Yup, it’s that time again. A book meme:
1. First book to leave a lasting impression?
Watership Down. I’ve read it again several times since I first read it back in 1982, still enojy it immensely every time.
2. Which author would you most like to be?
Mark Twain for the earthly knowledge and wit, C.S. Lewis for the spiritual knowledge.
3. Name the book that has most made you want to visit a place?
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Maybe the story isn’t exactly in a place (except for the ship) but I wanted to experience the adventures they did in all those different locales.
4. Which contemporary author will still be read in 100 years?
5. Which book would you recommend to a teenager reluctant to try ‘literature’?
Treasure Island. Still the best pirate tale ever written.
6. Name your best recent literary discovery.
Not recent–I rarely read fiction anymore–but the best discovery was Grace Livingston Hill.
7. Which author’s fictional world would you most like to live in?
C.S. Lewis’ Narnia.
8. Name your favorite poet?
Hmn. Don’t read much poetry, but my favorite also happens to be a songwriter: Bob Dylan.
My favorite lines he ever penned is the last verse of Tangled Up In Blue:
So now I’m goin’ back again,
I got to get to her somehow.
All the people we used to know
They’re an illusion to me now.
Some are mathematicians
Some are carpenter’s wives.
Don’t know how it all got started,
I don’t know what they’re doin’ with their lives.
But me, I’m still on the road
Headin’ for another joint
We always did feel the same,
We just saw it from a different point of view,
Tangled up in blue.
9. What’s the best non-fiction title you’ve read this year?
Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World. To learn how to determine what is real and what isn’t using logic and critical thinking, this book is a must-have. I haven’t finished it yet, so it’s also the entry for 18.
10. Which author do you think is much better than his/her reputation?
Good question. One which I don’t have an answer.
11. One book that changed your life.
Grace Livingston Hill’s The Substitute Guest.
12. One book that you have read more than once.
The Substitute Guest and Watership Down.
13. One book that you would want on a desert island.
The Substitute Guest or Watership Down. Oh that’s two? Well, in that case I should be practical: Where There Is No Doctor.
14. One book that made you laugh.
Any book by Erma Bombeck or Theresa Bloomingdale.
15. One book that made you cry.
None of your business.
16. One book you wish had been written.
A better blueprint reading textbook specifically for welders.
17. One book you wish had never been written.
Not a book, but a short story: Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man Is Hard to Find. Yes, yes, its a great example of character attribute switching and foreshadowing, but I FUCKING HATE THAT STORY. I hated it in college twenty-five years ago, and reading it again this year only made me loath it more. The worst part that it is nearly impossible to find and purchase a good book of short stories by various authors without its inclusion. ARRRRGGGHHH!
18. One book you are currently reading.
Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World.
19. One book you have been meaning to read.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich from cover to cover, instead of reading small snatches and chapters.