I have been tagged! This time it's an easy one. Grab the book that is nearest to you (no cheating), turn to page 161, post the text of the fifth full sentence on the page, post the rules and tag three people. I'm not very good at picking people to tag, and so if you are interested (and this is an easy one, so don't be shy!), please do participate.
Hmmm. Let's see . . . An address book doesn't count, does it? Okay, let's try this one:
Coffee? he asked.
- The Inhabited World by David Long
Here is another fun one that several of you have already taken part in. Lisa Jean's responses at Practicing Stillness finally convinced me to give it a try.
A book that made you cry: A better question would be which books do not make me cry. I am really not an overly emotional person, but books, movies, TV, songs and the occasional commercial can bring tears to my eyes. A book doesn't have to be sad to cause my eyes to tear up either. Happy endings will do the trick too. The last book that made me cry was Atonement by Ian McEwan (which was the last book I completed).
A book that scared you: Darkfall by Dean Koontz
A book that made you laugh: I can always count of the latest Stephanie Plum book by Janet Evanovich to make me laugh.
A book that disgusted you: Although I ended up liking the book in the end, I had a love-hate realtionship with the book, Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson. One scene in particular almost had me throwing the book at the wall. This book is the one in which I discovered I do not have to like a main character to enjoy the book.
A book you loved in elementary school: It's a toss between Harry Cat's Pet Puppy by George Selden and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.
A book you loved in junior high: Another tie! The Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green and Farwell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston were two of my favorites.
A book you loved in high school: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I loved most of the assigned reading in school and those books turned out to be the most memorable for me. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was another. The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter was a favorite of mine during my early high school years, one of which I re-read, something I rarely do.
A book you hated in high school: I know this won't be a popular answer, but I was really turned off by Shakespeare during high school and have never developed a taste for his work.
A book you loved in college: Crime and Punishment by Fyoder M. Dostoevsky (and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which was a re-read for me in college).
A book that challenged your identity: I have not yet read a book that has challenged my identity. I have read many books that have given me pause for thought and made me re-evaluate my way of thinking, but nothing that outright made me question who I was. A book that shaped my career choice was One Child by Torey Hayden, but it was more like a reinforcement of a direction I was already headed than a challenge against what I believed or wanted to be.
A series that you love: I am a series fanatic. I am in the middle of so many and there are many more that I have yet to start to I want to try. At the moment, my favorite would have to be The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher although Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhoune series comes in at a close second. Oh! And I can't leave out J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
Comfort books: Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire books are great comfort reads. The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith is another.
Your favorite horror book: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
Your favorite science fiction book: Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein (Heinlein is one of my husband's favorite authors and it was through him I spread my wings and began reading science fiction).
Your favorite fantasy book: Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Your favorite mystery book: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie comes to mind immediately, but I am a huge mystery fan and have to say that Michael Connelly, Sue Grafton, J.A. Jance, P.D. James, and Anne Perry are among my all-time favorite mystery writers.
Your favorite graphic novel: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis. And no, not the Sidney Bristow Alias. This graphic novel is about a fallen superhero who is working as a private eye.
Your favorite biography: This is a tough one for me because I do not read biographies very often. The occasional memior, yes, but I don't consider those biographies. The last biography I read was for a school paper many years ago and was about Nancy Reagan. I couldn't for the life of me tell you who wrote it or what it was called.
Your favorite “coming-of-age” book: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Your favorite classic: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Your favorite romance book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Favorite kids’ books: The Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish
Favorite cookbook: Do take out menus count? My favorite cookbook is whichever one my husband might be using at the time.
Your favorite books not on this list: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova