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August 21st, 2006 at 6:58 pm

there is a slant towards detective fiction here which does not reflect my actual reading habits … go figure

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1. One book that changed your life

I can’t think of any that have had such a profound effect. Several, upon completion, have made me resolve to be a better person, however: ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by Harper Lee was one, another was about Helen Keller, the name of which escapes me now.

2. One book you have read more than once.

‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte. (Many, many times.)

3. One book you’d want on a desert island.

‘Which Palm Tree is That?’/’101 Tasty Date Recipes’ – author unknown.

4. One book that made you giddy?

I recall feeling something like giddy – although it may have been more freaked out – after finishing ‘The Magus’ by John Fowles.

5. One book that you wish had been written

I so wish that the third book in Isobel Carmody’s ‘LegendSong’ series would appear sometime soon. Please? It’s been so long since ‘Darkfall’ and ‘Darksong’ ….

6. One book that wracked you with sobs?

Embarassingly, the book in Anne Mcaffrey’s ‘Pern’ series (I can’t remember which one) where the character of the Master Harper, Robinton, dies had me sobbing out loud on the Woden-Civic intercity bus once. And I always cry at the end of ‘Charlotte’s Web’.

7. One book you wish had never been written

Sometimes sequels are bad ideas: I think Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious Ramotswe books following on from ‘the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ have gone down hill – although many would disagree.

8. One book you’re currently reading

‘The Big Over Easy’ by Jasper Fforde. (Bad puns galore!)

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read.

Number 12 in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.

10. Now tag five bloggers

Go on. You know you want to.

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2 Responses to “there is a slant towards detective fiction here which does not reflect my actual reading habits … go figure”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Well, colour me embarassed too, Marita, because I cried not only in the Robinton-death part of Pern (I also can’t remember which book) but when Sallah Telgar died in Dragonsdawn, when Brekke’s dragon Wirenth died in Dragonquest, and when Menolly injured her hand in Dragonsinger. Say what you like about Anne McC; she writes a damnably moving tear-jerker.

  2. Ren Says:

    I bawled when Robinton died too, and I was going to add the bit about Brekke but Kathy beat me to it.