Thursday, January 17, 2008

One (?) Book

I've been memed by Heather, and I haven't been memed at all in a while, so even though I can't actually think of any of the right-for-me answers to the questions below, I'm going to try to answer them anyway.

1. One book that changed your life.

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok. I read it my senior year in high school, along with my first Dostoevsky and my first Fitzgerald. All three books rocked my inner, conservative-in-a-box, Evangelical world a little bit. But Asher opened up the world and ideas of art to me in a way I hadn't been able to access before, in spite of having grown up in a pretty creative and artistic family.

2. One book that you have read more than once.

All of the Chronicles of Narnia. Which isn't just one book. But . . . it could be. A really long one.

3. One book you would want on a desert island.

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. Though I don't know why, because it's so relational, and if I were on a desert island (unless I crashed there with a plane full of other people and we all survived), I doubt I'd be being very relational.

4. Two books that made you laugh.

The Lyre of Orpheus by Robertson Davies. (Not an all-time favourite, but I did laugh.)
How to Be Good by Nick Hornby. It was also poignant, but that guy manages to do poignancy with hilarity.

5. One book that made you cry.

The High King by Lloyd Alexander.

6. One book you wish you'd written.

The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton.

7. One book you wish had never been written.

Any of the ones I never finished reading. And maybe the one I'm currently writing.

8. Two books you are currently reading.

On Writing by Stephen King, and From Pentecost to Patmos by Dr. Craig Blomberg

9. One book you've been meaning to read.

Tiger Rising by Kate diCamillo. I found it in the children's section of a bookstore in London once, and then forgot what it was called and who wrote it. Then, just last month, thanks to Chris, I heard about it again on a podcast and knew that was the book I had been blindly searching for all these years . . .

10. Five people that I tag:

Cubical Reverend ('cause he keeps SuperPoking me on Facebook)
A Musing Mom
Craver VII
Greek Geek
and Barry Pike


heather a. goodman said...

Good job!
Now I have books to add to my list.
Tiger Rising has been on my list for a bit as well. That list is so long...

Christianne said...

Oh my GOODNESS. You're not going to believe this, but it's true. I was just sitting in the other room on my big comfy chair, considering this meme from Heather and what I could possibly give for my answers when it comes time to post it. Book I've read over and over again? I decided on My Name Is Asher Lev. Book I'd take with me on a desert island? My first pick was Blue Like Jazz, but then I second-guessed myself . . . because it's so relational, and what use would that be on a desert island?!

I find it some kind of crazy that here you are, giving some of the same answers as me, and for the same reasons. I knew I liked you, kid. :)

Oh, and as far as books that make me laugh, I hadn't planned it in advance, but reading your pick of Hornby's How to Be Good made me remember that his About a Boy was the probably the first book that ever had me rolling around in great gusts of laughter in my life. I love it!

Barry Pike said...

I am honored to be tagged!

This one will be fun, too.

A Musing Mom said...

Thanks for the tag! As I was reading your list I was thinking to myself that I could never think of answers to those. Well...I guess I could give it a try. : )

Craver Vii said...

One book that I wish I had now was either of the two Bibles I lost last summer. They were both versions I really like; they were worn just enough and always stayed open just right... plus, I could find stuff I needed real fast.

A Musing Mom said...

Craver, I feel your pain. I lost my Bible about two months ago. Thankfully when my husband bought it for me he bought two copies to replace my old one that fell apart (the extra for the day when it fell apart again). So I was able to switch to the second, but it's not marked up and doesn't fall open as you say. And the zippered cover that fit perfectly that I'd had twenty-plus years is gone too. sigh.

Jenn said...

Heather--yeah, mine, too!

Christianne--that is so weird it's almost creepy. A cool kind of creepy, of course. They're not kidding about "great minds." ;)

Barry--I'm glad I tagged you. Your picks were really interesting.

AMM--that's what I thought, too. But then . . . what do you know? A whole list!

Craver--yeah . . . :/ That's always a drag.