Books, glorious books! How can I not join in on the fun?!?
1. One book that changed your life - the hardest question first.
"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton.
This book was a milestone in my coming-of-age years. I was a wide-eyed twelve when I first read it. With each page, I felt my sheltered self open up to an electrifying, angst-ridden adolescent world rife with rebellion, violence, triumph, loss, friendship, love and hope. It was so different from what I knew, yet the same. Its reality melded into my own. My heart went out to the remarkable characters. I rooted for Ponyboy, fell in love with Sodapop and deemed Johnny to be a hero. To this day, I remember: “Things are rough all over...” and “Nothing gold can stay...”
I read this book a gazillion times; I’ve practically memorized it. Unfortunately, I lost my copy when I was in college. I’ve scoured the bookstores and have yet to find it again. Do give me a heads up if you unearth a copy.
2. One book that you've read more than once.
3. One book that you'd want on a desert island.
“PostSecret” by Frank Warren.
With a collection of postcards by me, maybe I won’t feel so alone and abandoned. I’d have all those heartfelt messages from people from all over the world to keep me company.
4. One book that made you laugh.
I tend to see humor in everything so I’ll just cite the latest book I read that made me guffaw: "Handbags and Halos" by Bernadette Strachan.
My fab friend Jennigirl gave it to me for my birthday. It is a refreshingly witty chronicle of a shallow woman’s desperate attempts to make herself a deeper person. I laughed until I cried.
5. One book that made you cry.
Disclaimer: This will be irredeemably mushy.
“The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks.
I was weeping almost the entire time I was reading it because I was overwhelmed with the realization that my husband is my Noah. He truly is. And this made me feel incredibly lucky and joyful – knowing I would have him to grow old with.
Are you done cringing? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
6. One book that you wish you had written.
“Pregnant Pauses: The Mind-blowing Adventures of A Loony Wife and Mother” by Irene Tuazon.
I’m still wishing it would be written.
7. One book you wish had never been written.
8. One book that you are reading at the moment.
“Kafka on the Shore” by Haruki Murakami.
Strangely enough, I can't get past the second chapter. Usually, I can finish a novel in one sitting.
It must be those Prison Break DVDs hogging my attention as of late. Damn that Wentworth Miller! Doesn’t he know better than to look that hot???
9. One book that you've been meaning to read.
"Three Filipino Women" by F. Sionil Jose
I really, really want to read more books by Philippine authors. We have so many highly talented, wonderfully creative writers right here and it would be great if we could all throw more support their way. Don’t you agree?
10. Five others (or more) that you’d like to do this.
My favorite bookworms: Jenni, Pam, Menchie, Arvy, Dean, and Maryanne. You’re it!
Let me know when you’ve posted your lists so I can take a peek.
Booklovers of the world – unite! Woohoo! c”,)