Saturday, January 20, 2007

What, me read?

I claim to not be a reader. I'm very slow. I really only finish reading about 3-4 books a year. But I've amassed quite a collection of books and surprisingly, I've at least read a page or 2 in nearly all of them. But if a book has my attention, I'll dutifully read it even though it'll take me months (years) to finish.

I was tagged by Cate to respond to these few questions regarding books. It was tough but fun once I started recalling some of the books I've read. Most of them are at our hideaway so I couldn't refer to them and my pea-brain doesn't store "titles" or "authors" so although I can totally remember storylines, I can't even google them because how do you search "that San Francisco series that took place in the 70s.". Or "that one autobiography about the girl who ran away and lived in the woods."

1. A Book That Changed My Life:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The parable keeps repeating itself in my and Jimmy’s life journey.

2. A Book You’ve Read More than Once:
I’m not one to read things over and over again since it takes me so long to read in the first place. But I will refer to "how-to" books over and over again.

3. A Book You’d Take onto a Deserted Island:
Maybe Pride and Prejudice. I’ve always wanted to read it but I know I’d have trouble focusing on it with all the many distractions that surround me. But if I had nothing else to occupy myself, then I’d probably get through it.

4. A Book That Made Me Laugh:
The Sweet Potato Queens’ Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner), by Jill Conner Browne.

5. A Book That Made Me Cry:
The autobiography about the girl who ran away and lived in the woods.

6. A Book I Wish Had Been Written:
An autobiography by my dad. He'd have an amazing story to tell, immigrating from the Philippines in 1924. Trying to make a living in San Francisco, Seattle, Alaska and the Mojave Desert. Living through the Great Depression and being an immigrant. Becoming a US Citizen and signing up to for the army when he was in 40s during WWII. And so on.

7. A Book I Wish Had Never Been Written:
Can't think of a single book that I wish wasn't written. Books are good. Even bad ones. I just won't read them or agree with them. Maybe something that glorifies or praises extremely horrific unmentionable wicked behavior, like there are a few movies that I think should never have been made because the topic was so malevolent. I donno though, I'm pretty big on freedom, too. Just don't hurt anyone, k?

8. A Book I'm Currently Reading:
Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals.

9. A Book I've been Meaning to Read:
Oh my, there are so many! I need to take a speed reading course or something. How ‘bout the Dan Eldon book(s) on my coffee table.

10: Now tag five people you want to hear from:
Ginnie, Jodi, Susan D, Paris Parfait and anyone else who likes to read!


Nan said...

I love looking at people's bookshelves. You've got some very technical books on there! I love the pictures.

I've heard of The Alchemist, so I went to Amazon to take a look. It looks like one I'd like to read.

I bet your dad had a memorable life. People had such adversity back during the war but they seemed to meet it with such amazing courage. I love hearing Mom and Dad talk about their lives together during that time. One adventure after another. My dad was an English teacher in the life that came after, and you'd think he would have written something down, but he didn't. I wish he had.

Jodi said...

Thanks for the tag. I will do this at some point, even though I find a couple of the questions daunting! Of course I'm supposed to be getting ready for my trip right now, so I'll think as I organize and do this in the next day or so. ;-)

susan d said...

Is there an easy way to cut and paste the questions? The music survey was really interesting. You're an eclectic music afficionado.
I tend to go blank when asked questions about my favorite this or that. Later, I think of great answers...

Ginnie said...

HA! You and I are a lot more similar than you know. I love good books but don't read enough of them. Hmmm. Maybe I'll actually do this of these days. :)

Ragged Around the Edges said...

I'm a notoriously slow reader as well. Not because I don't enjoy reading, I just think that I take too long to contemplate the storyline, consider the location. . . daydream about it.

However, you have now given me some new things to add to my "to read" list.

paris parfait said...

It's always interesting to discover what people like to read. I just saw that you tagged me, so will do this within the next day or two.

Anonymous said...

I also love Coelho`s The Alchemist. It changed my life totaly.
Do you know, that Paulo has blog:
and also newsletter:
it`s realy great!

i enjoy his work so much :)
cheers and best reagards!

Anonymous said...

madretz, hello!
thanks for your answer!
and welcome!

I also enjoy inspiring stuff ;)