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One-Book Meme

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I picked this up off Erica’s blog today . . .

1. One book that changed your life. Victoria by Willo Davis Roberts, book 13 of the Sunfire YA romance series. It (obviously) wasn’t the first romance novel I read, but there’s just something about the way Willo Davis Roberts wrote that kept me returning to this book over and over and over. I got it when I was fourteen or fifteen and read it a few times a year until I was in college! It’s what led me to stop just making stories up in my head and start putting them on paper.

2. One book that you have read more than once. Too many to enumerate. But if I had to pick the book I’ve read the highest number of times, it would probably have to be These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It’s the story of her romance with Almanzo. I’ve read it at least once a year since childhood. (Along with most of the others in the series, with the exception of Farmer Boy and The First Four Years.)

3. One book you would want on a desert island. The Complete Works of Jane Austen

4. Two books that made you laugh. Along Came Jones by Linda Windsor and the not-yet-published Honey Do Inc. by Georgiana Daniels

5. One book that made you cry. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—when several characters died, but then when Harry resigned himself to the fact that he had to die and bravely walked out to face it. I bawled when I read that book!

6. One book you wish you’d written. Pride & Prejudice

7. One book you wish had never been written. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson—well, I don’t know that I wish it had never been written. I just wish I hadn’t been forced to read it my first semester of college.

8. Two books you are currently reading. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I bought it last year, have read the first forty or fifty pages, but just keep putting it down and forgetting to get back to it.

I’m not tagging anyone, but if you want to use this on your blog, feel free . . . and be sure to post a comment if you put it up! 

  1. Wednesday, January 16, 2008 6:18 pm

    I concur on one of the books that made you laugh. Honey Do, Inc. had me rolling. Georgiana is a gifted comedy writer.


  2. Thursday, January 17, 2008 8:47 am

    Awww, you two are SO sweet! That makes my day 🙂

    PS. Now I know I need to read P&P!


  3. Becky permalink
    Thursday, January 17, 2008 9:28 am

    Hey! I read several of those Sunfire books too. I remember VICTORIA and Willo Davis Roberts. Good story and good series that helped seal my love for historical fiction.


  4. Thursday, January 17, 2008 6:50 pm

    So you *didn’t* re-read Farmer boy?

    That’s the only one I remember liking, though Little House in the Big Woods was okay. FB was the only one I read more than once.

    Maybe those were the only ones I read all through?

    My sis always wanted to watch the T.V. show when I wanted to watch “Nature” (they were always on at the same time) and I thought the books and show both were boring and weird.


  5. Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:31 am

    I’ll never forget “Jessica”, one of the Sunfire books. Think I’ll snag this meme for my blog as well. A fun list. I’ll link back to you, Kaye.


  6. Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:38 am

    PS: but what’s up with question #4? This is a ONE book meme, isn’t it? 🙂


  7. Tuesday, January 22, 2008 12:11 pm

    (and #8, too–but I just posts ’em as I sees ’em!).

    Yes, Jessica is also near the top of my list of favorite Sunfires . . . though on re-readings of it, I kind of skipped parts in the middle—the whole failed romance with the Indian, because even as a teenager, I felt like that storyline felt forced.

    I really need to go back and re-read all of them and see if I could ever try my hand at YA romances, since the YA market is blowing wide-open . . . and because I want good stuff for my niece to read, and I don’t like much of what’s out on the market these days!


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