book, book, book, book

I am once again behind in my memery. YTSL tagged me for this book meme a couple of weeks ago, and it looked like fun. (Admittedly, two weeks behind is practically early for me these days.) You may see a wee bit of overlap with my earlier list of 18 favorite books, which was based on another meme YTSL tagged me for. (That one was supposed to be about a single favorite book. I had trouble following directions.) This time, the instructions mostly involve giving lists of four.

Four childhood books

  • Small Pig, Arnold Lobel. Possibly the first book I read by myself. About a pig. A small pig, even. Who likes mud.
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis. This book really captured my imagination. I think I was always hoping to stuble across some otherworldly portal in my grandmother’s house.
  • The Gammage Cup, Carol Kendall. A quirky fantasy book about individuality and evil mushrooms.
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster. A quirky fantasy book with lots of wordplay. Right up my alley.

Four authors I will read again and again

  • Sarah Caudwell
  • M. M. Kaye
  • Rumer Godden
  • Jane Austen
  • It’s hard to list just four here. I also considered Gregory Maguire and Connie Willis, though for each of them, there’s really only one book I tend to read over and over. (Wicked and Bellwether, in case you wondered.) Actually, I tend to reread kids’ books even more. The Chronicles of Narnia and the Dark is Rising series (Susan Cooper) get picked up often.

Four authors I will never read again

  • The Horse Whisperer dude. I can’t even be bothered to look up his name. That book irritated me beyond measure.
  • Amy Ephron. When I ran a book group, we once haplessly picked a little book called A Cup of Tea. The best thing about it was that it was short.
  • Other than that, I can’t really think of authors I hate. I don’t generally like to generalize from a single book (with the above exceptions). There have been a number of books I haven’t liked, and either I don’t remember the author’s name, or there have been other books that I’ve liked, or others that I still might be willing to give a chance.

The first four books on my to-be-read list

  • The Pirates!: An Adventure with Scientists & An Adventure with Ahab, Gideon Defoe. This the most recent book given to me as a gift.
  • Ulysses, by James Joyce. This damn book has been at the top of my to-be-read list for over a decade. It seems a shame to ever remove it…
  • Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov. I have been commanded to read it once I listed it among my unread books.
  • The Ph0nology of T0ne and Int0nation (by Carl0s Gussenh0ven). This is actually the book I’m reading, as part of one of my degree requirements. (You may have n0ticed the zer0s here. I don’t like the idea of the author googling his name and finding…me procrastinating. That doesn’t seem quite right.)
  • Another book I’d like to read soon is actually a reread: The Golden Compass. I want to reread before I see the movie.

The four books I would take to a desert island

  • Thus was Adonis Murdered
  • Shadow of the Moon
  • The Complete Works of Shakespeare. I figure it would keep me busy. (Funny, I saw that this was also listed among the desert island picks of the person who tagged YTSL.)
  • I can’t decide.Bellwether or maybe Wicked or the Poisonwood Bible. Or maybe something new to me.

The last part of the assignment is to write the last lines of one of my favourite books. I can’t really do this just now, since I have work to do. If I could, I’d look up the last lines of Thus was Adonis Murdered. However, I gave away my copy of that, and have yet to replace it. And I shouldn’t go digging around in other books, since I have work to do. I do remember, though, that the last line of Shadow of the Moon was “And it was Alex.”

There it is. Damn, that ended up longer than I expected. Sorry about that. As for tagging, I think I have to pass, since tagging always seems to take me a lot of time. I agonize over who to choose. Please feel free to tag yourself if you are so inclined, and I’d be happy to link you up here.

10 thoughts on “book, book, book, book

  1. You seriously shouldn’t even bother with Ulysses. I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve never finished in my life (and I’ve read A LOT of books) and that’s one of them. Seriously. You’ve been warned.

  2. Hey- waidaminit.. I’m reading the CG Phonology of T&I book too! (as opposed to lewder but less informative “Phonology of T&A”, harhar). Now I can get you to explain all that stuff in chapter 3 I didn’t get! I borrowed the copy I’m reading from a professor we may both know, and I’ve already spilled coffee on it :-P

  3. I also loved “Poisonwood Bible”. You listed a few others I haven’t read that I will definitely have to check out. We seem to have very similar tastes. Have you read “Cloud Atlas”? Fantastic book.

  4. i love that you list wicked, but not so much it’s sequel, son of a witch, which was truly no where near as good

    And shakespeare. That would be on my island, too. like you are surprised! ;)

  5. The meme madness has got to stop. They go round and round and round and keep getting longer and longer and longer. Only you can prevent the screaming memies. Just say NO to memes. Thank you (brought to you by the Group Who Wants to Stamp Out Memes)

  6. Yikes, another fan of Jane Austen! At least you didn’t insist that I try reading her again… unlike at least one vocal friend of mine (upon his seeing my answers to this meme…)

    Also, have to admit my unfamiliarity with some of the authors and books you’ve mentioned. (Sarah Caudwell, Rumer Godden and Shadow of the Moon, in particular.) I hereby hang my head in shame as well as thank you for doing the meme. ;S

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  8. Ashley-
    The warning is much appreciated. Though the book has achieved an almost mythical status for me, as unsurmountable as Everest.

    I should get myself a book on the phonology of T& A. Or maybe just on the phonology of /t/ and /a/. That seems more probable. And definitely let’s meet up to discuss the Gussguss book. (Damn, now I really hope he never sees this.)

    I haven’t heard of “Cloud Atlas,” but perhaps I will investigate. I like the title.

    I love it that you used a sentence that contained “witch, which.” And yes, no surprise that Shakespeare would be on your island list.

    Should I be ashamed to admit I kind of enjoy them? I consider them optional. But I’m a big fan of games, and I think it’s fun to see how multiple people respond to the same questions. However, I respect your abstinence.


    Yes, I do like Jane Austen. I find her books pleasant and amusing. I actually find her writing funny. But I do know she is not to everyone’s tastes.
    Sarah Caudwell actually reminds me a bit of Jane Austen, in the sense that she wrote comedies of manners. But much racier and sillier. And they’re mysteries, so they have a bigger body count. As for Rumer Godden, you might like her. She wrote a number of coming of age novels, but I think her most famous novel was actually about nuns (Black Narcissus). Shadow of the Moon is a great big long historical novel by M. M. Kaye. It’s a bit of a romance/adventure, and is set in India during the Sepoy Rebellion. I loved it when I was 13, so it has a place in my heart. Plus its bulkiness seems like it would be good to have if I’m limited to only 4 books. (I wouldn’t want to pick skinny books.)

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