I could connect with the protagonist.

    8. One book that bored you: “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. It may be a Big Important Book, but it’s not exactly gripping.

    9. One book that made you happy: Tim Powers’ “The Drawing of the Dark.” Neat, intricate plot, everything nicely wrapped up at the end, good writing.

    10. One book that made you miserable: “A Canticle for Leibowitz” by Walter Miller. It’s the worst book I ever wished everybody would read.

    11. One book that you weren’t brave enough to read: “American Psycho” by Bret Easton Ellis. I read some excerpts and decided that my Squick Factor was too low to read the whole thing.

    12. One book character you’ve fallen in love with: I’m rather partial to Roger Zelazny’s Jack of Shadows.

    13. The last book you read: “The Sword-Edged Blonde” by Alex Bledsoe. Light fantasy about a Sam Spade-type gumshoe in a sort of quasi-Medieval setting. My husband read it and knew I’d like it.

    14. The next book you hope to read: “Bonk” by Mary Roach. I’ve enjoyed “Stiff” and “Spook,” and this is her newest one.

  2. I love your list xJane–there’s enough there that I like, that I’m interested in reading the ones I haven’t heard of. And both of the kiddos have started reading Sophie’s World. I’ll work on them to finish it.

    CobWebs, Canticle for Leibowitz was indeed tough.

    I’m tagging CatGirl, Lessie, Elaine, Jana and someone else who wants to be tagged–just comment below with your link. 🙂

    Here’s my response:

    1. One book that made you laugh: hmmmm…this is a hard one for some reason. Maybe the America textbook by Jon Stewart? Or something by Dave Barry.

    2. One book that made you cry: Chaim Potok’s The Chosen. I’ve blogged about that a couple of times, I think.

    3. One book that you loved as a child: The Emerald City of Oz. My favorite of the fourteen in the series.

    4. One book you’ve read more than once: I’m going to cheat here and list a few. I read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings once every year or two for about twenty years. The last time was when I read most of it out loud to the kiddos a few years ago. Don’t know if I’ll pick it up again–I think I’ve moved on. I also reread Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose, and Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita fairly regularly.

    5. One book you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it: Why would I admit it now? 😛 I do have a thing for some romances though, including Wuthering Heights and I Capture the Castle.

    6. One book you hated: I really can’t think of anything at the moment. Usually, if I’m finding that I’m not enjoying a book, I don’t read it.

    7. One book that scared you: a short story, actually, by Philip K. Dick called “The Father Thing.”

    8. One book that bored you: can’t remember the last book that bored me. I’m fascinated by too many topics, and if something is boring, I don’t invest time in it–too many other interesting things out there. Judith Butler and Pierre Bourdieu were challenging, but not boring.

    9. One book that made you happy: Exuberance, appropriately enough.

    10. One book that made you miserable: Treblinka, about a break from a Nazi concentration camp.

    11. One book that you weren’t brave enough to read: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Reading it now, though.

    12. One book character you’ve fallen in love with: can’t think of any at the moment, though I can think of two authors: Jennifer Michael Hecht and Sarah Vowell.

    13. The last book you read: Territory, by Emma Bull. Note to Lessie: This is not a western! 😛

    14. The next book you hope to read: ooh, another hard one–I’m in the middle of a bunch, for school and for pleasure. The Road (McCarthy), Twilight, and Zoe’s Tale (Scalzi) are all in there as are Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore and Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.

  3. oh wow, I am so flattered! thanks xjane. k… lets see (this is off the cuff, I may think of better ones later and will update as I see fit 🙂

    1) a book that made me laugh: Chicks in Chainmail (and also Chicks n Chained Males) (oh, and can’t forget Did You Say Chicks?…)

    2) a book that made me cry: i used to cry whenever I read The High King by Lloyd Alexander, but it hasn’t effected me the same way since I left middle school. However, The Giver has made me cry at the end. both times.

    3) a book I loved as a child: The cronicles of Narnia. the whole set. I would re-read them evey few months.

    4) a book I’ve read more than once: well, see my number 3. and add to that the cronicles of Prydain (see my number 2) and also the Lord of the Rings, I’ve read those ones four, five times? wow… I could go on and on, I don’t re-read books that much any more, but used to do it extensively.

    5) one book I liked but was embarrassed to admit it- twilight.

    6) one book I hated- Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Your Growing Latter-Day Family (I’m pretty sure this was the one). Every single page I had to fight the urge to tear the book to shreads and burn it. (really, I am not a book burner, I swear!)

    7) one book that scared you- The Road, by Cormic McCarthy

    8) one book that bored you- I’m having a hell of a time getting through “What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s culture of deception”.

    9)one book that made me miserable- The Lord of the Flies.

    11) one book you weren’t brave enough to read… hmmmm…..? (there’s been lots of books I haven’t been smart enough to read, or interested in enough… but brave enough?… I’ll have to think about that one more.)

    12) one character you’ve fallen in love with- Jacob Black in New Moon.

    13) the last book I read- Wicked. and it was AWESOME!!!

    14) the next book I hope to read- hm, oh goodness, I have 26 books on my “to read” shelf at good reads, and that really doesn’t even scratch the surface… hmm…. how bout The Alphebet vs the Godess and also I would like to finish Early Mormonism and the Magic World View.

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