April 9th, 2009

Mocking Cursor

Book Memes - ANSWER THEM

Meme #1:

Total number of books owned:
Hahahahaha... like I even know. I'll say in the realm of 1,000. Not having most of my books here in CA makes it difficult to know. Also, the thought of how many books I may one day inherit... scary.

Last book bought:
Andy Riley's new book - D.I.Y. Dentistry...

Last book read:
See above

Five books that mean a lot to you:
Dracula by Bram Stoker - duh. I used to have whole sections of it memorized. I don't anymore, and that makes me sad. First read when I was 17ish, and I think I must have read it a dozen times or more.

Matilda by Roald Dahl - when you're a tiny, glasses-wearing, shy, book-wormy, smarter than most people around you girl, Matilda can very easily become your idol. I still haven't completely let go of the hope that I will someday be able to summon the powers of telekinesis.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty - the single most terrifying book I've ever read. And not because of all the violent, pea-soup spewing stuff. The pacing of the story, and the detail-oriented, methodical process by which Regan's possession is examined makes all the 'supernatural' elements so much more impactful. I came away from this book physically afraid to read for several weeks because of how deeply this shook my thoughts on the nature of evil and what happens when you deny it. It's intellectual and visceral in a way I haven't found many book, especially 'horror' novels to be.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy - the writing is flawed, as on the surface it's like the 1905 version of a Harlequin romance. But if you scratch the surface and just accept the writing as a portal to the characters, it really is the basis for every dual-personality hero in the modern age. Batman, Spiderman, Superman, secret agents, spies... they would be nothing if it weren't for Percy Blakeney. And Percy is a hell of a lot more adept at masking himself than most.

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson - yeah, it's a comic strip that was bound first into different compilations and finally into a gorgeous three-volume complete set. But if I had to pick one single childhood influence on my humour, my outlook on the world, my imagination, it would probably be Calvin & Hobbes. Also, it taught be one of my favorite words: somnambulist.
Find me another long-running, successful, funny, comic strip centered around a family that uses words like that. And shows you some of the best things ever to do with snow...

Tag five people to continue this meme:
Everyone in the group

Meme #2:

1. One book that changed your life:
Cahrles & Mary Lamb - Tales from Shakespeare
I read my mom's copy when I was maybe 8 or 9 the first time. By 12 I was reading whole plays. By 15 Shakespeare was my favorite playwright (still is) and one of my all-time favorite authors (still is).

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
Bram Stoker - Dracula
Lost count, really, but it has to be over 12 times.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Other than 'How to build a boat'? Or anything BUT 'Robinson Crusoe'?
Complete works of William Shakespeare.

4. One book that made you laugh:
The Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket

5. One book that made you cry:
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
I know I cried when I read Bridge to Terebithia, I know I cried when I read the Anne of Green Gables series. But the first gut-wrenching, visceral bawlfest I remember is reading A Wrinkle in Time.

6. One book that you wish had been written:
I NEED another Thursday Next book. Need. Must. Be. Written.

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
There are so many... I think Joseph Andrews is the most asinine piece of tripe I've read (I have not been subjected to Pamela), and the only book to sustain more damage whilst reading it than Wuthering Heights.
I have a litany of 'classic' American books I wish didn't exist because I think they're the most overrated novels of all time...

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Cornelia Funke - Inkdeath
I really need to finish this. I want to finish it. I'm just too damn busy/tired all the time to read. Grrrrr

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Matthew Lewis - The Monk
There are hundreds, literally, that I want to read. But this is one of the cornerstones of gothic lit, and I still haven't read it. And I feel horribly guilty about it. I own a copy. I've made that step...

10. Now tag five people:
Everyone in the group