I saw this meme at Bleeding Espresso the other day and knew I'd get around to it eventually. Since I'm in a time crunch to get a bunch of stuff done (including a couple of guest posts to be published soon at a blog near you) before I head out of town for a wedding this weekend, now seemed like the perfect time to take advantage a good old meme.
1. One book that changed your life: Bridge to Terabithiaby Katherine Paterson This book is the first book that I remember really affecting me emotionally. Not only did this book make mortality real to me, but it made me want to be able to tell a story that MOVED people. I loved books before this one, but when I read this book I wanted to DO that.
2. One book you’ve read more than once: To Kill a Mockingbirdby Harper Lee. Another book that had a profound effect on how I saw the world.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island: I don't think I can pick just one. Seriously. But if I have to, I'd have to copy Bleeding Espresso and say The Complete Works of Shakespeare. At least it would take me a while to get through.
4. One book that made you laugh: Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faithby Anne Lamott. Almost everything I've read of hers has made me laugh.
5. One book that made you cry: I already mentioned Bridge to Terabithia, and there have been many others, but I'll have to say Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
6. One book you wish you had written: Good in Bedby Jennifer Weiner. In fact, the whole time I was reading it I kept thinking, Why didn't I write this? It seemed like a story I could have told.
7. One book you wish had never been written: Can't think of a single one, although I'm sure there are some out there.
8. One book you’re currently reading: Ah, but there are so, so many right now. I've told you about a couple already. How about How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Randomly picking one off my shelf...Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson. There are at least two dozen more in my possession, not to mention the others I don't own.What books are on your list?
In other news, I've got a new article up at Radiant Magazine Online: Getting Back to the Source.