Books, Memes

Books, Books, Books

1. One Book That Changed Your Life — When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Rabbi Harold Kushner. I read it in 1992, during the long sad summer after the loss described in my Ordinary Time reflection for today. I thought in terms of rewards and punishments; what had I done to make God hurt me this way? On down the road of grief I went, until I reached the signpost marked "Anger," and I wanted to turn away from a God who was so capricious. Then someone gave me Kushner’s book, and I found myself walking on a different road.

2. One Book That You’ve Read More Than Once — This would be a long list, but I just finished re-reading Jane Austen’s Emma, so we’ll use that one.

3. One Book You’d Want on a Desert Island — Hmm. I guess I would want a Bible, but I wouldn’t mind having a Riverside Shakespeare, too.

4. One Book That Made You Laugh — But Not the Hippopotamus. I must have read that book to #1 Son six million times, and it still makes me laugh!

5. One Book That Made You Cry — I cry easily. But my saddest memory of crying over a book has to be the death of Jack, the brindle bulldog, in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s By the Shores of Silver Lake. I almost made myself sick crying over Jack, and I didn’t even like dogs then. My mother promptly forbade the reading of books about animals.

6. One Book You Wish Had Been Written — How to Go to Seminary with Three Children and No Husband Without Losing Your Mind. (I had to make it up as I went along.)

7. One Book That You Wish Had Never Been Written — I’m copying Questing Parson on this one. Revelation. It has to be the most misused book of the Bible, by far.

8. One Book You’re Currently Reading — American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation, a new book by Jon Meacham, who writes about religion for Newsweek. I highly recommend it, although I wish he were on the inclusive language train.

9. One Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read — One? Have you seen my Summer Reading List in the sidebar? Let’s say Ruined by Reading, which I’ve been meaning to read for years.

10. I’m supposed to tag five people. I always hate to do this. What if they don’t notice I’ve tagged them? But here goes: will smama, reverendmother, Phantom Scribbler, NotShyChiRev and, hey, Pure Luck!!

12 thoughts on “Books, Books, Books”

  1. And the animal pack came scurring back saying, “Hey, come join the lot of us!”
    She just doesn’t know. Should she stay? Should she go?
    Forever burned in my memory, too!

  2. Okay, I skipped a couple of categories, but here’s my list otherwise:
    (2) One Book That You’ve Read More Than Once: Watership Down by Richard Adams
    (3) One Book That You’d Want on a Desert Island: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    (4) One Book That Made You Laugh: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
    (5) One Book That Made You Cry: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (the scene where Beth died)
    (7) One Book That You Wish Had Never Been Written: The Bridges of Madison County
    (8) One Book You’re Currently Reading: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
    (9) One Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
    La Binsk

  3. Beth dies?
    (Just kidding.)
    The Tolkien enthusiasts at my house found The Silmarillion to be disappointing. And am I the only person in the world who hasn’t read Neal Gaiman?

  4. Re: Little Women
    I always got a kick out the episode of Friends where Joey accidentally learns about Beth’s fate before he finishes reading the book.
    Re: The Silmarillion
    I did attempt it – once – several years ago. I got bogged down by all the archaic language Tolkien used. It reminded of the all the different times (at least five, I think) it took me to get all the way through A Pilgrim’s Progress (a desire fueled by it constantly being referenced in Little Women). Let’s just say I felt exhausted by the effort.
    Re: Gaiman
    Hmmmm, could be. 🙂
    I highly recommend Anansi Boys. And I hear very good things about the book Gaiman co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens. In fact, I want to try that next time I have some free time.
    La Binsk

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