Tagged by my favorite devil, Cincy....
1. One book that changed your life: Oh my God, what a choice. I would have to say the book that has touched me in the most profound way (and it's not really a book) is T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land." I'm cheating and calling it a book because sometimes it comes alone in book form. Good enough for me. After reading this particular work it was undeniable that I would get a Masters degree and PhD. I fell in love when I read it and realized what a profound impact the written word can have on a life. Thanks, Dr. Stayer!
2. One book that you've read more than once: The Great Gatsby is the book I've read the most. I think 4 or 5 times. I love that whole "dark side of the American dream" thing. I'm just that cynical, I suppose. What can I say, I love gorgeously written cynicism.
3. One book you'd want on a desert island: What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt. It's complicated, it's creepy, and it's incredibly wonderfully well written. I could read it endlessly.
4. One book that made you laugh: gods in Alabama, by Joshilyn Jackson (and that lower-case "g" is not a typo). This book was sort of like living in my head. She wrote many of the things I want to say but rarely do.
5. One book that made you cry: The Book Thief. Probably the saddest book I've ever read, but also one of the most powerful.
6. One book you wish had been written: Weird question. Not sure how to answer that. Perhaps if Jesus had written a memoir. In the meantime I'll just have to read Christopher Moore's Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.
7. One book you wish had never been written: Letters from the Other Side by Will Cunningham. THE most worthless piece of shit book ever. There are angels in it with French accents and berets. 'Nuff said.
8. One book you're currently reading: City of Glass, first in Paul Auster's New York Trilogy. It's fantastic so far. In fact, I need to get my ass off the 'puter and read for a few minutes before bed.
9. One book you've been meaning to read: THE HUMAN STAIN! Most of you know I've been reading it for months. I have no idea why I can't seem to find the motivation to pick it up and finish. It's a fantastic read!
10. Six people to tag: Whosoever wants to fill it out! Lemme know if you do fill it out so I can come wallow in the bookish love.
Listening: "Adagio for Strings"...Samuel Barber