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