Ok, I have been handed a Me(me) mission by my favorite Curmudgeon in the world and I choose to accept it. Actually, I am rather flattered and books are something I love with a passion, so here goes...
1. You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. Which book do you want to be?
Well, I would have to say I would want to memorize an easy book, because I have a tendency to be lazy. Hey, at least I am willing. But, if I had to pick a book (or series of books) to preserve for the future it would be all of (but not limited to) the following:
- The Wizard of Oz -- by L. Frank Baum because if speaks so much about human behavior.
- A Wrinkle in Time -- by Madeleine L'Engle because it always intrigued me as a little girl, and helped me to love science.
- The Ancestress Hypothesis -- by Kathryn Coe because it speaks about the importance of things as far as mothers are concerned, and my mother wrote it.
- Sonnets from the Portuguese : A Celebration Of Love by Elizabeth Barrett Browning because it is some of the only poetry I can tolerate.
- The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats -- by William Butler Yeats - might also be good and is equally tolerable, but the curmudgeons brother gave me my first book of his works and I therefore have a love hate relationship with Yeats sad how something like that can color ones relationship with a body of work
- Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle -- by Moritz Thomsen(aka Meat Is For Special Days) (though I would love to be able to preserve all his works, he was a curious old man).
- Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, though I would love to preserve all his work too.
- As for the The Holy Bible: King James Version I would chose the book of Genesis because it has always fascinated me.
- I would also like to preserve the sacred text from other religions as I believe that they have something equally important to offer to humanity.
2. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
I had a crush on the character Calvin OKeefe from The A Wrinkle In Time series, mainly because he seemed to love Meg for who she was (a geek IMHO) I thought that a rather romantic notion when I was 9 and read it for the first time.
3. The last book you bought was...?
Oh dear, I buy so many I am not quite sure I know I am leaving some out but the last group of books I bought are:
- Baudolino -- by Umberto Eco
- Stones for Ibarra -- by Harriet Doerr
- Silk -- by Caitlin R. Kiernan
- The Extinction Club -- by Robert Twigger
- The Dark Hills Divide -- by Patrick Carman
OK, I feel the need to say that in general I only buy books that cost less than five dollars... so everything was on sale... there are a few exceptions though... but that involves anything involving Modesty Blaise, Harry Potter and a random assortment of other children's books...
4. The last book you read was...? The ones that I finished this past week are:
- Baudolino -- by Umberto Eco
- The City of Ember -- by Jeanne Duprau
- The Sparrow -- by Mary Doria Russell
Baudolino was good, and I thought it was interesting in light of the war and the new Pope. City of Ember was a great children's story my cousin lent me (he is 12)... I can't wait to read the rest in the series and The Sparrow was an interesting look at colonization of populated lands in a Sci-Fi way.
5. What are you currently reading?
- The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
- The Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant
- Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby's First Year by Ari Brown, Denise Fields (as a resource for that rash he had)
I am enjoying the Thief Lord, though it is going slow for me and that is interesting because I usually read children's stories much faster... Kant is tough, but I am trying to understand what he means when he says morals, because it just doesn't feel right to me (as far as what I think he is saying). Baby 411, was a gift and an easy to use resource guide with online components.
The Dark Hills Divide (mentioned in #3) is the next to pick up, probably tonight... I need something light when I am also reading Kant. Oh, and I should probably note here that I often read all this out loud to the Squink too (he isn't all that fond of Kant either).
6. Five books you would take to a desert island...
- Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy -- by Jostein Gaarder
- SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea -- by John 'Lofty' Wiseman
- The World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions by Philip Novak
- Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner by Wallace Stegner
- The collected works about Modesty Blaise (she is my alter ego after all)
- And because I always break the rules just a little bit I would also take these.
7. Who are you passing this stick on to and why?
My oh my... All of you readers out there, but since Jordana chose three, I will chose three, no make that four... I would love to know what Mistress Tootie Belle (aka Nettie) would do and read though school is over so it might be a bunch of college texts (which don't count Nettie!), and I am intrigued by what Curious Hamster would have to say as well... A Tiramisu Lover might get a kick out of this and perhaps my Favorite Frying Pan would do so...
So to them (and anyone else who is interested, I hope this is not cheating) I pass the reading light...
Ready, steady, GO!!!* I fixed those pesky links that were not working, not sure what I did...