Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Summer Means Time For The Book Meme

Julie D., over at The Happy Catholic, tagged me with this Book Meme. Somehow, I wasn't surprised. ;)

1.) One book that changed your life:
Fun With Dick and Jane. From thence, all other books were possible.

2.) One book you've read more than once:
As Julie D. complained, "Only one?" All right, then: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.

3.) One book you'd want on a desert island:
A really long one! Since The Bible is probably too obvious an answer, how about The (Annotated) Compleat Works of Wm. Shakespeare. (I've already read War and Peace.)

4.) One book that made you laugh:
Bridget Jones' Diary. Okay, I admit it--I'm easy!

5.) One book that made you cry:
Angela's Ashes

6.) One book that you wish had been written:
What to Expect When Your Child Reaches Legal, But Not Necessarily Emotional, Adulthood. Or How to Parent Your College Child Still Living at Home.

7.) One book that you wish had never been written:
Wifey, by Judy Blume. The only reason I finished it was because I kept waiting for it to get better. It didn't.

8.) One book you're currently reading:
Echoing Julie D. (again), "Only one?" Okay, Genpei by Kara Dalkey. It's about the Genpei wars among the three ruling families in 12th Century Japan, bringing in elements of Japanese fantasy, like their ancient gods. It's an interesting look at their culture before it opened to the West.

9.) One book you've been meaning to read:
Only one, again? Or the next one on the list? Seriously, though, Moby Dick or Richard Lattimore's translation of The Iliad. Mr. Lattimore's translation is written in verse and is supposed to be the closest translation in English to Homer's original.

10.) Tag five others:
Epiphany from Minivan Mom
Karen from The View From My Chair
Deb from Ukok's Place
Jay from Listen to Uncle Jay
Siggy from Sigmund, Carl, & Alfred