September 19, 2006

Tagged! (Bookworm to Bookworm)

Thanks for the tag, Lizza! You got me good.

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.

See above.

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.

See above.

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”,)

78 comments:

Lizza said...

Thanks for playing, Irene! I must admit that I've never read any of the books you mentioned. :-( I do like the PostSecret site, though. And I hope that we all get to read the book "Pregnant Pauses" someday!

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Pam said...

Ayayayay! Your tag made me excited and nervous at the same time! Choices, choices. Ack! On Kafka On the Shore - It is an uphill climb (or should I say upstream swim? Hehe.)till chapter 5, but definitely worth it.

Irene Tuazon said...

Lizza - Had a blast playing! I'm already looking forward to your next tag. c",)

Pam - Okay, okay. I promise I'll get back to resuming the saga of "Kafka on the Shore".... after I'm done with "Prison Break"! HaHa! I can't wait for your list of books. c",)

Kiyotoe said...

Two books on your list have special places in my heart. The Outsiders was the first real book I read on my own without it being assigned as a kid and i read it over and over and over again. Still read it from time to time and The Notebook, though i haven't read the book, it was the first uhhhh......(is "chick flick" politically incorrect?)
the first movie of that "nature" that, after being dragged into the theater by the Mrs., I actually liked it.

Go figure.

Irene Tuazon said...

How fabulously refreshing to find a man who actually ADMITS to liking "The Notebook"....WOOHOO! I adore you already. :P But please, you must READ it. It's so much better than watching the movie. Believe me. =)

And how thrilled I am to discover someone who likes "The Outsiders" as much I do. It really is the BEST, isn't it? I was completely in awe of S.E. Hinton for coming up with such a gem when she was only 17! At least you still have your copy. I am sad that I lost mine. :(

Is it too late to tag you with the bookworm meme? I don't think so. Consider yourself IT! Will excitedly await your book list. c",)

Julie said...

I tried not to love the movie "The Notebook", but how could I not? I was a bawling mess for the last hour of the moive. I haven't read the book, but if it's half as good as the film, I'm in trouble.

Melanie said...

Hey Irene,
read your list o books and admittedly havent even heard of them!and they seem like the kind I would read, particularly halos and handbags.So thanks for showin them to me.
will add them to my list of reads.
Keep blogging!

Irene Tuazon said...

Julie - Please READ The Notebook! And please have a dozen bozes of tissues on hand when you do! c",)

Melanie - "Handbags and Halos" is great fun. Get a copy now. c",) Thanks for droppping by!

Maryanne Moll said...

did my homework! :) thanks for the tag. more power and brighter reading lamps for us!

Saaleha said...

Hi Irene,

thanks for the visit.
So these are the books that have made an impression on you. Regrettably, I haven't read any. And the way you speak of them, makes me wish that I had.

Irene said...

Saaleha: It was really hard making this list because there are just so many great books to choose from. c",) Thanks for taking time out to drop by. I'l catch you again soon! (",)

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