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CW tagged me for a meme a few days ago, so here goes. (This is harder than it seems because I could easily list off several dozen books in each category.)

1. One book you have read more than once.
The Lord of the Rings (I know, that’s technically more than one book, but only technically).

2. One book you would want on a desert island
That’s for me to know, and you to find out.

3. One book that made you laugh
The Princess Bride… oh boy did it ever.

4. One book that made you cry
Lots of books make me cry. I cry pretty easily for books. But Where the Red Fern Grows stands out as one of the saddest for me.

5. One book you wish you had written
84 Charing Cross Road. This has got to be my all-time favorite book. I wish I could write like either of those two letter writers.

6. One book you wish had never been written
The Bear. Ugh. And the professor who assigned it should have known better. (I’ve banished the author’s name from my mind, so I can’t find a link for you, but take my word for it, it was bad. It made me feel dirty. It STILL makes me feel dirty, even four years later.)

7. One book you are currently reading
Hmmm, which one? A couple of fluff books, a couple of serious books, and then Carleton’s Common Reading book, Persepolis and Persepolis II.

8. One book you have been meaning to read
The Shadow of the Wind, among about a million others.

9. One book that changed your life
They all have, but cliche as it is to say so, reading Jane Eyre stands out for being the first time that “literature” interested me.

10. Now tag five people:
There must be five people out there who want to do this… step up and claim your tag.

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  1. joshua m. neff joshua m. neff

    The Lord of the Rings (I know, that’s technically more than one book, but only technically).

    Actually, it’s not. Tolkien wrote it as one book, but the publisher had him split it into three, thinking one big, fat fantasy epic wouldn’t sell.

  2. Iris Iris

    Very true. Here’s the story behind that bit in parentheses. I figure that since it was published first (and most often) as three books, and since before that it one manuscript (not book), and since it has only been widely sold as one huge book in recent years, I think it’s “technically” three books that should have been one.

    It’s convoluted, I know, and kind of arbitrary, but there’s a little glimpse into my head.

  3. CW CW

    Well? Aren’t you going to tell us what your desert island book is?? :)

    Oh, and 84 Charing Cross Road!!! I read that YEARS ago – must reread. Lately I find myself intrigued by letters (currently dipping into The Selected Letters of Anton Chekhov, among other titles…

  4. Iris Iris

    Maybe rather than have me tell you what my desert island book is, you should guess. :)

    84 Charing Cross Road has the distinction of being the only book that I’ve consciously slowed down to read. I had it on my bedside table and I would only allow myself to read one letter per night. No more. No matter how much I wanted to. I even had a back-up book there waiting if I just couldn’t make myself stop reading.

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