1. One book that changed your life?
The Lord of the Rings wasn’t written for children, but I first (and second and third, etc) read it as a child, so I’m counting it. The reason I say it "changed my life" is that it’s responsible for sparking my romance with Scott. At a college party, we fell into discussion of this mutual favorite and, well, suddenly the music and noise around us faded away, and you know the rest.
2. One book you have read more than once?
Ha, what book HAVEN’T I would be a harder question to answer! Limiting the answer to ONE I’ve re-read is harder still. If I’ve written about a book on this blog, you can bet I’ve read it a bunch of times. But let’s see. One book. Anne’s House of Dreams.
3. One book you would want on a desert island?
Again, sticking with children’s books: it would have to be something very very big. A complete edition of Grimm’s tales, maybe? Or no, I know: The American Boys’ Handy Book. (I think the boys’ version would be more useful in this circumstance than the girls’.)
4. One book that made you laugh?
The Anybodies by N. E. Bode.
5. One book that made you cry?
6. One book you wish had been written?
Betsy’s Baby (a sequel to Betsy’s Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace).
7. One book you wish had never been written?
I have thought long and hard about this one since I first saw this meme, and I can’t do it. I can’t wish a book unwritten. There are books I dislike and books that I think have done outright harm. But still, something in me recoils from the idea of entirely erasing one from existence. What if IT was the book that sparked the idea for another book by another author down the line? I’m picturing literary dominoes that poof one another out of existence as they topple down the line. If I wish my most hated book away, I might take something precious with it.
8. One book you are currently reading?
I just picked up Susan Fletcher’s Shadow Spinner at the library yesterday.
9. One book you have been meaning to read?
Rules by Cynthia Lord.
10. Now tag five people:
I think everyone’s been tagged already!* Now, on to the Bookworm’s homeschooling meme. ::::rubbing hands together gleefully::::
*No, wait! I know someone! Heh heh…I tag Scott.
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