One Bookish People

7 Oct

I’m not usually one for advocating those sort of lists that come across as reminiscent of pre-teen methods of finding out information about your friends that you could probably gain just by asking them, and I am not really sure that such things qualify as memes per se, but my love of books and reading tends to trump most challenges, intellectual or inane.  So here’s one I found that was called a “bookworm meme”:

One book that changed your life

The English Patient.  But also, Any Human Heart, South of the Border West of the Sun, The Sun Also Rises, The Sweet Hereafter and The Shadow Lines. Books are meant to change your life, can’t limit it to just one.

One book you have read more than once

Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar (Rayuela in Spanish)

One book you would want on a desert island

L’Etranger by Albert Camus.  Or an empty notebook, so I could divide my time between writing SOS messages and the story of my death on a desert island.

One book that made you cry

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. Wait, real men don’t cry.
One book that made you laugh

That’s funny, I don’t read humor.

One book that was best read as a child

Abel’s Island by William Steig
One book you wish had been written

Catcher in the Rye with an Indian-American protagonist

One book you wish had never been written

Crime and Punishment — it took me an entire, excruciating summer to read it.  Books by Indian diaspora authors that rely on the exotic. No more mangoes, masala, and exile please.

One book you are currently reading

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

One book you have been meaning to read

Herodotus’ History of the World

One book you are ashamed to admit to loving

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (every year)

One book that makes you think

A Writer in the World by V.S. Naipaul

One book you’re always buying someone as a gift

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
One book that made you want to be a writer

 For Whom the Bell Tolls

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6 Responses to “One Bookish People”

  1. Rosk October 7, 2006 at 10:25 am #

    Hopscotch (Rayuelas in Spanish)

    are you meaning the one written by Julio Cortázar? That one is spelled without an “s”: Rayuela

  2. Anabelle October 10, 2006 at 1:03 pm #

    Rosk is mean!!!

    Rak! I didn’t know you have read Rayuela more than once. I do respect you more now! hahaha
    You know I will copy this for a post in my blog. 🙂

  3. fsowalla October 10, 2006 at 1:24 pm #

    You HAVE to read it more than once — it’s written that way. Por capitulo or por la orden sugerida por Cortazar, no?

  4. Anabelle October 10, 2006 at 4:02 pm #

    you don’t HAVE to, you can choose.

  5. Rosk October 10, 2006 at 4:44 pm #

    Anabelle,

    I’m not mean, I’m just a former librarian with LOADS of time.

  6. Rosk October 10, 2006 at 4:45 pm #

    but for the record… I never finished it, have to buy it next time in Barcelona.

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