It's summer, and readership of the blog is down to 150 or so visitors a day. Thus a first: a response to a meme, at the request of Glaukôpidos. In the Middle readers are invited to note their own responses in the comments section.
1. A book that changed your life.
Look here, I've already answered that. Sigh.
2. A book you've read more than once.
Good Night Moon. It's the only book I have memorized from cover to cover. I also carry in my head a potty mouth version that I made up out of utter but well disguised boredom during the nightly recitation.
3. A book you would want on a desert island.
Raft Building for Dummies
4. A book that made you laugh.
The DaVinci Code. But not in a good way. I still have flashback chuckles whenever I think of wicked albinos.
5. A book that made you cry.
The Lorax, by Dr. Suess. There is so much unspoken tristesse when that little guy hoists himself by his own keister and floats into a cloudhole.
6. A book you wish had been written.
The Archipelago of England (then I wouldn't be working on it right now and for the foreseeable future)
7. A book you wish had never been written.
See number four, above.
8. A book you are currently reading.
See number two, above. Every damn night.
9. A book you've been meaning to read.
Who Moved the Hole in My Swiss Cheese and How am I Supposed to Tell Where It Has Gone: A Deconstructive Reading of Management Practices for New Department Chairs