Say you, say meme…

So, the ever delightful bee (find her awesome blog on my sidebar, under ‘Waiting On The Front Porch’. She’s a star!) has tagged me with a book meme. As most of you know I am kind of obsessed with reading, so this is quite the challenge. I really adore a good read…even if during termtime I sometimes struggle to get anything major achieved. Oh, to be a student once more and to be meant to read…

I have to plagiarise one part of bee’s blog:
“first, though, a disclaimer: this is brutal for me, like picking which child i want to save from the oven.”

1. A book that changed your life:

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf
The Inheritors – William Golding
The Hobbit – J.R.R.Tolkein
And Still I Rise – Maya Angelou
Matilda – Roald Dahl
The NIV Bible
Talking In Whispers – I can never remember who wrote this. Argh!
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage – Alice Munro
Captivating – John and Stasi Eldredge
Debrett’s Guide to Modern Etiquette

2. A book you’ve read more than once:

So many…Pride and Prejudice, The Fabulous Girls’ Guide To Decorum, Little Women, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Elegance, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets… I like to get my chicklit on after a stressful day! Sad but true, but familiar books are a comfort blanket for me. I was also very in to rereading Debrett’s Guide to Modern Etiquette and Enid Blyton / Roald Dahl as a child.

3. A book you’d want on a deserted island:

(bee – the narnia series is a very good call. I’ll go with that!)

4. A book that made you giddy:

Recently? Both PS, I Love You and Memoirs of a Geisha moved me – they were written so competently, with such passion and virtuosity. Two very different books covering massively different genres, but by gosh I was thrilled by both of them!

5. A book you wish had been written:

…Colin Hanks’ account of his falling in love with a curvy, quirky country girl from middle England. Hey, it’s late and a girl can dream, right?

Like so many people, I’d love to write a book one day, so I guess that’s a wish I’d like to see fulfilled.

6. A book that wracked you with sobs:

Hannah’s Gift (oh my gosh, y’all. 2 chapters in and it’s all sobbing, streaming nose, weeping heartache chez moi. Brilliantly written book.)
What Was Good About Today.
Little Women.

Can you beat a good cry?

7. A book you wish had NOT been written:

Good In Bed – utter tripe. I threw this book with ferocious velocity after completion. It sucked… but of course, ymmv. I’m also not the biggest fan of Moby Dick, as much as I tend to adore American Literature!

8. A book that you are currently reading:

The Kindness of Strangers – Kate Adie

9. A book you’ve been meaning to read:

The pile on my bedside table, in all its glory:
Coppola – Peter Cowie
Complete Prose – Woody Allen
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
The Year of Reading Proust – Phyllis Rose
Siddartha – Herman Hesse
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
The Scottish Nation: 1700-2000 – T.M. Devine
Freedom In Exile – The Dalai Lama
Lying Awake – Mark Salzman
Orson Welles – Simon Callow
The Weaker Vessel – Antonia Fraser
A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
A Million Little Pieces – James Frey
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
The Sacred Romance – Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
The Hours – Michael Cunningham

Will I ever get through them all? All thoughts welcome! I will no doubt break up this pretty heavy list with some chicklit and fluff also, as I can often be tempted by a pink cover (I’m pretty good though, I only like the better stuff!).

10. now, for the tagging:

If you would like to lift this and use it, gentle reader, please do so and let me know! No forcing though, because I know how many of you loathe these…

Have a great day,



  1. Anonymous
    26th September 2006 / 2:02 pm

    I’m not sure my book reading would be of any interest to anybody … unless of course, there is a large audience interested in books about professional wrestlers and the Kennedy assassination … didn’t think so.

  2. Scott
    26th September 2006 / 5:26 pm

    Great list. There are some great books in there. Hope that you make it through your pile. No doubt though you will keep building a new one.Scott

  3. Bossy♥'s YOU
    28th September 2006 / 4:20 am

    man I feel like such a boob..I havent read a book since I had to in highschool..other then Bill Clintons book and John Stewart…oh gosh

  4. bee
    29th September 2006 / 9:09 pm

    claire.i thought i wrote you a comment in this post, but i didn’t so i’m a big fucksandwich. and i’m leaving one now….darling, where are you? i miss your posts. start posting again, okay???much love. hope you’re well. if you leave me your email address i will write you a cheer-up email…

  5. silverlight
    30th September 2006 / 2:12 am

    Sigh. So many books. So little time. I have a long list bookmarked at Amazon and for my local library. thank you for adding me to your links list.I have you at least bookmarked.

  6. silverlight
    30th September 2006 / 2:15 am

    I forgot where I was. The Thank you was for Susie.However I am a confirmed bookworm.

  7. Britmum
    30th September 2006 / 5:20 pm

    Brilliant book meme.I hope that you are well and not too tired from school.Take care xx

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