Yikes! I've been tagged...
I was reading Shh...Mum is Thinking & discovered that I have been tagged for the book meme (thanks Mum! :). I am pleasantly startled to have been tagged but will have to wikipedia "meme" to see what the heck it means... Anyway, here goes:
ONE BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE:
Karen by Marie Killilea. I read this book, by a mother with a child with Cerebral Palsy, when I was twelve. I immediately found the local chapter of the UCPA in the phone book & applied to be a counselor at their summer camp (but I was too young that year). I spent my summers from age 13-22 volunteering &, eventually, working for pay at CP Day Camp. Working with developmentally "disabled" kids saved my life by making me feel useful & loved. It also prepared me for my years in a wheelchair & for raising a child with autism.
ONE BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ MORE THAN ONCE:
The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was one of those people who read it every year from the time I was 14 until I was in my mid-twenties (& yes, I set some of the songs to music). I still have my heavily annotated paperbacks...
TWO BOOKS YOU’D WANT ON A DESERT ISLAND:
A single-volume copy of the LotR trilogy (of course!) plus The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin (who studied to be a Buddhist monk under Thich Nhat Han) because if I'm going to be stuck on a desert island I'm going to need this book!
ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH:
Any of PG Wodehouse's Jeeves & Wooster books. They make me laugh until I cry (not good read-aloud books :).
ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY:
Sherri Tepper's books usually get me going at some point (one book even made me cry when I read the blurb on the back cover- so I didn't read that one). Her science-fiction/fantasy take on moral & societal issues are amazing.
ONE BOOK YOU WISH HAD BEEN WRITTEN:
A History of Hogwarts
ONE BOOK YOU WISH HAD NEVER BEEN WRITTEN:
It's not so much a book but a genre that I wish would never be written, & that's any book written with the intent to frighten the reader into doing (or not doing) something. They so often rely on pseudo-science & prey on people's predjudices & are just plain nasty.
ONE BOOK THAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING:
Old Kyoto by Diane Durston, a travel book lent to me by my neighbour. I am learning so much about Japanese language & customs reading this book!
ONE BOOK YOU HAVE BEEN MEANING TO READ:
Another Country- Navigating the Emotional Terrain of our Elders by Mary Pipher. Her Reviving Ophelia was a fantastic resource for teaching senior high Sunday School & I expect the same from this book. C & I are in the life stage where this book is relevant...
FIVE PEOPLE YOU TAG:
I feel rather presumptuous tagging these folks, but what the hey...
MOM-NOS (you've probably already been tagged :)
ridgeback (heh, heh)
Roo... but you can do it by phone if you want :)