1. One book that changed your life?
"The Purpose of Your Life" by Carol Adrienne. Before I read this book I was creating my life by default, Adrienne's book, which makes use of the principles of metaphysics, was the first to open my eyes to the fact that we create our own realities through our thoughts, attitudes etc. and to the possibility of becoming a conscious creator. I am totally indebted to her.
2. One book you have read more than once?
Recently I read "Madame Bovary" for the third time. Not only do I adore Flaubert's writing, but there is something so sad and haunting about the main character that I keep revisiting the book hoping to find what exactly it was that made her throw away all that was good and wonderful in her life for a few moments of reckless pleasure.
3. One book you would want on a desert island?
Oh, that's easy, it would have to be a volume of "The Essential Rumi". I would read his poems over and over until the words disappear and I am permeated with the essence of his sayings.
4. One book that made you cry?
Forget cry, "The Kite Runner" made me sob. Even now, when I think of some of the passages in the book, my heart feels heavy. A beautiful,beautiful book.
5. One book that made you laugh?
I hate admitting this but I so seldom read any funny literature, my melocholy nature won't allow me to! Oh, wait a minute, I remember laughing my head off whilst reading "Adrian Mole Diaries" by Sue Townsend! I think the series was more popular in Britain than in North America, but I could be wrong.
6. One book you wish had been written?
Wow, can't think of any - will have to return to this question.
7. One book you wish had never been written?
I really can't say.
8. One book you are currently reading?
I am about to embark on "Half of a Yellow Sun" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie of "Purple Hibiscus" fame. Her new novel deals with a seminal event in African history - the struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960's. I am hoping to meet the author at a booksigning tomorrow...
9. One book you have been meaning to read?
"Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala. This is the story of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Comes highly recommended.
Now for five more bibliophiles: Bookfool, J of Thinking About, Lesley's Book Nook, Melissa and Gautami, consider yourselves tagged! :)
I'd love it if you all played, but I also want you to know I won't be offended if you can't!