I find this kind of Q&A about books torturesome: You want me to pick one? But here goes:
1. One book that changed your life:
Selected Poems 1966-1987
Seamus Heaney ignited my love for Irish literature, which led me to getting my MA in Irish Studies at BC, which brought me to the Boston area where I met Dom. I guess you could say it changed my life.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
The Chronicles of Narnia (Box Set)
Ok, so it’s not quite one book but you want me to narrow it down this is what you get. I could also list LOTR, Anne of Green Gables, and dozens of others. I love to re-read my favorite books.
By the way, can we agree that The Magician’s Nephew is not the first book in the series?
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
After the Bible (a given); and Liturgy of the Hours, a book for reading would have to be:
Riverside Shakespeare. Though perhaps the Odyssey might be more appropriate. In any case years on an island with only one book would either kill me or cure me of my bookaholism.
4. One book that made you laugh:
The Diaries of Adam and Eve I’m having a hard time remembering all those books that made me laugh out loud. This one is pretty good, though.
5. One book that made you cry:
Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my favorite authors. I’ve laughed; I’ve cried. But the ending, what a tear-jerker.
6. One book that you wish had been written:
The Silmarillion I wish Tolkien had finished this.
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Children of the Mind (Ender, Book 4) By this point I was getting pretty fed up with the direction Card was going. On the other hand Ender’s Shadow was brilliant. Almost as good as the original Ender’s Game
8. One book you’re currently reading:
Our Mutual Friend
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
The Theology of the Body: A New Translation Based on the John Paul II Archives
10. Tag five others.
Dom, Theresa, Kate B can’t think of anyone else.
Note to Julie: I’m a huge Terry Pratchett fan too. Ditto for Falco. Glad to know there’s another one out. Will have to seek it out. Good dirty summer fun. (Falco never stays clean does he?)