Books Meme

I was tagged by JJA for this meme:

1. One book that changed your life.

I’d have to say Ender’s Game. I’d always read a lot as a child, but the one that got me reading a lot of science fiction was Orson Scott Card’s novel. It was recommended to me from my honors history teacher in eleventh grade. I can’t remember why we were reading that novel. Only about five of us read it, and I think it was some sort of project where we talked about it in class. But I can’t tell you what we talked about or why. I just remember that teacher as being great at teaching people who wanted to learn and finding their strengths and weakenesses and working with them.

It was the novel that got me reading more of the classics as opposed to media tie-in novels.

2. One book you have read more than once?

Ender’s Game because I think it’s beautifully written.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

How about “The Ultimate Survival Guide” by John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman?

4. One book that made you laugh?

One of the Jennifer Crusie novels. I can’t remember if it was Bet Me or Faking It. Both were funny novels, but I can’t remember which book made me laugh out loud.

5. One book that made you cry?

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. It was towards the end where Doro realizes that he loves Anyanwu and wants her to live. Or maybe it was the other way around. I can’t quite remember since I’d read it such a long time ago. But I do remember that ending scene was very powerful for ome.

6. One book you wish had been written?

I want more fun cyberpunk books ala Snowcrash or Altered Carbon.

7. One book you wish had never had been written?

I generally don’t think this of any novel. If a book doesn’t interest me by page 50, I put it down. There are so many books out there that are written well that I’d rather spend my time reading those. But I’d say that the Harry Potter craze used to annoy me. Who puts a kid in the room under the stairs? Who does that? I couldn’t suspend my disbelief long enough to read the first novel. I’ve managed to see the first movie though and it wasn’t horrible. And I’ve also seen the last one on the airplane and I might have enjoyed that. But I’m not sure that I’d pick up the novels on the strength of the movies. I feel like I should read it because everyone else has. But you know, I get over that feeling right quick when I read about living under the stairs again.

8. One book you are currently reading?

I just finished By a Spiders Thread by Laura Lippman. I found it on the remainder shelf and decided to give it a try. It was a bathroom book. You know, the one’s that you put in the bathroom to read five pages at a time. I enjoyed it enough to take it out. I’ve started reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini. It’s good so far, but I’m only about 20 pages into it.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I’ve heard it was a good book, but it’s sooooo fat. It’s hard to read a book that long.

10. Now tag five people.

The people I think would enjoy this are: Jenn Reese, Jon Hansen, Stephanie Burgis, maybe Paul Melko, and….hmmm…I’ll pick someone new, Eugie Foster.

Also feel free to post here if you don’t have a journal and want to play. =)

3 Comments Books Meme

  1. The Slush God

    Thanks for playing! I feel so powerful. I command people to do things on my blog, and then they go do them. Hmm, that’s odd, I feel a malevolent laughter rising up within me…

  2. SarahP

    Jennifer Crusie’s books always make me laugh.

    And I’m with you on the Harry Potter books. Not that I don’t buy into the kid-under-the-stairs thing, but just that I can’t read them. Can’t.

  3. ling

    Slushy: I enjoy these meme thingies. I find them a lot of fun!

    Sarah: Have you read the latest with Bob Mayer? I was going to wait for the paperback because I’m not sure about the collaboration and I haven’t heard anything about it from anyone.


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