One book that changed your life? The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers. I got this book during a time in my career when I was in a place that was not the best fit for me or the organization. When I turned to my birthday and started reading the description, I burst into tears, cried for a bit, and went home to update my resume and start looking for jobs.
One book you have read more than once? Watership Down by Richard Adams. It’s an epic story of life, friendships, tyranny, hope, and rabbits. What’s not to like about it?
One book you would want on a desert island? One book? Or one series? The series would be The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, which the friend who introduced me to the series referred to as, “the series that almost made me fail out of grad school.” I used to stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning reading them. I’ve read most of them twice, and can’t wait until Jordan finishes the series. He’s been going through some really awful health stuff this past year, but things are looking a little up for him. I’m hopeful that he’ll finish the series. Now if you truly mean one single book, I would possibly bring Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Yes, it’s one of those books that has always annoyed me for some reason, but I imagine that if I were forced to do a close reading or re-reading of it, I could find all those amazing things in it that other people see.
One book that made you laugh? Pretty much anything that Terry Pratchett has written, but since I have to choose one, I’ll say The Hogfather. In this book, someone has kidnapped the Hogfather (a spoof of Santa Claus), so Death decides to fill in during the crisis. Laugh out loud hilarious.
One book that made you cry? Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg. Amazing, stunning, touching, thoughtful, beautiful, lyrical, difficult. Read it.
One book you wish had never been written? The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. Many reasons why, one being that one of my former places of work was his former place of work, and the special collections department spent way too much money collecting every edition (in every language) of that damn book. And I’ll never get those 90 minutes of my life that I spent reading the book back.
One book you are currently reading? Blithe Tomato by Mike Madison. He’s a farmer in California and writes delightful, poignant vignettes about farming, farmers, and farmer’s markets.
One book you have been meaning to read? Affinity by Sarah Waters. I enjoyed her first book, Tipping the Velvet, so purchased this newer book during one of my adventures at the New England Mobile Book Fair. It’s been sitting on my bedside stand for several weeks now.
Now tag five people:You, you, you, you, and YOU! (Okay, really: Jessica the coollibrarian, Stella, Libby [email is cool], Amy [ditto], and Tammy[ditto]).