Friday, November 10, 2006

Books 'R' Us


Thanks to MIMB for this little book quiz. Enjoyable.

1. One book that changed your life?

Message from Nam by Danielle Steel. I read this mass paperback edition in Grade 8 and not only did it teach me about the complex politics of the Vietnam War but it also taught me some early lessons in the various adjectives that can be used to describe the throbbing male love bone.

2. One book that you have read more than once?
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Cliche answer, I know..but it's true! I first read this book when I was 15 and since then I've read it every 5 years - kind of like a tetanus shot. What I love about these rereads is that the plot takes on different nuances and I notice different details as I grow older.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?
The complete stories of Dorothy Parker. Or Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. Both seering in wit and commentary on their contemporary societies, I am endlessly amused by their female characters.

4. One book that made you cry?
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I have to agree with MIMB on this one. Make no mistake, there have been several books that have made me weep like a little baby, but this is the most recent. And I sobbed - heaving, body-wracking sobs.

5. One book that made you laugh?
Social Studies by Fran Lebowitz. Her negative, stark and singleton reflections on city life were early indications that I would move to the city and enjoy a childless, latte filled, narcisstic existence.

6. One book you wish had been written?
**Apologies - upon reflection this post has been edited, I thought the question was "one book you wish YOU had written". Which naturally would have been Hitchhiker's.

One book I wish had been written???
Hmmm, I wish that there were "Choose Your Own Adventure" books for adults. Despite the fact that I always cheated, or ignored all the rules and read straight through, I miss those little adventures.
In the same the vein I also wish there to be an adult version following up on the lives of the Sweet Valley Twins. Oh Elizabeth and Jessica, where are you now?

7. One book you wish had never been written?
Citizen Girl by the authors of the Nanny Diaries. I received it as a gift from the bf during our first Christmas together. In theory I should have like it. It was about a girl, my age, struggling to shake off her early twenties and break into her professional years. Plus, it had a picture of a latte on the cover. Good signs all around.

Unfortunately the underpinnings of sexual degradation, harassment and masochism literally made me want to throw up and take a hot shower. It basically ruined Christmas '04. Way to go bf.

8. One book you are reading currently?
I just finished The Immaculate Conception by Gaetan Soucy and am starting The Children of Men by P.D. James.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?
Being a bibliphile - I currently own several books that I have yet to even open.
For a year I've been trying to read Devil in the White City - but the actions of a sociopathic murderer leave me unable to sleep. I don't think I'll ever get through it.
The top of the current "To Read" list would have to be Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

10. Pass it on Gentlemen.

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