Monday, September 04, 2006


Answer any or all of the following:

- A book that has changed your life.

- A book you've read more than once.

- A book you wish you had written.

- A book you wish had never been written.

- Book you are currently reading.

- Book you have been meaning to read.

Thanks to Higgy for the questions.


At 7:37 PM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

Books -

- changed my life: Hmm, gotten lots of ideas from books. Not sure any really changed my life.

- read more than once: To Kill a Mocking Bird

- wish I had written: Lord of the Rings (the whole thing)

- wish never been written: Wicked (a very useless book but decent musical)

- currently reading: I think I'll pickup the Mouse That Roared. I have several other choices.

- been meaning to read: In Cold Blood, Catcher in the Rye and Catch 22. Have'em, just haven't started. I think I may have missed my window of opportunity for Catcher in the Rye. Didn't have much teenage angst myself.

At 7:44 PM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

I can't say any one book has "changed my life".

Books I've read more than once:
The Stand, Stephen King (original and unabridged editions)
Time and Again, Jack Finney (an all-time favorite)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Conan Doyle)
David Copperfield (Dickens)

Book I wish I had written?
So many I don't know where to start.
Life Among the Savages, Shirley Jackson
Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
Time and Again (as above)
The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy

Currently reading?
Complete Short Stories of Carol Shields
Darkness & Light, John Harvey

Book you have been meaning to read?
Talk about your endless lists!!
all of Proust (never happen, I'm afraid)
Catch 22, J. Heller (I know I should have read it years ago)

At 8:13 PM , Blogger Higgy said...

Book that changed my life - Please Understand Me. Taught me about my personality profile, strengths and weaknesses.

Read more than once - Pillars of the Earth. I can open that book at any page and get totally sucked in.

Wish I'd written - Don't sweat the small stuff - and all of the various sequels.

Wished it hadn't been written - insert the didactic religious text of your choice here. Anything that someone takes as absolute writ from God and uses it to oppress others.

Currently reading - Star Wars trilogy (Corellian series, set about 12 years after the end of the movies.)

Meaning to read - Raising the STones - a favorite of Lisa's that she's recommended to me for a while...

At 5:15 AM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

... changed my life - the Bible (sidenote to Higgy - I've never used it to opress others, and I'm not responsible for what other idiots do with it..)

... read more than once - The Bible (again), To Kill A Mockingbird, most of Jeffery Deaver's Rhyme/Sachs series and The Bone People by Keri Hume.

... wish I had written - The Bone People (sort of.. it's an incredibly powerful story. I guess I more wish that I had the talent to write the way that Keri Hume does.. it's so passionate and intense..)

... wish had never been written - The DaVinci Code. Aside from being pretty much completely unprovable, it was stupid and badly written.. and I'm not even saying that from a Christian viewpoint.

.. currently reading - I'm finishing up Peter & The Shadow Thieves by Dave n Ridley (I'm not just brown-nosing, I'm really, truly reading it!)

.. meaning to read - pretty much all of the "classics" that you're supposed to have read if you're a "literary" person.. the problem is that they don't particularly interest me. I'd rather spend my time reading my latest find from the library than trying to educate myself. Having said that, I have been known to go to the library, pull out a reference volume of Shakespeare's plays and tuck myself into a corner somewhere for a couple of hours.. yes, I am that kind of a geek.

At 7:04 AM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

Kaf, I thought about putting DaVinci Code on the "wish it wasn't written" list but decided to go with books I've actually finished:

Mary, Mary by Ed McBain (appallingly awful)
Telling Lies to Alice (originally Hello, Bunny Alice in England) (can't tell you how much I hated this; I persisted because her first two books were so good)
Silas Marner by George Eliot (worst "classic" I actually finished)

At 9:02 AM , Anonymous Dan said...

1) Walden Pond or Death of a Salesman.
2) Shadow Fires by Dean Koontz
3) The Alphabet of Manliness by Maddox
4) anything religious...dont get me started.
5) The Alphabet of Manliness by Maddox.
6) The Lord of the Rings...if i ever find 35 years of spare time.

At 4:45 PM , Anonymous kingw said...

Changed my life probably not, Opened my eyes, Confessions of Nat Turner, an impressionable age I guess.

I read Watership Down every year. Pillars of Stone is a really good book. Somehow lost my copy.

Can't really choose a book I wish I had written. Definitely one that made people happy after reading.

All books are important to somebody. There are some that really haven't done it for me. Personal choice.

Ben Franklin's Biography. Old Ben was not quite the person I thought he was. That and the Bathroom Reader.

Really can't think of one I have been meaning to read.

At 6:47 PM , Blogger cmrdin said...

changed my life... The Alchemist

read more than once... The Alchemist (I think I have read it at least 5 times in the last 6 years)

wish I had written... hmmm? working on it still ;-)

wish had never been written... don't think I have one.

book I am currently reading... Too many. Veronica Decides to Die, Obsession, DaVinci Code, I am sure there are others (I have a habit of starting a book and then starting another one and then...)

book you have been meaning to read... The Chronicles of Narnia, and many others.

At 10:25 PM , Anonymous Bismuth said...

changed my life? HS chemistry textbook -- it's what seeded my interest in my eventual career path

read more than once: many books by Orson Scott Card

wish I had written? Why Paint Cats

currently reading: Hunchback of Notre Dame. It's taking a while.

meaning to read: like many, Catch-22

At 10:27 PM , Anonymous Bismuth said...


wish had never been written: I just saw this weekend a book by Tucker Max... you know, the guy who makes his living bragging about his sexual exploits

At 10:35 PM , Anonymous insomniac said...

- An Adventurer's Guide To Number Theory by Friedman

-War&Peace, Atlas Shrugged, LotR(the 2nd time aloud to my son)

-(book I wish I had written) will I get in trouble if I say The Bible?

-hmmm... The Communist Manifesto?

-The Dogs of Riga, a Swedish murder mystery

-been meaning to finish Mason&Dixon by Pynchon

At 9:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A book that changed my life: This Dude's Not My Son - Mom.

A book I've read more than once: Hold My Beer! - The Naked Chronicles

A book I wish I'd written: Where The Wild Things Are

A book I wish had never been written: McFukledink's Guide To Extremely Painful Revelations. Wait, I do want that one to be written.

Book I'm reading: IRS Tax Code, Naked

Book I've been meaning to read: That one with the guy who isn't guilty.


At 5:20 AM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

so you've got 85% of the thriller/mystery section of your local library on the "waiting to read" list?`

At 11:42 AM , Anonymous mr.fisher said...

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
It is life changing indeed when one reads a book about one who is in an insane aslyum, but isn't insane, while one is in a sane aslyum, but is insane, while at the same time, it makes you question your sanity. Not that I've really know, that's just crazy talk.

The entire Dragon Prince series by Melanie Rawn (yes all 6! twice!!)

The Electric Koolaid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe (it's a story about Ken Kesey)

I can't say as such.

Lion's Game by Nelson Demille (I'm digging this John Corey fella)

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Never read it, but it's always stuck in my head, only just barely out of reach. Now what I mean?

At 7:45 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

Fishy, they made us read it in HS. It's not too bad.


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