January 30, 2009

One Book Meme

Just saw this at The Striped Armchair. Looked like fun.

One book you’re currently reading: The Secret Scriptures by Sebastian Barry-It's excellent reading.
One book that changed your life: The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer-It taught me a whole new way of looking at self education.
One book you’d want on a deserted island: Norton Anthology of English Literature-So I would never run out of great books to read.
One book you’ve read more than once: 1984 by George Orwell -Hated it the first time, loved it the second.
One book you’ve never been able to finish: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell-I tried to read it several times when I was a teenager but I haven't tried lately.
One book that made you laugh: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde-If you haven't read Wilde yet you really should. He's hilarious.
One book that made you cry: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton-You can read my review here.
One book you keep rereading: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis-It's a family tradition to read the series every 4 or 5 years.
One book you’ve been meaning to read: The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent-It sit on my shelf patiently waiting it turn.
One book you believe everyone should read: the Bible-It's pretty self evident why.

Finally, Grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the fifth sentence:
"He went over the day before in his mind, the two officials, not impolite, and the pink, yellow, and white copies of the receipt they had produced." It's from The Vagrants by Yiyun Li, a new novel just sent to me by Random House for review.

If this meme looks interesting please tag yourself. And let me know so I can check out your answers.


Eva said...

Importance of Being Earnest is really funny!!

Petunia said...

Anything by Oscar Wilde is hilarious, and make great movie adaptations too.

Sue said...

Just curious...I, too, loved Earnest and have read it more than once. The Picture of Dorian Grey, though, was so depressing, I could only finish it by skimming. What did you think? Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind when I read it.