Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Beat with a Stick

Received this stick from Reverendmother:

1. You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451; which book do you want to be? I am assuming this to mean what book would I destroy. It would have to be pretty much anything by Mary Higgins Clark. I am a big fan of fluff mysteries - you know the kind where the main character is some suburban chick with a catering business or a writer or something and people she is vaguely acquainted with start dropping dead? And this happens book after book after book, yet no one considers that this chick may well be a serial killer who is really adept at foisting blame for her crimes on other eccentric townspeople? Yeah. I like that crap. But I can't stand Mary Higgins Clark. I dunno why. I also don't know why I own about half of her books and have read them even though I know they will make me nuts. I just don't have the guts to get rid of them myself.

2. Have you ever had a crush on a fiction character? Robin Hood.

3. The last book(s) you bought: The Care and Keeping of You and The Feelings Book, both by American Girl Publishing. Before you drop yer teeth in yer tea - Katie the Fabulous StepKid is that age and her mother is clueless. So, in the best Mrs. Cunningham fashion, I bought books and we have been reading them. (And just in case you are in need of this stuff - I really recommend these books. They are all about plain-speaking, but the way they are arranged make for a really stress-free situation for both you and the kid.)

4. The last book you read: A trilogy of Mary Roberts Rinehart novels.

5. What are you currently reading? "Wake Up America" by Tony Campolo. Don't ask me any questions, I've only had time for the first few pages!

6. Five books you would take to a desert island: I would not use one of my choices for the Bible, because I have great faith in the
1. It by Stephen King - this was the first of his books I read and remains my favorite.
2. Oxford Dictionary of Quotations - "It is good for the uneducated man to study quotations" - Benjamin Franklin.
3. Complete Book of Herbs by Lesley Bremness. I really want to steal
Reverndmother's "Worst Case Scenario" idea. With this book I'll at least know a little bit about what I can eat and what will cure me when I eat something I shouldn't.
4. Complete Collected works of Jane Austen - Yeah, I know. You can't believe I read this stuff. I can't either. I hate romance as a general rule, but I can read her books over and over again. Don't know why. Don't much care. I guess that's why they are classics, huh?
5. Lake Wobegone Days by Garrison Keillor - Another author I never tire of. I love his style and I am addicted to hearing him read his works. Word of caution - When leaving home at 4:00 a.m. for 8 hour drive, don't listen to Keillor. You will just be lulled right back to sleep. The highway patrol frowns on this.

So that's it. Passing it on to


PPB said...

The trust in the Gideon's line is the best. I can just see them now, dropping bibles off at every deserted island they can find!!

reverendmother said...

I too LOL at the Gideon line.

Different people have interpreted the F451 thing differently. The guy I got it from interpreted it was which book you would save, so that's what I did. But I admit I haven't read the book...

My daughter will be in American Girl range before I know it--you can help me sort through the madness...

I need to read some Campolo. What would you recommend as a first book?

SpookyRach said...

This is the first of his books I've read - so no recommendation yet. He was in town a few weeks ago and spoke at our church on a Wednesday night. We went, even though going to church on Wednesday made me feel like a vampire in the daylight! ha ha! I was hugely impressed.

Captainwow said...

I also loved IT. It is horrific and horribly funny at the same time. (I know, I'm scary) I love LURVE Stephen King. But alone on an island, Gideons or no, I'd be terrified after reading IT. haha