Summer Reading Meme

Rebel just posted this and since I'm trying to amp up my reading and spend less time at the computer and sewing machine, here's mine. I can't seem to pick only one book in some of the categories.

1. One book that made you laugh: The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols. The movie isn't nearly as funny.

2. One book that made you cry: Where the Red Fern Grows and The Snow Goose. As a child I read those books over and over each time knowing the endings and I'd weep throughout the entire reading. I cry pretty easily over sentimental things.

3. One book that you loved as a child: See above. I also loved reading fairy tales, mythology, and folk tales.

4. One book you’ve read more than once: One Hundred Years of Solitude

5. One book you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it: I am not embarrassed to admit anything. My friend brought Growing Up Brady to a summer cabin trip we take and I loved it. Did you know that Greg took Carol Brady (his mom on the show) on a date?! This is the book that confirmed all our suspicions that Greg and Marcia really were making out behind the scenes. The Brady Bunch is the Full House of older Generation Xers like myself.

6. One book you hated: Hmm.. I never finish anything I hate. I recall in school that Bartleby the Scrivener was very hard for me to get through, and it's a short story. I also hated The Handmaid's Tale.

7. One book that scared you: I don't read scary books... Hmm.. as a child I used to have many fears about hellish paintings and artwork imagery (traditional stuff like Bruegel or gargoyles and things like that). However, I couldn't help myself and I'd look at the images in my mom's art book collection.

8. One book that bored you: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King God, what a slog that is. Get back to the Shire already! Wicked is also really really boring after the fun beginning when the good witch and the bad witch are roommates in college.

9. One book that made you happy: I like The #1 Ladies Detective Agency books. Those are always a quick happy read.

10. One book that made you miserable: Twice, I've gotten about 200 pages into War and Peace only to give up with a "who the hell are they talking about?" problem. I've also read some of The Slave Narrative, and those true stories are sickening.

11. One book that you weren’t brave enough to read: My brother says that Moby Dick is fantastic, but I haven't tried it. (See Bartleby the Scrivener above.)

12. One book character you’ve fallen in love with: I love that guy from Angela's Ashes. I read all 3 of his books and love it that he became a teacher.

13. The last book you read: I'm currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo. I just finished The Last Battle in the Chronicles of Narnia. I was hoping to get my son to read the Narnia series, but he's not interested.

14. The next book you hope to read: I'm trying to read classics, so I hope to do A Tale of Two Cities or The Good Earth.