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A book meme

Gacked from toomanybooks... a book meme.


1. One book that changed your life:
A biography of Mikhail Gorbachev I read when the Berlin Wall came down. I hadn't been reading with much regularity for years but that changed everything. It led me back into proper reading on many subjects and in various fiction genres I never would have thought of trying. I owe a lot to that book and I can't even remember the title!

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
I'm not a great rereader but there are a few series I reread from time to time. So, picking one - Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey, part of her Pern universe of course.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Well, I would beg to have the complete works of Shakespeare replaced for a start. I like to watch Shakepeare - not so keen on reading it. I'd go for Jane Austen's works or, proving what a Philistine I am, the Pern series or all of Robin Hobb's books. Something like that. The one book? Goodness, that's a hard question. Perhaps The Atlas of North American Exploration by William Goetzmann and Glyndwr Williams. As a map freak and someone with an interest in the subject I just adore this book.

4. One book that made you laugh:
The Bible According to Spike Milligan. And I'm not even much of a Spike Milligan fan!

5. One book that made you cry:
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. The WWI detail is heart rending.

6. One book that you wish had been written [or published]
The sequel to Sunshine by Robin McKinley.

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
All those bloomin' biographies of cretinous celebrities.

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. It's beyond brilliant and I don't want to finish it.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Oh Lord, where to start. Just one? Bleak House.

10. One book you're slightly ashamed to own.
None. I love them all.

Comments

I'm not a great rereader

You know, this is probably our greatest difference.

Cath, Cath, get up off the floor now - hang on, will send Ducky round to make you a restorative cup of tea. There, feel better now? Good.

I'm a great rereader, in fact if I buy a book, read it and know that I'm not going to read it again, I actually feel let down, and disappointed, cheated almost - daft, I know. With all the wonderful books out there, I have no need to reread, heck, I haven't read my way through all the books we have, and doubt if I will, but... If it's 'not a keeper to reread', I do feel let down :-)
"if I buy a book, read it and know that I'm not going to read it again, I actually feel let down"

Me too! I have a TBR pile of 400+ books, but that number includes books I've read before. I like the fact that I can read a book five years after I last read it and get something new out of it, or have an entirely different reaction to it.
Exactly!

I'm so glad to hear that I'm not alone in this.
I have a TBR pile of 400+

My first reaction to this was, 'Oh My God'. But then I looked around at my shelves and thought about how many of the books I own that I haven't read, including the non-fiction, and... well there must easily be 400 as well. I need to be a quicker reader.
You know, this is probably our greatest difference.

Well yes... but not as much as you might think. *g* I do actually *want* to reread quite a lot of my books - I love the idea of it. But then I look at all the books I haven't read on the tbr pile and think about the ones that are out there that I still have to discover. And... I know this is morbid... but I think about my age and the kind of news we've been on the receiving end of lately and I feel compelled to read new stuff in case there comes a time when I'm not able to. I realise that this thinking is not entirely rational but it's amazing what gets into your head sometimes. *g* I do understand your point of view though and to a certain extent agree with it because I really ought to make time to revisit the books I love.

Cath, Cath, get up off the floor now

:::Howl::: Ooooh yes, Ducky would be lovely. And if you could spare Gibbs that would great too. Some of that lovely banter would cheer me up no end. 8-D
"in case there comes a time when I'm not able to."

Yes, this is something I think about, too. And with my eye bothering me lately, I have to admit that my first thought is, 'what on earth would I do if I lost my eyesight?'...
Uh, didn't finish that thought! Meaning, the thing I'd miss most, I think, if I lost my eyesight, is the ability to read. I just can't imagine life without reading.
Well yes... but not as much as you might think.

Ah, that's good to hear, things are now once again all right with my world.

I understand what you say, utterly and totally. I have the same thoughts too, I must confess :-(

Ooooh yes, Ducky would be lovely. And if you could spare Gibbs that would great too. Some of that lovely banter would cheer me up no end

Ah, now that is good to hear. Gibbs was sulking rather and threatening me with head slaps because I dared to suggest sending his Ducky anywhere without him. So he'll be delighted to come along too and banter away with Ducky - hope you have plenty of coffee though to keep him happy, and tea for Ducky.
Yes, I did the double take on the 400 tbr and then thought about mine and came to a similar conclusion.

And, as caffyolay and I discussed recently, I too find myself thinking about my age and wanting to cram things, books, experiences, travel, everything! in now, while I can appreciate them. Probably something to do with my parents' experiences, as well bad news about friends. Morbid? I hadn't thought about it in those terms, maybe. But, yes, I find myself coming back to old favourites to revisit.

Like nakeishaI feel a bit let down if I don't enjoy a book enough to want to re-read it and that is the deciding factor on whether books go straight into the Charity shop box. Unfortunately, too many of them don't! So my tbr box has now been joined by a tbrr box - the ones I really really like go onto one of the bookcases!

Now, if there is a choice going on someone to give me a hand hoisting my tbr pile around, could I have Bodie and Ray please? I could keep them busy for a while - discussing poetry with Bodie, and I'd think of something to chat to Ray about, I'm sure! *BG* And I haven't been tempted into any other fandoms yet, so I don't wish to know who Ducky and Gibbs are! I just don't have time for another fandom!!