Book Burning Alternative

A Castle in Our Living Room

Okay, I would never in a million lifetimes plus one burn a book without a death threat being involved, but sometimes those shelves get a little crowded. I bet your books would rather be part of a castle, too, than part of a dust collection. Dust bunnies aren’t nearly as fun as four-year-olds, and they can’t read either.

And in the spirit of book addiction and castle building, I’m going along with being tagged by a writer who happens to live at intriguing character central. (You should be so lucky.)

1. One book that changed your life.
I don’t know, even though this answer always makes me feel like I wasn’t a clever enough child.

2. One book that you have read more than once.
A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle

3. One book that you would want on a deserted island.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

4. Two books that made you laugh.
God Said, “Ha!” by Julia Sweeney and Surrender the Pink by Carrie Fisher

5. One book that made you cry.
Possession by A.S. Byatt

6. One book you wish you’d written.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

7. One book you wish had never been written.
There might be a few books wish I’d never read, but I don’t begrudge them having been written.

8. Two books that you are currently reading.
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman and American Mania by Peter C. Whybrow, MD

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read.
Middlemarch by George Elliot

10. Who do you tag?
Any booklover reading this. That means you.

7 thoughts on “Book Burning Alternative

  1. What a great photo.

    I haven’t read any book you mentioned except Phantom Tollbooth. I will add them to my really, really long Books I Want to Read list. Except the book that made you cry. I can’t go into a book knowing it will make me cry, though almost every single book eventually makes me cry.

    Now…how’s that last chapter?!

  2. husband

    1- “Good-Bye All That” Robert Graves
    2- “Balkan Ghosts” Robert Kaplan
    3- the three volumes of Simon Schama’s “A History of Britain”
    4- pulling up lame here
    5- Joseph Califino’s biography of LBJ; not as square as it seems — the lost opportunities Vietnam forced onto the Great Society will move many to tears
    6- “A Room With a View”
    7- I actively pursue ignorance of such things
    8- Peter Ackroyd’s “Shakespeare” and “Johnathan Strange and Mr. Morell” and the contents of the two shelves closest to the bed
    9- the contents of the two shelves closest to the bed
    10- I don’t know what that means!

  3. It wrecks my brain to think of a book that changes my life. That’s it. Maybe my life hasn’t changed yet so I don’t really have one!

    Your list opens up a new horizon of reading for me. 🙂

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