May 18, 2007

Book Meme: A Few of My Favorite Things

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Bookfool posted an interesting meme a few days ago, surprisingly about books. It's been around the blogs lately so I thought I'd make it my post for this Friday. It's a long weekend here in Canada, so hopefully I'll get some reading done.
A book that made you cry: Recently, The Time Traveler’s Wife made me cry. I can’t give too much away.

A book that scared you: A Handmaid’s Tale, that scared the be-jezus out of me! I think it would scare women more than men. The thought of what happens to Offred happening to me is what’s scary. A great dystopian novel.

A book that made you laugh: Any of the Shopaholic series. That girl just looks for trouble.

A book that disgusted you: Cape Breton Road. Probably not a book many of you have heard of. The main character annoyed me to no end. He disgusted me. He was so whiny and self-absorbed. I had no feeling for him what-so-ever and I didn’t care what happened to him.

A book you loved in elementary school: Little Women. My first real book. I got it for Christmas when I was about 9 years old and it’s been a favorite ever since.

A book you loved in middle school: I guess that’s junior high. Island of the Blue Dolphins. After reading that book I wanted to live alone on an island. Without the wild dogs, of course.

A book you loved in high school: I hardly remember reading in high school. All that teen angst and ‘does he like me?’ and ‘what am I going to do with my life?’ I’ll have to get back to that one!

A book you hated in high school: Now that’s easy: The Old Man and the Sea. I still don’t know what the fuss is about Hemingway.

A book you loved in college: Frankenstein. I had to write a report on Mary Shelley. She simply fascinated me. What a painful life she had.

A book that challenged your identity: Atlas Shrugged. I didn’t really like this book but it had me looking at the world, and how I fit in it, in a different way.

A series that you love: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a great escape and Gabaldon writes so well that you just fall into her books.

Your favorite horror book: I haven’t really read horror in a while. Probably Dracula. A classic horror tale that keeps getting recycled.

Your favorite science fiction book: I don’t read many sci-fi but I think A Handmaid’s Tale would qualify.

Your favorite fantasy: Again not a big reader but The Outlander books fall into that category as well. Gabaldon’s latest won an award for best sci-fi/fantasy.

Your favorite mystery: I used to read Mary Higgins Clark but gave up on them. I haven’t really read a mystery since.

Your favorite biography: I do not read them, but I think I will soon.

Your favorite "coming of age" book: Probably, The Outsiders. I read it in junior high.

Your favorite classic: Jane Eyre. I love how strong Jane is despite being plain and poor.

Your favorite romance book: Pride and Prejudice. No matter how you look at it, P&P is a romance.

Your favorite book not on this list: A favorite new author is Ami McKay, The Birth House. I’m looking forward to her new work, whenever it comes out. Also, how about historical? The Other Boleyn Girl. Poor Anne, no matter what she didn't deserve to lose her head.
So, if any of you are up for it, give this meme a try. If you do, leave a comment so I can find it.

14 comments :

  1. What a fun list! I didn't think about Little Women. Island of the Blue Dolphins is great, too, but I didn't manage to read it until I was an adult going through a Newbery phase. Someday, I've got to read The Handmaid's Tale. Scary, eh? I hope it's not nightmare-inducing!

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  2. That was a good list. I was obsessed with 'The Outsiders' when I was in junior high.

    I don't get Hemingway either. Too macho for me.

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  3. The Outsiders . . . A wonderful book! I am enjoying reading everyone's lists for this particular meme. I thought it was interesting how you can't remember a book you loved in high schoo, but you remember the one you didn't like. :-) I imagine that's quite common. The bad always seems to stand out, doesn't it?

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  4. I'm trying to fit a lot of reading for this long weekend too. I'll post my own list for this meme. Thanks for sharing. Handmaid's Tale scared me too, and I love Jane Eyre as well! I have never read The Outsiders; I feel left out. Have a good Victoria Day weekend.

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  5. I would agree with all your answers, even though when I did this meme the other day, my answers were all different! Funny how that happens!

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  6. I totally cried when I read The Time Traveler's Wife too! And P&P, definitely! :)

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  7. Hey Chris, I just wanted to say that I created an LJ syndicated feed for you because that's how I read my feeds. It's http://syndicated.livejournal.com/chrisbookarama/profile if you're interested. Cheers. Have a good weekend.

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  8. Athena- Thanks, although I don't know what that means. LOL! I will check it out though. I might learn something new.

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  9. I think I'll finally get around to doing this meme today. I know the Handmaid's Tale will pop up a few times for me, as well!

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  10. I have to do this sometime this weekend. Things just keep getting away from me!

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  11. How cool! I am going to do your meme. It should be on my blog within 15-20 minutes, unless the phone rings.

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  12. Did the meme here.

    And if you ever decide to give mysteries a chance, try Laurie R. King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Laurie R. King is to Mary Higgins Clark what Jane Austen is to tabloid journalism.

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  13. I loved Island of the Blue Dolphins and loathed The Old Man and the Freaking Sea.

    The Handmaid's Tale freaked me out so much that I didn't finish it, and in fact had never finished a Margaret Atwood book until this year.

    I really enjoyed reading your books on this meme, Chris!

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  14. Cool meme! And a great blog, too :)

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