Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

books meme

Golly, it's been a while since I did a meme, but this is one I like (thanks for the tag, amjhawk, and sorry for the delay). So many book memes are about favorites, which is impossible with so many great books out there.

PS: Can you tell my cable is off? (I mostly wrote this last night.) Ahem. On with the memage:

1. One book that changed your life:
This is really hard, selecting only one. So many have. Let's see, here is one each from several genres:
. Anthology: An early "Best of" collection (anyone remember which one contained the alien-world story, "Grandpa"?), where I read my first SF and realized that this is the genre for me.
. Novel: A Wrinkle in Time, because it was my first novel and opened up the realm of novel-reading.
. Nonfiction: Probably my first full book-read was one about dinosaurs. Big, cool aliens on Earth.
. Essay collection: Inside Science Fiction by James Gunn.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
I don't re-read novels very often, but I re-read More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon right after finishing it.

3. EDIT: Right, I missed 3. What should it be?

4. One book that made you laugh:
Most good books have parts that make me laugh. Recently? Let's see... I recall laughing aloud during The Narrows by Alexander Irvine.

5. One book that made you cry:
Again, most recently: Spin by Robert Charles Wilson. One of the best books I've ever read.

6. One book that you wish had been written:
Oh, this happens a lot. Hmm, just one? How about Dune: A wonderful best-seller that launched its own genre.
EDIT: This is funny; I read this as "you wish you had written.

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
How about all of the competing religious tomes. What if all major religions used the same book, instead?

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Superhuman: The Awesome Power Within, a BBC book that documents an array of cutting-edge human transformation.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Too many to list! I'll get to 10% of them one day, but only 10, because new ones are always being printed!

Now I'm supposed to tag three others to keep the meme alive. I find tagging to be irritating, so if this is interesting to you, you're tagged! Let me know here if you're doing this so I remember to check (I read LJ only in fits and bursts lately).

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