The One Book Meme and Friday Fill Ins

Everyone’s been doing this ever since Eva posted her answers, so I figured what the hell! I’ll do it too. Enjoy. I’d love to see everyone else’s answers.

One book you’re currently reading: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (Very slowly unfortunately. It’s a great book, but I’ve had no reading time at all this week.)

One book that changed you life: Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (I looked at fiction, science-fiction in particular, in a whole new light after reading this book. I had always loved to read, but this book showed me just how incredible a book can be.)

One book that you’ll want on a deserted island: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (I could read this one over and over again and never tire of it.)

One book you’ve read more than once: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice (incredible book and I may be due for a reread soon!)

One book you’ve never been able to finish: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (I’ve tried three times and don’t think I’ve ever even gotten 100 pages into it. Why I keep trying to read it, I have no idea.)

One book that made you laugh: When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (All of his books crack me up really, but I had to pick this one since I embarrassed the hell out of myself by reading it in public)

One book that made you cry: Hmmm…Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (Beautiful, beautiful book)

One book you keep rereading: Anne Rice again…really anything by her. I think I’m going to reread the whole Vampire Chronicles soon. I haven’t read some of the later ones and I really want to read them all.

One book you’ve been meaning to read: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (I have that gorgeous light blue edition and one of these days I swear I’m going to read it.)

One book you believe everyone should read: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (If you haven’t read it yet, you really need to. Incredible book.)

Grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the fifth sentence.

From The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell: “Of course, that didn’t keep her from looking for people in the neighborhood who resembled him.” I swear…every time I do these “open a book to a random page things” I get the absolute most boring answers :p


And then I decided to do Friday Fill-ins again just for the hell of it…it’s fun enough. Here are my thoughts:

1. I’d really like to not have the knowledge that I have to work at  7 in the morning tomorrow right now.

2. Damn it! is the word you’d most often hear me say if I stubbed my toe.

3. Possession is a book by A.S. Byatt on my TBR shelf that has been there for way too long.

4. If I were a gay pirate, I would be Captain Jack Sparrow.

5. Marshmallows and fire go together like days off of work and books.

6. There’s a song by Erykah Badu called on and on that I really like.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to reading a little bit and then going to bed early tomorrow my plans include working all frickin day and Sunday, I want to not have to work all day, but I do…and then I’ll watch the Super Bowl!


19 Responses

  1. What can I say? I’m such a trendsetter. hehe

    I’m sorry you have to work this weekend! We’re having a Super Bowl party, so I’ve been researching vegan junk food all week, lol. Because usually the Superbowl is the one time in the year I let myself eat that glorious fake cheese that comes in a jar. 😉

    Oh, and I finished Ender’s Game. I didn’t realise there were so many other books in the series!! But since you listed Speaker for the Dead as a book that changed your life, I have a feeling I’ll be reading that one too.

  2. (didn’t actually mean to hit submit yet, lol) And here’s the laptop I was talking about, in case you haven’t seen it:

  3. Yes, I agree that Possession has been on your tbr shelf for too long 😛 And I also want to reread the Vampire Chronicles… We should make some sort of Reread Anne Rice Pact.

    Sigh, Norwegian Wood is the absolute ruler of books that made me cry. No contest.

    Hey, I’m going to read Speaker for the Dead soon…as in, next week. And since I’m reading your favourite book, it’s only fair that you read Middlesex too. Since it’s a chunkster and I’m feeling generous, The Virgin Suicides will be acceptable too. What says you? 😛

  4. I’m 100% with you on American Gods. That might actually be my deserted island book too.

  5. Ugh, don’t you just hate it when you’re in the middle of a great book but you don’t have the time to actually sit down and read it? Seems like that’s happening to me all to often, and it’s dreadful.

    Sorry to hear you have a long weekend of working to look forward to. I don’t have to work tomorrow, but I’m helping people move (definitely a fun way to spend a Saturday….not). Then by the time the Super Bowl is on, I’ll be working. I’m not a huge football fan by any means, but I haven’t totally missed the Super Bowl in a long time – it just feels wrong. Silly job!

  6. Eva, Wow! That laptop is incredible! I want it, lol. Yeah, the Ender series has a LOT of books. I think you’d actually really enjoy the Shadow side of the series as it delves into international politics quite a bit. It follows Peter’s rise to fame as Hegemon and what becomes of all of the other kids after battle school. It’s quite cool. You have to let us know what kind of vegan junk food you come up with! We’re having chicken wings and finger sandwiches which isn’t very vegan friendly :p

    Nymeth, Indeed Possession has been there too long 😦 I’ll get to it, I promise! I think we should definitely have a reread Anne Rice project!!! That would be so much fun. How about we make it a mutual challenge to read at least the first 4 books in the series by the end of the year??? Sound good to you? And I’m thrilled to hear that you’re reading Speaker for the Dead!!! Since you’re doing that, I will go ahead and promise you that I’ll read Middlesex sometime during February. How’s that? 😉

    Lena, I think it should be everyone’s deserted island book :p I just love that book!

    Megan, I really do hate it 😦 Hopefully work is really slow tomorrow. I’m going to bring the Sparrow with me in the hopes that it is! Sunday after 3, I’ll feel much better! I hate hospital shifts. Sucks that you have to work during the Bowl! Hope you get to enjoy it somewhat…maybe you can put it on the radio, lol.

  7. Oh, funny! I love The Age of Innocence, but sometimes a book just doesn’t click for you and you can’t even put a finger on why. I keep trying to read Gone With the Wind. Three attempts, so far . . . no luck. I feel sort of obligated to read it. LOL

    Sorry you have to work. My husband was going to have to fly to Tampa on Super Bowl Sunday, but he wasn’t needed, after all. I was so relieved. I hate it when he flies right into the middle of something huge.

    I love The Time-Traveler’s Wife. It’s on the “good shelves”.

  8. You keep adding books to my tbr pile! The Time Traveler’s Wife has been sitting on my bookshelf for the last two years. I will try to read it in Feb.

  9. Sorry you have to work this weekend.
    Can you believe I’ve never read anything by Anne Rice? So where does one start?

  10. Oh….I think The Witching Hour is definitely my favorite Anne Rice…and you know how much I love my vampire books. That tells you right there how good WH must be!! I may have to re-read that one myself!!

    Sorry you have to work this weekend. I do too. (But I will be able to see the game, so I can live with it!)

  11. oh my.. sorry you have to work when you like football so much!… poor baby. :o(

    gads I can’t believe January is gone!

  12. Chris, it’s a deal 😀

  13. Okay, Chris, I need to ask – is your copy of “Possession’ the American edition or the British edition? DId you know there are 2 very small details that are different between the 2 editions? A.S. Byatt was told to “spice up” the book for the American edition – so she made very subtle changes.

    Hmm… Stephanie, I read Witching Hour for the sex. ;p

  14. Bookfool, Time Traveler’s Wife definitely belongs on the “good shelves” 😉 If I had one o those, it would be there too! Glad to hear that the hubby doesn’t need to fly into chaos. lol…That would NOT be fun 😮 Iv’e tried and tried again with the age of innocence and sadly, it just doesn’t work 😦

    Vasilly, Oooh, I hope you do get to read it in Feb..I’ll be looking forward to your review 😉

    Tan, You have to read something of hers! Where to start depends on what you like better 😉 Vampires or Witches? Personally my all time favorite is The Witching Hour which continues with Lasher and then Taltos. Fantastic books!

    Stephanie, I know! it just doesn’t get much better than The Witching Hour…such a fantastic book! They used to give “Witching Hour Tours” down here in New Orleans. Her house is amazing. The house in The Witching Hour is actually based on her house. great stuff.

    Deslily, I can’t believe January is gone either!! That’s crazy, huh? I’ll get to see the game tomorrow, I’ll just be very tired during it. I work from 7am-3pm, so I’ll just lay in bed and watch it :/

    Nymeth, Awesome! I just ordered Interview with a Vampire from Bookmooch 🙂 I lost my copy during Katrina 😦

    D-O, HAHA! Your comment cracked me up. I totally reread the sex scenes in Witching Hour over and over again :p I was just a teenage boy when I first read that one! lol…as for Possession, I have the US version, so I’ll be looking to see the spiced up bits!

  15. and probably fall asleep!! but I hope you see it !

  16. Except for Interview I don’t think I’ve re-read any of Rice’s vampire series. But I’ve read the Mayfair books about 3 times each – they are definitely my faves. I like the Beauty series too, I picked it up because of my fascination with fairy tale re-tellings not realizing it was erotica, but it ended up being very well written. 🙂

  17. Well thats two books right there that I’d like to read this year! American Gods and When you are engulfed in flames! I like the sound of Norwegian Wood too, but if its going to make me cry maybe I’ll leave it for a nice sunny day later in the year!

  18. If you feel like you really must read something by Edith Wharton she wrote a novella called The Touchstone that I enjoyed. Novella’s have the benefit of being short…

    I have a review of it here, if you’re interested.

    Of course, I’m not saying you have to read Ms. Wharton if you don’t want to. ;-P

  19. […] only read 5 books for the rest of her life, Nymeth would choose American Gods as one of them.  Chris would take it to a desert island with him.  And those two know what they’re talking about […]

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