Here’s another meme (HT Poodlerat) that’s been going around that I’m finally able to do. Last night’s book read was an incredibly tedious memoir. Thanks for sharing!
A book that made you cry: A book that seems to make a lot of my lists: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
A book that scared you: Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin. It’s five accounts of supposedly true possession and exorcism accounts, and it scared me so bad that I read it twice then gave it away in case I was tempted to read it a third time.
A book that made you laugh: Naked by David Sedaris–the essay about the Rooster always has me on the floor.
A book that disgusted you: Some of the pictures in my childbirth books are pretty revolting. John had to put tape over some of them so I wouldn’t be afraid to turn the pages.
A book you loved in middle school: We read Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising in seventh grade, and I re-read it a bunch of times along with the other five in the series. “When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back; Three from the circle, three from the track…”
A book you loved in high school: Woman in the Mists by Farley Mowat, a biography of gorilla researcher Dian Fossey, who came to a brutal end in the Ugandan jungle. It was made into Gorillas in the Mist, starring Sigourney Weaver. One time, back when I worked at a video store, a customer came in and asked for “Gorillas in our midst” and that made us laugh for weeks.
A book you hated in high school: Pride and Prejudice, if you can believe it. It was assigned for summer reading and I deemed it the most boring book I’d ever encountered. I’d like to slap my high school self silly for denying me the pleasures of Jane Austen until I finally read her (and loved her) a few years ago.
A book you loved in college: A Cinema of Loneliness by Robert Kolker, an in-depth look at the works of some of the great auteurs of 60s/70s New American Cinema.
A book that challenged your identity: Walker Percy’s Lost in the Cosmos. It turned my way of looking at my place in the world completely on its ear.
A series that you love: I’m going to choose a series that I haven’t talked about ad nauseum on this blog. I love Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies trilogy, though I tried one of his other series and couldn’t get into it.
Your favorite horror book: The Shining by Stephen King. I think it’s his best and most enduring.
Your favorite science fiction book: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. The rest of the books in the series were worth the read, though I probably would not revisit them.
Your favorite fantasy: Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders. Just typing the words makes me see the Rain Wilds river open up before me.
Your favorite mystery: Barbara Vine’s The House of Stairs.
Your favorite biography: Boy by Roald Dahl. It’s screamingly funny.
Your favorite “coming of age” book: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. It’s not technically a “coming of age” because Melinda is only 14, but it’s about her struggle to grow through a momentously changing time in her life so I’m counting it.
Your favorite classic: Jane Eyre.
Your favorite romance book: The Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann.
Your favorite book not on this list: CS Lewis didn’t make any of these entries. My favorite non-fiction book of his is The Great Divorce.
If you feel like doing it, consider yourself tagged, and please leave a link to your response in the comments so I can read it. I love reading memes like this.