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Friday, April 15, 2005

I Wanna Talk About Meme!

By which, of course, I mean the dreaded West Nile Book Meme that's been making the rounds.

Thanks to E.Spat, this is my part of the “all-girl (book) revue review....” Note that she did not say girl on girl book review – so you can wipe that idea right out of your mind.

1. You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be saved?
Unlike some of my compatriots (who will, ahem, remain nameless), I actually have read Fahrenheit 451. Because I am geeky like that. And because I went through a rather long Science Fiction phase during the Roundboy years.
In keeping with that, I think I would save “Stranger in a Strange Land.” Because I love Heinlein books. I know it's not incredibly highbrow or intellectual, but it is one of my absolute favorites. I've read it about a dozen times and still think Jabal is hilarious, and that Heinlein has some really interesting observations about our culture.
2. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Ummmmm…I'm sure I have, but I just can't really think of any characters from a book, but maybe Lloyd Dobler from "Say Anything" because he's the ultimate nice guy. And he’s played by John Cusack. Realistically though, I think the no ambition thing would get to me pretty quick.
3. The last book you purchased?
Textbooks don't count, right? Over Christmas break I bought 2 books. One was "Blacklist" by Sara Paretsky. The other was "The Lady and the Footman" by Wilma Counts. I used to really enjoy Sara Paretsky, but I've found that lately I don't enjoy being preached at by my mystery novels about social values. I get enough of that at school.
I bought the Wilma Counts book because she was one of my high school English teachers. But now she's a romance novelist. I thought I wrote a post about it, but haven't been able to find it, so I think Blogger ate it. Bastards.
Ms. Counts taught both English and Civics. She was one of the toughest teachers I ever had, and made us read Shakespeare, Turgenev, and Hardy. So it totally amuses me that she's now writing the trash stuff fine literature she used to chastise us for reading.
She also only had one hand.
4. What are you currently reading?
I'm currently between books and am accepting recommendations. I have a $25 giftcard to Barnes and Noble just waiting to be spent!
5. Five books you would take to a deserted island? In no particular order:
1. I hear there's a "best of " Heinlein coming out. Or Essential Heinlein. Or something like that. At any rate - it's 46 of Heinlein's finest most popular randomly selected novels. That should keep me busy for awhile.
2. I'll copy E. McPan and Fitz and take along an Army Survival Manual. You know, just in case. Always prepared – that’s my motto…no wait - that's the Boy Scouts. At any rate, this sounds like a good thing to have along.
3. I'll copy E.Spat and take "The Lord of the Rings" series by J.R.R. Tolkien since I have also read The Hobbit but never the LoTR series.
4. "Les Miserables." I've tried several times, but have never made it past page 26. Maybe having nothing better to do would properly motivate me.
5. The Bible. Mainly because I've always meant to read all of it, but never have. I did a Bible Study course the year between the Air Force and starting law school and it was really interesting. Also, maybe I could memorize all the "begats" just for fun. Once I've read everything else on my list, of course.
5 books I definitely wouldn't be taking with me.
1. Any book with "Madeline" in the title
2. Goodnight Moon.
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
4. The Going to Bed Book *don't need to take it - got it memorized*
5. Any book featuring Elmo.

Also, I think it’s totally unfair I can only take 5 books. After reading THL’s choices (esp Anne of Green Gables – every girl should read the whole series!), I wish I would have thought of those too. And Chronicles of Narnia. And the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy.”

On the other hand, I guess being able to choose 5 books is way better than getting stuck with a single issue of, say, People Magazine.

Hmmmm…whom to pass this on to. Who hasn’t already done this? I pick…Brian, Denise, and Legally Intoxicated. I swear, this is the blog equivalent of a chain letter.

where did you go to high school? Wilma Counts was my HS English teacher for 1/2 a semester at KAHS. We went on a field trip Easter week to London/Stratford.
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