Monday, September 04, 2006

The Book Meme

Something to do on Labour Day.

One book that changed your life:
The Daughter Of Time by Josephine Tey. It got me started on a serious obsession with all things Tudor (I know it's about Richard III, the last Plantagenet). I know now more about Henry VIII than anyone outside of academia should know. And I love it.

2. One book that you've read more than once:
I've read a ton of books more than once. My favourite to read again and again is Little Women. I love Jo March.

3. One book you would want on a desert island:
How To Get Off A Desert Island by S.H.I. Precked.

4. One book that made you laugh:
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. If you've only seen the movie (my apologies), go read the book. It's seriously funny shit.

5. One book that made you cry:
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell. Sobbed like a baby.

6. One book that you wish had been written:
How To Avoid Marrying The Guy Who's Just Like Your Dad

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
The fucking DaVinci Code. Jesus, I hated that book.

8. The book that you are currently reading:
I'm always reading more than one.
Shoulder The Sky - Anne Perry
The Most Of P.G. Wodehouse

9. One book that you have been meaning to read:
Just one?? Good grief.
An Instance Of The Fingerpost - Iain Pears. It's been on my shelf for years and I just can't get into it and it sits there, making me feel guilty.


Nic said...

Hi, Julia. I love Little Women, too. And, I just discovered a spin-off, so to speak, called *March* which is about Mr. March's experiences during the Civil War. It's a 2006 Pulitzer winner, so hopefully it will to Louisa May Alcott and (Jo!) justice.

Oh, The Joys said...

I LOVED The Sparrow. I don't usually go in for that sort of thing, but LOVED, LOVED, LOVED that book!!!

Anil said...

I love the Hitchhikers guide and enjoy reading PG Wodehouse myself. But I have to say, I enjoyed reading (actually listened to it on tape) Da Vinci code.
Maybe my standards have fallen as I have no time left to actually read a book, I can only listen to them on the drives to and from work:-)

Joke said...

Jesus, I'm sure, is grateful you just told Him you hated that book.


Kerri. said...

I have a copy of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but I haven't broken in to it yet. It's been sitting there, waiting for me, for at least six months now. Is it seriously that good?

Sandra Miller said...

Awesome that you're reading Wodehouse-- we're huge fans over here (and secretly, I'm in love with Jeeves).

Another laugh-out-loud book is Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog-- it's a time-travel/Victorian/comedy.

One of my all-time favorite books-- the thing is flawless.

And on An Instance Of The Fingerpost-- a good friend recommended it years ago. Before I could start reading it, my husband gave it a go.

And HATED it.

If you ever decide to read it, I'd love to hear your take on the thing.

Major Bedhead said...

Kerri - yes, and you should read it forthwith. If it doesn't make you giggle, I'll eat my hat.

Sandra - I've added that book to my list and if I ever read Instance, I'll let you know. I've tried, several times, and each time it's just been sort of meh.

Sharon said...

I bought the "Fingerpost" book a few years ago. It sat around for a year or so, then disappeared. I bought another copy, which has since sat around for another year. I WANT to read it. I INTEND to read it. I tried a chapter once but wasn't grabbed. But I'm not giving up yet... until I lose the book again.

enumera said...

Hi Julia,
I too have the 'fingerpost' book and read about a chapter before I got bored and slightly bemused at is tome like dimensions.

The Sparrow - one of the best books I've ever read - I'm surprised though "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt isn't there, it sounds right up your street.

enumera said...

Hi Julia

The sparrow love it read it several times didn't make me cry - but think - I liked the Sophia character the most.

I'm surprised "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt is not on your list - sounds like it would be right up your street.