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From out of the heart of the Internet, I am tagged for a meme by the redoubtable Ms. Ling. Ergo:

1. One book that changed your life?
Considering the makeup of the Internet, I wonder how many people put down The Player's Handbook or Dungeon Master's Guide? As for me, I'm thinking I'm going to have to go with The Lord of the Rings, as that and The Hobbit were the first real books I remember reading, and certainly sent me on the path I'm on today. See also #2.

2. One book you have read more than once?
There have been a lot of those. The earliest example would have been The Lord of the Rings, which I read obsessively as a child (see #1), until my mom took me to the library in a (successful) attempt to get me to read something else for a change.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?
The Collected Works of Danielle Steele. Hey, I'll need toliet paper.

4. One book that made you laugh?
Would almost certainly have been written by Terry Pratchett.

5. One book that made you cry?
None come to mind, unless you count the time when I was eight and dropped a dictionary on my foot.

6. One book you wish had been written?
Sanditon, by Jane Austen. Started, never finished, as she died first. But it's supposed to be witty, like all Austen, and about hypochondria. My grandmother was a hypochondriac, so I have some interest in that.

7. One book you wish had never had been written?
You got me. I'm more likely to stop reading a book if it's not working for me on some level. So...My Plan To Kill Jon Hansen, by Arch Nemesis?

8. One book you are currently reading?
Currently it's Lloyd Alexander's The High King. I rather enjoyed the Prydain Chronicles as a lad, and as a newly minted father, I find myself thinking about books I enjoyed then.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?
Only one? I've got a lot of books on my shelves I've been meaning to read. Fortunately, the read outnumber the unread at this point. One of them is A Winter's Tale, by Mark Helprin. I keep hearing wonderful things about this book, but the last time I tried to read it several years ago I got a couple pages in, got distracted, and set it aside. It's still on the shelf, however.

10. Now tag five people.
No! I will not be a plague vector!


Oh, I loved A Winter's Tale, though I'm not sure I'd call it a novel...

I asked my students in class yesterday what good books they'd read over the summer. A selected list: Batman comics, Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead (ow!), Dan Brown's Angels and Demons (but it was airplane reading, she protested), Keyes' Flowers for Algernon, and some book about a guy who died and went to heaven for 90 minutes, talked to angels and crap, and then came back.

Ah, The Player's Handbook would have been an excellent choice for me, too. Really, though, I remember so many formative books. Lord of the Rings was definitely up there -- the third time I read it, I read all three books in four days and was seeing orcs over the hills for weeks. Fun!

SarahP: We need to get people over this tendency to caveat popular books with "but it was just on the plane." Why do we do this to ourselves? Why can't we just be honest and *own* what entertains us?

Never could get past the first few pages of A Winter's Tale myself.