Friday, May 18, 2007

Favorite books

I swiped this from Bablebabe who stole it from Naked without Books, who swiped it from Bookfool, all in a long chain of thievery.

A book that made you cry: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

A book that scared you: Stephen King's Salem’s Lot and Scott Smith's The Ruins -- I'm still creeped out by any mention of Mayan ruins and any mention of vines.

A book that made you laugh: You Suck by Christopher Moore. Also Lamb by Christopher Moore. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel about the Apocalypse, Good Omens, practically had me rolling in the aisles. How can you misplace the anti-Christ?

A book that disgusted you: Bentley Little's The University. Although I've read and enjoyed many other books by Little, I just found the violence and mayhem in this one too gratuitous and too gross.

A book you loved in elementary school: The Little House books, Caddie Woodlawn, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Harriet the Spy. And almost any biography -- I read so many biographies at this age that other kids preceded my first name with Biography.

A book you loved in junior high: The Faraway Lurs by Harry Behn -- if the Jean Auel books had come out then, I would have read them -- I liked books involving prehistoric people when I was this age. I also loved and kept rereading Andre Norton's Daybreak 2250 A.D.

A book you loved in high school: Meet the Mob and, in keeping with that theme, The Godfather. In a complete switch in tone, I also loved James Herriot's books.

A book you hated in high school: I can't come up with one I just really really hated, although I wasn't fond of The Great Gatsby.

A book you loved in college: Oddly, I think because of the English major (which sounds contradictory but really isn't) I didn't read much in college but I did go through an Anthony Burgess phase and loved Devil of a State.

A book that challenged your identity: This is a hard one. Ann Coulter's Treason, not much but still it made me wonder.

A series that you love: Anne Perry's William Monk series, Katherine Kurtz's Deryni series (except the last three books) and Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

Your favorite horror book: Still after all these years, I think it's SK's The Stand. Also Richard Laymon's The Traveling Vampire Show.

Your favorite science fiction book: Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, Anthony Burgess' The Wanting Seed and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

Your favorite fantasy book: Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon.

Your favorite mystery book: Anything by Michael Connelly.

Your favorite graphic novel: The Sandman series is my absolute favorite although I do like Marvel 1602 and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Your favorite biography: In a total reversal of how I was as a kid, I rarely read biography even though I enjoy it when I do. So this one is not strictly biography -- Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

Your favorite “coming-of-age” book: This is not really a coming of age book; it's more an understanding your identity book but the character is young and her understanding of her heritage makes her grow up -- Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic.

Your favorite classic: Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. I know many people who love or hate Tess but for me it was always Jude.

Your favorite romance book: I don't read romance much but when I was young, my aunt sent me Victoria Holt's The Shadow of the Lynx. I loved that book -- I love it still.

Favorite kids’ book: I like Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and this book I used to read to my daughter -- it had a great mother/daughter relationship in it -- Big Big Sea by Martin Waddell and Jennifer Eachus.

Favorite cookbook: The River Road Cookbook -- Louisiana cooking

Your favorite book not on this list: Possession by AS Byatt -- this is one of my favorite books ever. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi. A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell.

Friday Shuffle
  1. Dirty: Christina Aguilera from Stripped
  2. Low Down Freedom: Waylon Jennings from Honky Tonk Heroes
  3. Somebody More Like You: Nickel Creek from Why Should the Fire Die?
  4. Anyone Can Play Guitar: Radiohead from Pablo Honey
  5. Boulder to Birmingham: Emmylou Harris (with Herb Pederson) from Heartaches & Highways (I have tickets!)
  6. Summertime in Wintertime: Badly Drawn Boy from One Plus One is One
  7. I'm Not Afraid: Jill Scott from Beautifully Human
  8. Moonshiner: Uncle Tupelo from March 16-20, 1992
  9. Prayer for New Orleans: Charlie Miller from Our New Orleans
  10. David Had the Blues: Rory Block from From the Dust


Iamthebookworm said...

Good Omens is my absolute favorite book! I laugh out loud every time!

Katya said...

I want my son to read it because he'd think it was funny too but I can't find it in my house!

Dixie said...

Ooo...I'll be stealing this meme!

And you shuffled Badly Drawn Boy! Yay!

Katya said...

Dixie: I thought about you when the Badly Drawn Boy song started playing.

I can't wait to read your answers to this meme.