read_warbler (read_warbler) wrote,

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.
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