Saturday, September 23, 2006

Tag, I’m It – Book Meme


Ian over at EDog’s Everything Page tagged me to do his book meme. On Tuesday. I’m just now getting to it. This is not because I don’t read, mind you. I just read a lot of children’s books, which may reflect in my answers. So don’t tease me. There is a lot to be said for “Click Clack Moo.”

1. One book that changed your life - the hardest question first.
Let me start off by saying that for some odd reason, I love to read plays – always have. So the first book that changed my life is a play – Our Town by Thornton Wilder. I read it when I was 12, and it was the first book I ever read that spurred me to think about life . . . and death. Profound!

2. One book that you've read more than once.
Goodnight Moon. I have it memorized.

Oh! You mean adult books! Pride and Prejudice. I freaking love Jane Austen! I’ve read many of her other books more than once, too. Namely Sense and Sensibility. But Pride and Prejudice is my all-time favorite book!

3. One book that you'd want on a desert island.
Um . . . How to Build A Raft? How to Catch and Eat a Wild Bore? 100 Useful Things To Do With Coconuts? There are so many possibilities. But, I would probably go with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. You’ve got the sonnets and the plays – hours of entertainment and literary analysis.

4. One book that made you laugh.
Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Both much better than the movies (big shocker), and both made me laugh out loud!

5. One book that made you cry.
102 Minutes. A book about the fight for survival in the Twin Towers. It has several stories from survivors and stories about those who parished. You don’t know until the end of the book if the person you are reading about lived or died. It’s a great book, but very hard to read.

6. One book that you wish you had written.
Definitely the Harry Potter books! I mean, come on! J.K. Rowling is richer than the freaking queen! BTW, does anyone know when Book #7 comes out?

7. One book you wish had never been written.
Ian’s answer to this question was, “I can't fathom wishing a book had never been written. Even the bad ones...they're still books, which means they're magical in some way.” He has obviously never read Shock Radio by Leigh Clark. Worst. Book. Ever. Written.

8. One book that you are reading at the moment.
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type and Giggle, Giggle, Quack. Those are GREAT children’s books! We read them often.

On my nightstand, I have Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson. I think I mentioned in a previous blog how I love mystery novels with recipes. I know. It sounds weird. But they really are good (the books and the recipes). And I need something after a long day that is not going to make me think!

9. One book that you've been meaning to read.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It is on the book shelf here in my office, and I look at it every day. It is on my list! I used to be able to rip through a book in one or two days. It takes me a little longer than that now. But I will get to it! I promise!

10. Five others that you'd like to do this.
Hmmm . . . since I waited several days to do this (that’ll teach me), it seems like everyone in the blogosphere has already been tagged. Baaaa! This tells me I need to expand my blog circle! So for the people who have no idea who I am, Hi! I’m Neila. You’ve just been tagged to do the book meme! I am tagging Justin, Andrea, Penny, Crazymumma, and Sparky.


crazymumma said...

ahhhhh! Now I have to think! I'll get on that a bit later on. Thanks! And good luck with the possum....

Julie said...

Ok, there a theatre in Chicago that's produced Click, Clack Moo into a musical and it's awesome!!! I saw it with my campers when I taught at camp. I think they're planning on producing Quack Quack Whatever the book's name is too.

I feel bad. I'm an actor and I didn't even think to mention the complete works of Shakespeare. Boo...

Sparky said...

Im happy to do it!

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Morgen said...

For question 6: about Harry Potter -- word on the official JK Rowling website is that Jo hasn't finished writing/editing the book yet, so there's no release date set from Random House.

As for The Historian. My opinion = only read it if you have insomnia. One of my LEAST favorite books ever. But, my other half, who is into rambling historical stuff that apparently goes nowhere for eighteen thousand pages and then you get a half-page climax and then the author decides to go on for more clap-trap for another thousand pages or so -- he says it was a good book. So, there ya go: two opinions on The Historian (I still say: skip it).

Great meme, enjoyed reading it!

amy said...

That was a great post! Thanks