Wednesday, October 11, 2006

11 books.

My 1st tagging.
I've been tagged by
Nate of "Nate is a Blog".

I guess this is like a blog chain letter. Will I die in 7 days if I don't write this entry and make 1 other person watch the video tape?


I'm supposed to tag 3 people. I'm still rather new to Blogger, so I barely even know 3 people. And apparently I can't tag Nate because there are no "tag-backs". I am tagging Mikala of "Yada yada yada", Tiffany of "If I Were Queen of the World", and Missy of "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch". But you don't really have to do it... unless you want me to have bad luck for the next 5 years. (I'm a very passive-aggressive tagger.)

11 Books:

1. ONE BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
The Hobbit
and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937/1954/1954/1955)
My dad actually read the
entire series to me when I was 5 or 6. I really think I'd be less of a geek if he hadn't exposed me to so much nerdiness so early on. I could have been a cheerleader if not for these books. (OK, not likely.)

2. ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MORE THAN ONCE?
(ok, do you know how hard it is for me to pick just one!?)

A Wrinkle In Time
by Madeleine L'Engle (1962)
OR

Catch-22
by Joseph Heller (1961)

3. ONE BOOK YOU WOULD WANT ON A DESERT ISLAND?

Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1969)
Best book ever.


4. ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH?

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
by Douglas Adams (1987)
I'd say this was the best "detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic" I've ever read. And don't forget the quantum physics!


5. ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?
Phoenix Rising
by Karen Hesse (1994)
My friend Ashley told me to read this book when we were in 6th grade. It would still make me cry to this day.


6. ONE BOOK YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?

The Depression Book
by Cheri Huber (1999)
I could totally have written this book... well, if I were a
Zen teacher like her.

7. ONE BOOK YOU WISH HAD NEVER BEEN WRITTEN?

Flowers in the Attic
by V.C. Andrews (1979)
A friend recommended this book, telling me it was "a love story", when I was about 14 and I had no idea it was about freakin incest. What's worse is that there is an entire
series. (Shudder.) I am not friends with that girl anymore.

8. ONE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING?

The Misadventures of the New Satan by Anton Tammsaare
(1939)
Well, I'm reading it again for the 4th time.


9. ONE BOOK YOU HAVE BEEN MEANING TO READ?
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley (1932)
Okay, I got to the 2nd chapter this last time I tried, but then... I'm not sure what happened. Suddenly I was reading something else entirely.


10. ONE BOOK YOU'RE GLAD YOU OWN?

Reviving Ophelia
by Mary Pipher, Ph.D. (1994)
Somehow this book got my mom and I through my turbulent adolescence.


11. ONE BOOK THAT MUST BE READ ALOUD?

Fox In Socks
by Dr. Suess (1965)
I made my parents read it to me 20 times a day when I was around 3 or 4 years old. And then when I could read it myself I realized how evil it was.


This reminds me that I have this thing for book covers. Even if I don't like the book, I will read it because it's pretty. Talk about judging a book by its cover, I know. I'm book-shallow at times, okay? I really think that if I don't become a supermodel/astronaut/video game 3d modeller/talk show host/singer/animal rights activist/human cannonball/painter then I would really love to design book covers.

8 comments:

tiffany said...

BAH!!!!

BAH, i say!

to clarify, i'm not mad that you tagged me. it's just...why books?

you have no idea how much i love books. i will probably spend hours trying to figure out which book to pick for each category.

anyway, i guess i better get started.

tiffany said...

p.s.
you can email me that thing at tbates1 at emich dot edu

thanks!

Missy said...

I have two essays and a resume thing to do by tomorrow. Plus this. Wanna guess which one's going to get done first? ;)

Nate Smith said...

Haha! The only reason I continued this stupid tagging thing is because I didn't want those who tagged me to think I was dissing them. Well, that and I didn't have anything else to write about that day. Now I feel all guilty. Let's make a pact never to play tag again!

Nate Smith
http://nateisablog.blogspot.com/

Michelle said...

Okay, I finally did it - I didn't even realize I had been tagged (yes, as mentioned in my post, I'm slow).

And, I loved the Flowers in the Attic books - but then again, no one ever told me it was a true love story either (that's pretty damned disgusting). My mom told me about it and how it was all seedy and shady and freaky. I was amazed that the mom was horrible and left those kids in the attic.

g said...

those are some great books. A Wrinkle in Time is one of my all-time favorites too, and worth reading again and again and again. even when you're old like me.

my husband and i like to read aloud to each other in bed at night or on long drives. we read the entire lord of the rings aloud, which was quite fun. i recommend reading aloud as an adult - you forget how much fun it was as a child.

Echo Jones said...

Jen,
You know that I only read when you tell me what to read. Thanks for some ideas. Plus, I am so proud of you. You always reach for the stars for goals and dreams. If you become a human cannon ball I will be at every performance. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you liked Dirk Gentely. Don't erase this list anytime soon (within the next three years) so I can be sure to have it as a reminder to read all of these books inbetween the hours in which I'm cyber stalking you.

~Xellos