Because most philosophies that frown on reproduction don't survive.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Book Meme Redux, or Me Too

Darwin got in first and took all the good answers, so my list is a bit lighter.

1. One book that changed your life: Lewis's The Four Loves. I read it at 17, and it had a profound influence on my thoughts about love and friendship, making me susceptible to the intellectual wiles of the freshman Darwin.

2. One book that you've read more than once: Declare by Tim Powers. An excellent mix of historical speculation, suspense, action, love across time, and the supernatural, set against the backdrop of the Cold War.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island: Well, Darwin already took The Divine Comedy (thought I came up with it independently) so I might have to grab The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. That's pretty meaty stuff for an island sojourn. Or maybe I'd have to find a copy of Bad Twin.

4. One book that made you laugh: My Home Sweet Home by Giovanni Guareschi. Family doesn't get funnier than Margharita, the Passionaria, and Alberto.

5. One book that made you cry: I read Jane Eyre when I was 13 or 14, and found myself snuffling at Jane's stirring declaration that she was not an automaton, Mr. Rochester. It's possible that something more recent has made me tear up, but nothing springs immediately to mind -- I'm not much for crying.

6. One book that you wish had been written: The Complete User's Manual to Eleanor, Julia, and Isabel. Boy, would that make my life easier!

7. One book that you wish had never been written: Emile by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. This is the book responsible for numerous heinous theories of child and human development by perpetrating the myth of the tabula rasa -- thus rejecting the notion of original sin.

8. One book you're currently reading: A Mother's Rule of Life. I'm reading it, but I'm not liking it.

9. One book you've been meaning to read: The Death of Achilles by Boris Akunin -- fourth in the series of Erast Fandorin mysteries. These are excellent reads for anyone who loves classic mysteries, and are uber-stylish to boot.

AND I'm back, having just remembered that I wanted to tag a few people: Rick and Rhonda Lugari and BarbfromCincy in the combox, and Amber and CMinor -- time permitting for all, of course.


Jeff Miller said...

I just read Declare this week and I agree I am certain to read it again in the futures. I have been reading a bunch of his books recently and have quite enjoyed them. The way he can turns the genre of alternate history into one that weaves real history with plasable plots is quite fun. And it doesn't hurt that he is a believing Catholic to boot.

Anonymous said...

Declare is just all kinds of fabulous. Did you know that Powers has a new book coming out next week?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your honesty about "A Mother's Rule of Life." I, too, don't particularly care for it. It was hyped to me as being such a very different approach to organizing one's daily life -- yet I find it to be something akin to Flylady with religious practices included in the mix. Not real awe-inspiringly innovative, but perhaps if I had read "Rule" first, then run across Flylady at a later time, I would feel differently. Qui sais?

Thanks for the tips on Powers and Akunin, I have reserved them at my library. :)

mrsdarwin said...

Oh believe me -- more on the Mother's Rule to come....