I nabbed this meme from Bookfool because I thought it would be really fun search my brain for answers. And I was right! It was fun!
A book that made you cry: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I remember reading this the first time and feeling very weepy at the end and thinking that is weird because up to that point I’d never felt so moved by a book. Since then, it doesn’t take much to make me cry, but I’ve re-read this book and sure enough, I cried again!
A book that scared you: I remember being a little creeped out by The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova but just a little. Blindness by Jose Saramago really freaked me out though.
A book that made you laugh: A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel has some really funny stories. I also remember laughing out loud often while reading Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynn Truss. How can punctuation be so funny? Go figure.
A book that disgusted you: The Nanny Diaries. I just thought all the characters where disgusting. But I guess that was the whole point of the book. But what really disgusts me is that it’s marketed as a funny book and I didn’t see one funny thing about that whole book. Not one.
A book you liked in elementary school: Wow. So many. But what comes to mind first is the Nancy Drew series. I remember one library day I’d run right over to that section and see what would be next! I also remember reading The Luckiest Girl by Beverly Cleary. I think my first bit of a love story and wow, did I eat it up!
A book you liked in junior high: I can’t remember exactly when I read this book, but I’ll never forget The Enchanted Cup by Dorothy Roberts. My dad randomly picked it off the shelf for me and I couldn’t believe how good it was. All about the love story of Tristan and Isolde. I was completely swept away. I’ve been trying to get my hands on a copy lately, and have only found it on Ebay. I just need to push the button and get it I guess.
A book you liked in high school: Tess of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. After that I went on to read many more of his books and just loved the tragic element of them all. So good.
A book you hated in high school: There’s not many books that I actually HATE, but I do remember reading The Great Gatsby and I just didn’t get it. I thought it was quite boring and wondered what the big deal was. To this date, I"ve never given it a second try and really I need to, just to see what my older self’s reaction will be.
A book you loved in college: This one was hard because I can’t really remember what I was reading in college. Anyway, I think towards the end of this period of my life, I discovered Anya Seton. The first book I picked up by her was Green Darkness. I loved it! Then I couldn’t get enough of her and read everything the library had by her.
A book that changed your identity: Can’t think of one here really. I was trying to remember a book that marked the point where I knew I was reading because I loved and not because I had to. I think it was during my Little House period, right around 2nd or 3rd grade I imagine. Because of these books, I knew I was a real reader!
Favorite series: Man! This one is way too hard to just name one! Harry Potter, Eragon, Twilight, Inkheart, are all series that I’m DYING for the next to come out.
Favorite Horror book: I don’t read much in this genre, but than I decided that Frankenstein by Mary Shelley would fit. I loved this book. So different from all the movie depictions and the language and prose is incredible.
Favorite Science Fiction book: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Amazing book and a great series too.
Favorite Fantasy book: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I think all fantasy writes are influenced by these books. They’re the best of the best.
Favorite Mystery book: Another genre I don’t read much of, but I do remember going through an Agatha Christie phase, and I loved Ten Little Indians especially.
Favorite Biography: John Adams by David McCollough. I totally got wrapped up in this story and the length didn’t bother me a bit.
Favorite Coming of Age: I love them all! Okay, what came to mind was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith and more recently A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park.
Favorite Classic: This is one of my favorite genres, so it’s hard to pick a favorite here too, but Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is somewhere there at the top! I read it for the first time in 8th grade and didn’t understand a thing. Then a few years ago I read it again, and loved every bit of it. It has it all, mystery, mistaken identity, love, betrayal.... everything.
Favorite Romance: Besides my current obsession with Twilight, the other one that came to mind is The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye. An amazing love story.
A book not on the list: Are you kidding?!! :) Ummmm..... well..... hmmmm.....there’s just too many......