How ’bout Saturday= Books & Music Day?
Okay! That’s just as fun, surely!
Here’s the background ambiance if you wish. I compiled an album of some songs by women. This was a great year for female artists; there were even good songs that hit the mainstream (will wonders never cease).
One book that changed my life:
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver.
I recognized myself in Codi, and that book inspired me to take the next step, and the next step and the next, when I was ready to just curl up in a ball and give up.
One book I’ve read more than once:
I’ve read a lot of books a lot of times. What comes to mind is the Ann of Green Gables series. From the time I was eleven years old till now I’ve probably read every book in that series 14 or 15 times, except ‘Ann of Windy Poplars‘. I don’t like that one, so I only read it twice.
One book that made me laugh:
I could say any David Sedaris book, but what leaps to mind right now is Christopher Moore’s ‘Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove.’
There’s a whole section near the middle with Molly and a couple of Christian fundamentalist petitioners that is pure comedic beauty.
One book that made me cry
I don’t cry when I’m reading books. If something upsets me terribly in a book, I get mad at the author. Sometimes I throw the book, or put it deliberately next to stinky bunny, the mauled and odiferous ex-dog-toy in the back of the closet that Sierra won’t let me throw away.
This is rather consistent with real life. It’s extremely rare that I’ll get angry for anger’s sake, but when someone hurts me I become hostile and lash out.
One book that I wish I had written:
‘The Lovely Bones‘ by Alice Sebold. I often wonder how she was able to write that book. It could have so easily been macabre or horrifying or killingly sentimental. The balance and the enormity of the talent needed to pull that book off is something I can only stand in awe of.
One book that I wish had never been written:
I’m going to amend this a little. I said earlier that I sometimes get mad at the author… One book that pissed me off terribly was ‘Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas‘ by Tom Robbins. That probably sounds odd, but I didn’t want to like the characters or get sucked into the story at the beginning, but I did. I got really, really interested. I was really, really wondering wtf was going to happen to those wacky weirdos, and then the book ended.
No sequel. Done. Just when it was getting interesting.
I have written e-mails. I have railed. I have demanded. I have even attempted to bribe. It seems that Mr. Robbins either can not or will not tell the story that he got me so interested in.
Books that I’m currently reading:
‘The World Without Us‘ by Alan Weisman
‘The Magician’s Assistant‘ by Ann Patchett
‘Rowdy in Paris‘ by Tim Sandlin
and ‘Ordinary Wolves‘ (again) by Seth Kantner
Books that I’m meaning to read:
‘The Kite Runner‘ by Khaled Hosseini
& Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
5 books I’d highly recommend:
OWL by William Service
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris