Tuesday, August 08, 2006


I feel like I'm neglecting something. Or someone. Yeesh.

Guinness Girl tagged me, so here we go....

One book that changed your life?
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume. Only because I was a budding adolescent and extremely naive. It was written shortly after I was born, and by the time I was around 5th or 6th grade, it already had THAT reputation. A lot of parents wanted it pulled out of the school library (puh-leeze!). I do think I learned a lot the day I finished that book, though, and I'm really glad the school and my parents objected to the attempted censorship.

One book you have read more than once?
Hmmm... I don't really ever read books more than once. I can watch certain movies over and over again, but I can't do that with books... unless they're children's books. So, I guess I'd have to say The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein.

One book you would want on a desert island?
How To Survive Being Stranded on A Desert Island for Dummies. Oh, and Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey. And The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. Very few books make my all-time favorites list... but this one is on it.

One book that made you laugh?
Too many to count. Most recently, anything by David Sedaris. LOVE. HIM.

One book that made you cry?
I cry a lot anyway, so many books make me weepy. Most recently, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards.

One book you wish had been written?
How To Deal With Stress Without Causing Yourself Back Pain, Headaches, Over-Arching Irritability, As Well As How To Hide It From The People Around You Who Now Think You Are Either A Raving Lunatic Or An Incessantly Raging Bitch.

One book you wish had never been written?
Unfortunately, I've read a lot of lame books. Most recently, my biggest disappointments were Adriane On The Edge, by Paul Mandelbaum or Haunted, by Chuck Palahniuk. I think the latter was more of a disappointment, because I really do enjoy the rest of his work. This one was just disturbing with no point for making it disturbing... does that make sense? I don't know that I would wish them as "never been written" though. We'll just chalk them up to NOT GREAT in my opinion.

One book you are currently reading?
I literally just closed Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen. I love, love, LOVE this book!! Next up, The Dive From Clausen's Pier, by Ann Packer.

One book you have been meaning to read?
One? ONE? My queue is so long, it's embarrassing. There are some that I have had on my list for three years or longer, but keep getting pushed down for some reason or another. I couldn't possibly pick one.

Now tag five people.
Do I have to? Here's what I think... if you want to do this and haven't already, go for it. Just let me know that you have so I can come read yours. :-)


Guinness_Girl said...

LOVED The Time Traveler's Wife, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, and The Dive From Clausen's Pier! Obviously, I should check out Water for Elephants.

don't call me MA'AM said...

gg: it IS really good... I think you'll love it, too.

Ludicrousity said...

Haha! You always make me smile!

-R- said...

I saw that Water for Elephants book the other day and really wanted to get it. I will add it to my list.

Shel Silverstein books have always annoyed me. I am not sure why, but even when I was a kid I hated them.

Anonymous said...

If you ever do find that book that you want to see written? please please please pass the info to me. I will buy it immediately.

don't call me MA'AM said...

ludi: right back at ya! :-)

r: really? I love Where The Sidewalk Ends and A Light In The Attic, too! I think I was such a serious kid that those books made me feel like it was okay to just be a KID. I dunno.

tammara: it's a deal. Maybe we should write it ourselves. haha

goldennib said...

Books to add to my To Read list, it's not long enough, you know?

don't call me MA'AM said...

goldennib: same here... that's why I won't even list my queue. It's too long. :-)

Libragirl said...

Thanks for the book list. I love David Sedaris. He is great.
I hated Haunted. I couldn't get past it.
The one book that made me bawl, getting ugly face cry and nose so stuffed I couldn't breathe

The Notebook. So much better then the movie. I loved it. I read it when it first came out and loved it.

Jaek said...

I second the "Haunted" thing, which you and I have already discussed. I don't wish it had never been written. The stories were good, but the stuff in between could have been eliminated.