18 August 2006

tagged (a bookish meme)

1. A book that changed your life.
You are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy.

2. A book you've read more than once.
Everything by Alison Lester and Pamela Allen (to the children at bedtimes), and the Swallows and Amazons series, both to myself a couple of times, and now to the children. Also Watership Down and everything by Enid Blyton and Beatrix Potter. Okay so that's more than one. I can't help myself. There are actually many many books I've read mo re than once but I shall stop here.

3. A book you'd want on a desert island.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare (is that cheating, to get a complete works in one volume? Who cares, that's my choice. It's got everything for a long stint on a n island: comedies for a laugh, tragedies for a good weep, sonnets to sigh over and Henry IV, Part I to put me to sleep).

4. A book that made you giddy.
I Don't Know How She Does It, chick lit by Allison Pearson. Exhausting and ult imately unsatisfying but a quick light read for the braindead. (The giddiness came from the hectic life led by the heroine).

5. A book that you wish had been written.
Well, mine of course.

6. A book that wracked you with sobs.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Also Between Two Eternities by Rosemary Kay. Oh god, the tears are welling as I think of this last one.

7. A book you wish had never been written.
My Secret History by Paul Theroux. What a wank.

8. A book you are currently reading.
Eucalyptus by Murray Bail. Finally.

9. A book you've been meaning to read.
More of Marion Halligan and Elizabeth Jolley. I've had tantalising tastes of both but thus far haven't explored further.

10. Tag 10.
I'm not tagging. Anyone who wants to do this meme may do so!

Admin: yes my template is uh, disturbed again. Sorry. It's beyond me.


Surfing Free said...

Are you loving Eucalyptus? I thought it was great but I am having trouble visualising Nicole Kidman in the movie .... as Ellen I presume.

jorth said...

Any decent books always gets read more than once by me. I just can't help myself!

Violet & Rose said...

About the deepest books I am reading at the moment are Marion Keyes, which is a bit sad, but I do get sucked in. And of course, the Rainbow Magic Fairy's series. My 6 year old seems to have no problem with having three read to her at the same time. I can't keep up, but she knows exactly what is going on in each book. Scary. I was a little disturbed when I popped by for a visit yesterday. Don't you just love HTML templates @#$@#$%%%

Barb said...

Have you read The Piano Tuner, by Daniel Mason? Phenomenal. Excerpts on my book blog.

herhimnbryn said...

Spooky! My next post will be about books! Well, really about the pile I have waiting to be read.
I may well pinch this meme from you ! Will that be ok?

herhimnbryn said...

Oh PS.
'The Lovely Bones', First I sighed, then I cried.....buckets.

Have you ever read 'Stravinsky's Lunch' by Drusilla Modjeska? Opened my eyes to looking at art and changed my perceptions too. About two great female Australian artists...Stella Bowen and Grace Cossington Smith.

Ash said...

I put Eucalyptus in my amazon basket yesterday. My new love is Tim Winton. I just read 'The Turning' and could NOT put it down. If you haven't read it and you want it, let me know and I'll post it to you.

Lazy cow said...

I loved You are your child's first teacher. It is inspirational.
Must admit, hated The Lovely Bones, but am curious about Between two eternities (which I've never heard of). Have never read the Swallows and Amazons books, but I really want to.
Playing around with the template again, were we?

ThirdCat said...

I should have put Watership Down under 'book that made you cry'. I wonder just how many times I have read swallows and amazons. PS Tx for your offer re socks - knitting circle Tuesday night, so hopefully someone there can help.

String Bean said...

I hope you enjoy Eucalyptus. It took me a few chapters to get into, but after those few I was hooked.

Ever read The Bone People by Keri Hulme? I won't type a short summary here because I know I won't do it justice, but it's worth a few hundred reads.

While I'm commenting, I should let you know that I got your box today. Thank you! The Tim-Tams were on the verge of melting (it's quite hot here) so they got a stint in the fridge before I had one with my tea - Yum!
The numerous magents on the fridge were joined by the charming wooden frog, the washcloth was admired by all here (especially the ingenius little hook), and the bookmark and the gorgeous notebook are currently joined while I decide what to write in it. Thanks, Suse! I hope you get your box soon.

--erica said...

Loved this meme.
I must read more..

(a tip for the template maybe. I think pictures.. futher down are disturbing it. I had issues with mine the other day. I just had to shrink the pics down.. and voila! The template started behaving!)

Carl V. said...

I don't have any trouble visualizing Nicole.....oops, sorry, off topic.

No, taking the complete works isn't cheating. If someone actually picked me up, told me they were dropping me on a dessert island and I could only take one book, I think a complete works of something would be the best way to go. Heck I might even quickly tape together a number of my favorite books and tell them it was just one LARGE volume in the hopes that I could get away with it! ;)

Mama Lamb said...

Hope your son is healing well. I have a well worn copy of You Are Your CHild's First teacher as well.. and plan to save it to hand down to the future DIL's, who I hope will read it and not roll their eyes at their goofy MIL. BUt all that is far away, LOL.

We are in the midst of my oldests summer reading, and I am finding I am enjoying delviing into merry olde England, with The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood and King Arthur and his knights..

My favorite reads over and over are Miss Read though.. and Jane Austen, and the Lucia and Mapp novels...

I love to read!

Suse said...

I AM loving Eucalyptus in a strange unreal dreamy sort of way and can picture Our Nic perfectly as Ellen. Was DEVASTATED to hear filming was cancelled.

Haven't read Piano Tuner or the Bone People - thanks for tips. Do not like Drusilla Modjeska (couldn't finish 'Poppy'); the only Tim Winton I liked was CloudStreet, but I might just consider The Turning (thanks!).

Herhimnbryn - this meme is suddenly EVERYwhere so go ahead!

Lazy Cow - it's your fault the template died! I tried and put a thumbnail pic of Eucalyptus in there like you said! But my fairy blogmother Sueeeus fixed it for me and I promise never to touch it again.

Carl - I like the idea of taping all the books together into one volume.

BabelBabe said...

I am with you on the Shakespeare - and you do have to slog thru Henry IV to get to wonderful, rousing Henry V. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers! I LOVE Henry V.

I am so stealing this meme, I see Gina has already done it.

I have not read The Lovely Bones but Sebold's Lucky was AMAZING.

rooruu said...

I just reread Watership Down, and enjoyed it just as much as years ago.

A book to make you cry? "I heard the owl call my name" by Margaret Craven does it for me every time. Clear, simple prose, beautifully written.

Any book I like, stays and gets reread. The rarer others - one read and rehomed.