I grabbed this Meme from Amy Ruttan when I found myself answering the questions on her blog…
1. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY: Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER – the scene where Jamie is relating to Claire exactly what Randall did to him in that private room in the prison’s basement.
2. A BOOK THAT SCARED YOU: Okay, you’ll probably laugh at this one but Arthur Hailey’s HOTEL. I was ten when I read the scene where the elevator floor breaks open allowing people to fall to their death before it plunges to the ground on top of them – it got my imagination into such gear that I – to this day – have a fear of elevators. (By the way, did you know he researched for that novel at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto?)
3. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH: Strange, I chuckle at a lot of novels but can’t remember the funniest so the first one that came to mind was probably the most recent – Lynsey Sands’ THE RELUCTANT REFORMER. It’s an historical romance but there are parts of it that are absolutely hilarious as the Hero/Heroine keep getting caught in compromising situations.
4. A BOOK THAT DISGUSTED YOU: Well, not ‘disgusted’ me, but disappointed me – Carol Shields’ THE STONE DIARIES. I really resented reading a book where by the end of it I just felt like ‘life sucks and then you die’. Why Why Why did I waste my time reading it to the finish? If I had owned the book (it had been loaned to me by a friend) I would have hurled it against the wall.
5. A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The one book that sticks in my mind is a pre-elementary one, but then again I was reading at the age of three, so this would be considered elementary for most kids. The thing is I can’t remember the title of it, but it was about children in Lapland. Mum would take me to the library and I’d grab that book and she’d roll her eyes and say ‘Not that one again!’
6. A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED IN MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE by CS Lewis – I was so disappointed when neither of my boys were interested in it until the movie came out. THEN they read it and said they loved it.
7. A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED IN HIGH SCHOOL: This is a tie. 1) THE CHRYSALIDS by John Wyndham. I was “forced” to read this book in English class and I fell in love with it.(Yes, you saw this answer on Amy Ruttan’s blog, but it’s true for me too – I went out and bought a copy and it’s on my keeper shelf even now) 2) THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL by Baroness Orczy which was a ‘forced reading’ for kids in another English class, but I picked it up from the pile of books my friend was carrying and read it on the way home (we had 1 1/2 hour bus ride to and fro school) Fell in love with it and love it to this day.
8. A BOOK THAT YOU HATED IN HIGH SCHOOL: THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane. Yuck. Probably a guy’s book, but I couldn’t stand it.
9. A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED IN COLLEGE: I was knee deep in nursing books at the time and didn’t do much non-scientific reading … so immediately post-college the one that I remember is SHOGUN by James Clavell.
10. A BOOK THAT CHALLENGED YOUR IDENTITY: THE NUN’S STORY by Kathryn Hulme. Yes, I seriously considered becoming a nun in my younger days.
11. A SERIES YOU LOVE: JR Ward’s BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD.
12. YOUR FAVORITE HORROR BOOK: Another tie: 1) THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson, or 2) The MONKEY’S PAW by Edgar Allen Poe.
13. YOUR FAVORITE SCIFI BOOK: CHILDHOOD’S END by Arthur C. Clarke.
14. YOUR FAVORITE FANTASY: LORD OF THE RINGS by JRR Tolkien – the entire trilogy (well, maybe not the bit about Tom Bombadil – Him, I don’t love).
15. YOUR FAVORITE MYSTERY: Any novel by Nevada Barr. A SUPERIOR DEATH springs to mind.
16. YOUR FAVORITE BIOGRAPHY: F. Norman Schwarzkopf’s IT DOESN’T TAKE A HERO
17. YOUR FAVORITE COMING OF AGE BOOK: Hmm. Not sure but probably ANNE of GREEN GABLES by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
18. YOUR FAVORITE CLASSIC: THE THREE MUSKETEERS by Alexandre Dumas
19. YOUR FAVORITE ROMANCE: Oy! There are so many on my keeper shelf. I guess one I always love to turn to is Kathleen Woodiwiss’s A ROSE IN WINTER. Even though her style has gone … well, out of style, she’s one of the first Romance authors I read and that’s one of the first romances I immersed myself in. So much so that I truly regretted giving away my old copies when we moved 5 years ago that I went out and rebought them – and found an autographed copy in a used book store. Score!
20. A BOOK NOT ON YOUR LIST: Does this mean one that doesn’t fall into any slot above and should be mentioned? Or one that you would never read? Anyway, this one is from the first category – a definite keeper on my shelf. THE CUCKOO’S EGG: TRACKING A SPY THROUGH THE MAZE OF COMPUTER ESPIONAGE by Clifford Stoll. I used to use a video PBS made about this story (The KGB, The Computer and Me) to help teach my students the importance of changing their passwords and also as a quick explanation about networks – this was just as the internet was starting up and we were talking BBS’s and Arpanets, etc. Cliff Stoll is a quirky astronomer who was assigned the task of balancing the computer billing accounts for his university’s computer centre and found a 75 cent discrepancy. The search for where that 75 cents went to introduced him to the world of hackers, and that eventually lead him behind the iron curtain and to a still unsolved mysterious death.