Wednesday, August 09, 2006

"You there, come to the big kids' table", said Enbrethiliel

Hey, a tag! I wish it had been for something that wouldn't spotlight my lowbrow tendencies quite so much, but I accept with thanks.


  1. One book that changed your life

    Who Moved the Stone by Frank Morison
    This is the book that tipped me over from unbeliever to believer when I was a freshman at the University of Michigan. I needed a fact-based defense of the actual invasion of the natural by the supernatural, and God sent it in this book.
  2. One book you've read more than once

    Oh, so many. Let's choose Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
  3. One book you'd want on a desert island

    Desert Survival Skills by David Alloway
    I am nothing if not practical.
  4. One book that made you laugh

    Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior by Judith Martin
    This is also the book that taught me how to avoid unwanted committee assignments without being ungracious or feeling guilty.
  5. One book that made you cry

    Again, so many.
    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  6. One book you wish had been written

    I've thought a lot about this.
    Blessed by Adversity: How Being Overthrown in a Coup Changed My Life
    by the Rt. Rev. A. Hitler
  7. One book you wish had never been written

    The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, et al.
  8. One book you're currently reading

    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    (Don't be too impressed, fellow lowbrows. My husband's good influence is being felt, but we're still newlyweds. The jury is still out on whether my taste can be rehabilitated.)
  9. One book you've been meaning to read

    Deep Conversion / Deep Prayer by Fr. Thomas Dubay
    It's on its way from Amazon. Fr. Dubay is leading our parish women's retreat, and this is the pre-reading.
  10. Bloggers who I'm tagging

    Therese, are you there? Do you have time for this?
    Henry, whose answers will be particularly interesting
    TSO, I don't know if you "do" memes, but Tag, You're It.


TS said...

Fortunately being tagged is sort of like having the mumps. You develop immunity after getting it once! But it's always nice to be thought of. I always wanted to read that Anna K. book too...

Therese Z said...

Okey dokey...

One book that changed my life: New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton. Read it in college, right during the time I thought I had God all figured out in terms of physics, and was quite chuffed with my intellectual ingenuity. But during that the whole time when I was busy reducing the sacraments into elemental human needs being met, I couldn't keep my hands off the religion section of the local library. God and I met during that time, piercingly, and even though it took me two decades or more to pick up my junk and get on the Path, that book and that time never left my mind.

One book I've read more than once - Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers. Anything about Lord Peter Wimsey. I can quote entire passages.

One book you'd want on a desert island - Is there anything called "Do It Yourself Gynecology?" Just kidding. I don't have one for this, I think I'll swipe yours right after you read it.

One book that made you laugh - I do enjoy books that make me laugh until I weep and get the hiccups. One of the more recent is James Lilek's Gallery of Regrettable Food. Or, practically anything by Dave Barry. Helplessly-snorting-on-the-commuter-train-until-people-look-at-you funny, those guys are.

One book that made you cry - She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. I should read that again, good summer reading, if a little depressing.

One book you wish had been written - wow, what a concept. Maybe "The Absolute Honest Diary of my Life" by my ex-husband, published before we got engaged.

One book you wish had not been written - Joyous Wisdom by Nietzsche (the one where he said "God was dead") - the damage that man has done and continues to do... Or, now that I think of it, Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre, because I actually have read it and his influence is even more insidious, being more recent and more angrily disillusioned.

One book I'm currently reading - The Collected Stories of Flannery O'Connor. Seems like a Catholic must-read, although I haven't been seized with the admiration many have for her...yet.

One book I've been meaning to read - The Man Who Was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton.




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