One Book That Changed Your Life
I read The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck in my 9th grade English class. It was the first time I’d ever read any significant work of literature and just couldn’t get enough. I was spellbound by Steinbeck’s rich, thematic prose.
Much more recently, I'd have to say that Neal Peart's Ghost Rider gave me great comfort after Rachel's death. Peart's travel essay/memoir resonated with both me and Rod, helping us to understand the grieving process and reassuring us that we weren't going crazy.
One Book That You’ve Read More Than Once
Oh, so many to choose from! I can’t think of any that I’ve read more than twice, but there are several in that category. I'll say Losing Julia by Jonathan Hull (others include Crow Lake by Mary Lawson, A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving, and Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg).
One Book You’d Want On A Desert Island
Moby Dick by Herman Melville. This is my husband’s all-time favorite book. He’s read it dozens of times and keeps insisting I should read it. I’ve managed to read the first few chapters, but got bogged down and figured I’d just have to take Rod’s word for it. However, if I were stuck on an desert island, the odds are pretty good that I’d finish the damned thing since there’d be no alternative.
One Book That Made You Laugh
Again, this is so hard to just pick one! I’ll go with Fifty Acres and a Poodle by Jeannie Laskas (others include Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson and Straight Man by Richard Russo).
One Book That Made You Cry
Kent Haruf’s Eventide has a powerfully poignant scene that actually made me cry real tears. Usually I just get a lump in my throat, but Haruf really tugged at my heart strings. OK, I’ll keep cheating. Here are some others that come to mind: Beach Music by Pat Conroy, The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard and Dear Zoe by Philip Beard.
One Book That You Wish Had Been Written
Pass. I can't think of anything!
The One Book That You Wish Had Never Been Written
Moby Dick (see above)
One Book You’re Currently Reading
I’m just about finished with Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. It’s been quite a compelling read.
One Book You’ve Been Meaning To Read
I’ve had Catch-22 in my stacks for years and plan to read it this fall. I vaguely remember reading parts of it years ago in high school, but for whatever reason, didn’t get very far. I’m going to start a Back To School Reading Challenge, beginning on September 1st, and Heller’s novel will be my first selection.
Now I need to tag five people. Hmmm, I think everyone who has a book blog has already participated (and this is a bit too long for a comment). If not, consider yourself tagged.