1) Name five of your favourite books.
Harriet the Spy - Probably my first favourite book. I love Harriet. She's hard as nails, calls it like she sees it, and is precocious as all get out. In short, she's who I wish I could be.2) What was the last book you bought?
Howard's End - Only connect, dude.
Travels with Charley - Steinbeck takes a road trip around America with his standard poodle, Charley. I wish I could've gone with them.
Tender Is the Night - It's probably Fitzgerald's messiest, most ambitious novel, but I read it every year or so and find new stuff in it every time.
Larry's Party - My favourite Carol Shields novel, and that's saying something. She brings beauty and narrative symmetry to the life of a regular schlub like you or me. I love her for that.
An Alphabet for Gourmets by MFK Fisher, which I wrote about here.3) What was the last book you read?
Heh, well, I just wrote about it here, but it's The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby. But if you want to know what I'm reading now, it's Neil Postman's The Disappearance of Childhood. It's pretty interesting, but for some reason I'm moving really slowly.4) List five books that have been particularly meaningful to you (in no particular order).
Oh, gosh. I think I blew my load writing about my favourite books. Hmm... let me think.5) Name three books you've been dying to read but just haven't gotten around to it?
The Secret of the Old Clock - This Nancy Drew book was the very first chapter book I ever read. It was a gift from my mom on my eighth birthday. I also remember that I was allowed to stay home from school with a trumped-up cold so that I could read it.
Garden of Eden - This book will always make me think of full days spent at the beach reading with my friend Schimpky, the only other person I've ever known who can spend hours reading AND hours lying in the sun without getting bored.
The Happy Prince - I loved this story when I was a kid. Once, when I was six or seven, my mom woke me up -- just me, not my brother or sisters -- because the animated version of the story was on TV. We cuddled on the sofa and watched it all by ourselves in the dark, quiet house, then she tucked me back into bed. It was magical.
Pride and Prejudice - This was the first Jane Austen novel I read. I picked it up when I was 16 or 17, and it was the first time I experienced the special excitement I've since always felt when reading great classics.
Anything ever written by Stephen King - The first night I met Rusty -- after a first-year "great books" class we were taking -- we walked most of the way back to our respective homes arguing about King's merits as a storyteller. I argued for the fact that King has undeniable gifts; Rusty argued against. It was a great debate. Conversationally, I'd rarely felt more alive! At some point near the end, I realized that Rusty had never actually read anything by King. That pretty much set the tone for all our future debates. How could I ever want that to end? So we got married.
Hmm... this question is actually a bit depressing because I realize that, while there are some books I'd like to read, I wouldn't describe myself as dying to read anything at all right now. Jesus, what a downer.6) Tag five people and have them fill this quiz out on their own.
So instead, here are some books I'd love to read... if only they existed:
The Lost Novels of Jane Austen
Harriet the Spy II
Can You Believe It? Still More Bertie and Jeeves
I'll start with Wing, despite the fact that I bet she hates stuff like this. BWAHAHAHAHA! (Sorry.)
And I'll add four of my other favourite book nerds, and wish I could add more: Cap'n Ganch, Jagosaurus, Carrie, and Mike.