Okay, I'll Do It, Too
Yes, I will take a shot at the book meme that's been making its way around the kidlitosphere.
One book that changed your life
What's Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies. Whatever understanding of and appreciation for art I have, I learned from this book.
One book you have read more than once
When I was a child, I read Little Men so many times, that the last page in the book fell out. I wanted to be Jo in Little Men. To a great extent, I got my wish.
One book you would want on a desert island
I have a great fear of being stranded on a desert island. I'm afraid of being bored. I'd rather not think about this.
One book that made you laugh
The standout recently was Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
One book that made you cry
The ending of How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn.
One book you wish had been written
I wish someone would do a contemporary novel with a Lord Peter Wimsey-type character. I'm seeing Lord Peter's grandson in the twenty-first century. No room for amateur sleuths these days so the brilliant nobleman with the nitwit persona has to work for Scotland Yard in order to flex his mental muscles. It's a more democratic world, so I see him having to work for Bunter's granddaughter.
One book you wish had never been written
The fourth Artemis Fowl book. I found it very, very weak. A sad decline.
One book you are currently reading
I finshed The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner this afternoon and went right into The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos. And, of course, I'm still reading Word Court by Barbara Wallraff.
One book you've been meaning to read
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos. Unfortunately it's not on the two shelves that are filled with other books I've been meaning to read.