1. One book that changed my life: Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters. My reasoning is similar to Kevin's if later in practice. I never read much for pleasure as a kid. My mom suggested this book when I was looking for something to read on a plane when I was in or just out of college. I got hooked on reading- it's still my favorite mystery series.
2. One book that I have read more than once: Just one? Most recently, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.
3. One book I would want on a deserted island: Maybe Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I enjoyed it the first time around, and I know it would take me a while to get through.
4. One book that made me laugh: Most any of the Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters.
5. One book that made me cry: There must be at least one but none are coming to mind. There are books I found upsetting (like Blindness by Jose Saramago), but I'm not likely to pick grief-inducing stories generally. I'll go with Hamlet by Shakespeare.
6. One book I wish I'd written: either Yoga for People Who Can't be Bothered to Do it or Out of sheer rage: wrestling with DH Lawrence by Geoff Dyer. If I'd written either, it'd also mean I was rather well traveled.
7. One book I wish had never been written: Billy Budd by Melville came to mind first because I hated it so much, but I think Kevin was onto something when he said Dianetics. Of course, in the ultimate act of blasphemy, I would wipe out all religious texts (I'm sure some are fine, but I'd want to be fair). I think too many people rely on/use them to excuse their own rigidity and intolerance.
8. One book I am currently reading: The Ongoing Moment by Geoff Dyer and The Great Book of Archaeology
9. One book I have been meaning to read: I've been wanting to reread Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere by Michael Kimmelman because the artists' comments on other people's works made me feel better about my own artistic struggles and it's a really fascinating read.
10. One book I think everyone should read: This crossed my mind when I read it, so I'll go with: Exterminate all the Brutes by Sven Lindqvist, translated from the Swedish by Joan Tate. It should be an accompaniment to Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
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One year ago at TTaT: mogh*go's
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