But, as I've mentioned before, memes are quite useful when you're completely incapable of original thought. And I hate to leave taggers hanging. And as you've already seen I like to make lists of things. And it's Friday so why not.
One Book That Changed My Life
Changed my life? That's a heavy burden for any book. I mean, Star Wars changed my life--how does a book compete with that? The closest I can come up with is The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. It completely altered my world-view on life on earth, our place in it, and the importance of protecting it. It should be required reading for everyone in the EPA, and may actually be at the president's reading level.
One Book I Read More Than Once
For once I'm going to avoid the obvious and not select anything by Tolkien. By now it should go without saying that I've absorbed his collective works into my blood stream. But I haven't reread anything else in a long time. I'll go back to college, when I read A Brief History of Time at least three times. The first two times were because I didn't quite get it, admittedly, but anybody who can try to explain the universe 224 pages and nearly succeed gets my vote.
One Book I'd Want On a Desert Island
I hate this question, because the obvious answer would be a book titled How to Survive and Flourish on a Desert Island. We can't all be Jeff Probst. I'm assuming it will be primitive living, in which I'll converse with a volleyball and perform dentistry with an ice-skate. And if I really close my eyes and imaging what I'd want with me in that setting I think I'd pick The Histories by Herodotus. I mean, it's the beginning of everything, and the stories are wild and entertaining for being 2000 years old. (And no, I'm not intentionally being pretentious...I really do dig this book)
One Book That Made Me Laugh
Our Dumb Century by the writers of the Onion. I had to stop drinking beverages while reading it.
One Book I Wish I'd Written
Any Harry Potter book, because (a) I would have had a hand in getting millions of kids to turn off the TV and read, and (b) I'd be wearing diamond-encrusted boxers and eating komodo dragon eggs on my own 500' yacht.
One Book I Wish Had Never Been Written
I'm going to get in big trouble for this, but my initial temptation is to say The Bible. How many people have suffered and died because of the way this book has been interpreted and misinterpreted over the centuries? It's been used to institutionalize corruption, justify genocide, and radicalize the crazy people who quote it's passages but ignore it's message. BUT I have to admit it has also done an awful lot of good, and if it hadn't been written someone else would have written something similar that people would have used to justify prejudice and warfare. (Also, being a Catholic with vivid images of Hell emblazoned in my soul I like to hedge my bets). So instead, I'm going to go for the less controversial The Da Vinci Code. Why? Because of all the times people said, "You haven't read The Da Vinci Code? You HAVE to read The Da Vinci Code! It's awesome." And it sucked.
One Book I'm Reading Now
I just finished The Keep by Jennifer Egan (good book, easy read, clever twist at the end) and last night picked up The Ruins by Scott Smith. If the Amazon reviewers are right I may not be reading it long, so I've got some George R.R. Martin waiting in the wings.
One Book I've Been Meaning to Read
I've been carrying around a copy of A Clockwork Orange for about a decade now. It's been in my luggage on vacations, on my bedside table, and prominently displayed on my bookshelf. And I've never gotten past the second page. I just keep thinking, "I should read this, but there's this other book I think I'm more in the mood for." So it waits. And waits. And waits.