Thursday, August 17, 2006

Lots of people have done this meme. Though I'd give it ago.

1. One book you have read more than once

The Blue Castle - L.M Montgomery. This is such a sweet book. Valancy, our 29 year old spinster living early 1900's Canada, finally shaking off the rigid, stifling social circle and cutting loose. Funny, romantic, pointed social commentary with quite a few "you go girl" fist pumping moments.
(Though I have never read Anne of Green Gables)

Also Dragon Singer, Terry Pratchett, Ian M Banks, Cadfael's, Ray Bradbury....the list goes on and on

2. One book you would want on a desert island

Lots of Shakespeare could be good. Many quotes and cool scenes to act out.
Also "How To Make Alcohol From Seaweed and Seagulls"

3. One book that made you laugh

Three Men and a Boat - Jerome K Jerome

Rob and I read this out loud while hiking the Overland Trail, Tasmania one Christmas. Couldn't speak from laughing. 'Weird hideousness' is a favourite phase for ever more.

Connie Willis's homage to Jerome's book "To Say Nothing of the Dog", is a time travelling Victorian romp.

Also Terry Pratchett, Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams....

4. One book that made you cry

"Paula"- Isabel Allende.

When her daughter falls into a coma, Allende sets out to tell her family history. It switches from her growing up in Chile, jobs, loves, her uncle Salvador and the politics of the time Totally fascinating and I would love to read those bits again. The chapters in the present with the family dealing with Paula's illness I couldn't read in public, and still prickles the backs of my eyes thinking about it.
That and pretty much everything else....uber sook I am.

5. One book you wish you had written

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
I wish I could turn a phase like that man.

6. One book you wish had never been written

Bible, is a bit too obvious. There are a few cool quotes in it and has inspired some good gothicy music via the likes of Nick Cave and 16 Horsepower.
Hornet's Nest - Patricia Cornwall. I liked her Scarpetta books but this one farked me off big time and I didn't even look at the sequel. Its the one I'm reminded of when I think of shite books and Ive read alot of crap books.

7. One book you are currently reading

'What You Make It' - Michael Marshall Smith. A book of very clever, creepy, sad tales.
I usually have 3+ books going at once.

8. One book you have been meaning to read

'The Blind Watchmaker' - Richard Dawkins. I been reading blogs and comments about him for a while now, both for and against. It sounds very interesting and would like to see for myself why and how he polarises so many people.

9. One book that changed your life

I've never had a life shattering changing book. There has been several which has helped me give structure and form to random flappings in my brain. Micheal Shermer- 'Why People Believe in Wierd Things' and "How People Believe' and Martin Gardners "Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?"
Many years ago I was saving up to travel, with no firm destination in mind I just wanted to go somehwere. I was reading Douglas Adam's 'Last Chance To See', and when i got to the Rhino section It was 'I'm going to Africa, of course I am' so I did.

10. Now tag five people

You know who you are....