A Fun Book Meme for the Weekend!

A Fun Book Meme for the Weekend! June 19, 2015

Image, Public Domain
Image, Public Domain

I like this meme, for the weekend, and thought your answers would be fun, too. As Julie says:

include up to 3 answers each if you like. We won’t tell. If you’re religious, consider The Bible or other religious texts a gimme, particularly for question #15.

Something to talk about with others over the summer BBQ, anyway.

1. Most treasured childhood book(s)?
Harriet the Spy
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
A Wrinkle in Time

Treasure Island (I know that’s four but these were the four I read over and over as a kid)

2. Classic(s) you are embarrassed to admit you’ve never read?
A Tale of Two Cities
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

3. Classics you read, but hated?
The Three Musketeers
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Wuthering Heights

Hated them so much I can’t even be bothered to link them!

4. Favorite genre(s)?
Spiritual Classics
Historical fiction

5. Favorite light reading?
Pratchettian and Wodehousian farce and almost anything by Georgette Heyer.

6. Favorite heavy reading?
Flannery O’ Connor
Willa Cather
G.K. Chesterton

7. Last book(s) you finished?
Stumble: Virtue, Vice, and the Space Between by Heather King (Fast and great read!)
Am currently reading The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (JUST started it)

8. Last book(s) you bailed on?
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius It was brilliant, but too much work for me.

9. Three (only three?) books on your nightstand?

Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas by Peter Kreeft
New American Bible in LARGE PRINT
Imitation of Christ by Thomas a’Kempis, and yes, the classic one put out by Confraternity of the Precious Blood, in Brooklyn.

10. 3 Book(s) you’ve read more than once, twice or three times?
In This House of Brede, by Rumer Godden
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett.
I’ll stop there…

11. The book(s) that meant the most to you when you were younger (ie, high school/young adult)?
People I Have Loved, Known or Admired, by Leo Rosten, now sadly out of print; the world should rightly mourn. Rosten taught me how to write. Snatch up a used copy while you can.
The Stand, by Stephen King
The World According to Garp, by John Irving

12. Book(s) that changed the way you looked at life?
The Rule of St. Benedict
Letters from Carmel; Elizabeth of the Trinity (read her and learn about love, love, love)
Christian Prayer; The Liturgy of the Hours (the psalms! The whole human experience is in them!)

13. Book(s) some would be surprised to know you’ve read
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Watchmen: The Graphic Novel

14. Book(s) You Mean to Read this Year
After Virtue;A Study in Moral Theory

15. Desert Island Book
God and the World: A Conversation With Peter Seewald Joseph Ratzinger aka Benedict XVI. Simply great.
Voices of the Saints, by Berg Ghezzi

It’s just a meme, so I’m taking two!

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