Sunday, 13 August 2006

Books, Books, Books ...

Apologies to Clare, after promising, I forgot to do the list of favourite books. But better late than never - here it is.

1.One book that changed your life? Dylan Thomas' poetry.
2.One book you've read more than once? 'Anne of Green Gables'
3.One book you'd want on a desert island?'Robinson Crusoe'
4.One book that made you laugh? Anything by James Thurber
5.One book that made you cry? It's been so long ... 'Black Beauty'
6.One book that you wish you had written? 'Anne of Green Gables'
7.One book you wish had never been written?'Pamela' by Samuel Richardson.
8.One book you are currently reading? 'A Fighting Withdrawal' by Keith Ovenden (a biography of the writer Dan Davin)
9.One book you have been meaning to read?'Red Tent' by Anita Diamant
10.Five people I am tagging: 64 Baker Street, Becky, Barbara, Belle & Wandering Woman.

25 comments:

clare said...

Thank you CB.

That's strange - that's the second time I've read about the book Pamela on someone's blog today.

Now I want to know how Dylan Thomas changed your life. Is that when you started to write poetry?

Cailleach said...

I'm laughing at your dislike of Pamela: on the 19th c novel course I'm just coming to the end of, it's quoted as being one of the books that Jane Austen was ribbing in Northanger Abbey.
Thanks for tagging me - I'm done already, but it did take me a while!

apprentice said...

Good list. I can never remember names of things so mine would be a rambling description of the books.

ecm said...

I'm loving all the Anne of Green Gables! I've re-read the whole series again and again.

chiefbiscuit said...

clare - Dylan Thomas introduced a whole new dimension of poetry to me - before that I was basically thinking poetry was da-da-di-da rhyming - not that there's anything wrong with that ... I loved his use of language - the richness ... the moods that words could convey.

cailleach - Have popped over to read your list - quite fascinating. I found "Pamela' an extremely annoying book. I only got halfway through it and couldn't stand it any longer.

apprentice - Rambling descriptions of books make for good reading usually - maybe you should still do it!

ecm - Oh yes - it's just the best book - and all the others in the series are good too - I must re-read some of them as well - it's been years. I collected a lot of them when I was a child and still have them.

Belle said...

Hello Chief B,

I love books, and have a huge collection.

I can see that you love books also. For me...Finding time to read...must spend less time online.

Later.

wendylou who? said...

I'll have to do this list next... Isn't Anne of Green Gables wonderful... I read them to the dots(daughters..hehe) a while ago...i finished the other list I swiped from you..and now I'm off to bed.

Patry Francis said...

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorites, too. Great list.

chiefbiscuit said...

belle- Yep I know ... more time would be the answer ... or would it?

wendylou - Just off to read your list!

patry francis - Thanks. A of G can't be beat - that's why I wish I'd written it (heh heh!)

Becky said...

I too love A of GG and even loved the PBS series.

Hey, this is a good one. I was once reading PAMELA and also a book by Erica Jong, I forget which one. In the Jong book SHE GIVES THE ENDING of PAMELA. Can you believe that?

Talk about a spoiler and a coincidence at the same time...

b

January said...

Good meme. I may have to borrow it and put my spin on it.

You have a list of great books. It's fun to go back and remember old favorites.

kj said...

hmmm, a love of the ocean and books, grandmotherhood, AND anne of green gables: you are a kindred soul!

thanks for your kind words on my blog

Jules said...

Read the Red Tent...it was a life-changing book for me (perhaps all good books are when you think about it.)

chiefbiscuit said...

becky - Now that is a real coinkydink! I never got to the end of Pamela - I think I'd prefer the Jong version (compared to the long version - heh heh.

january - Love to read your version.

kj - Wow that is a lot of similarities - Are you a Diana or an Anne?

jules - Now that's a good recommendation! Next time I'm in the library I will make a beeline for the 'D's! :)

Cynthia E. Bagley said...

Nice list... I have read most of those books except for #7. :-)

pepektheassassin said...

Chief! Drop by and see my new grandson! '(Who has time to read?)--I am so excited!

pepektheassassin said...

PS Anita Diamant used to be my agent...long time ago....

Pam in Tucson said...

What a fascinating list. Lists like this shed such light on people. I'll have to read Anne of Green Gables, since everyone seems to rave about it; I may have read it as a child, but I don't remember it making much of an impression. Maybe I read it too early. Dylan Thomas - definitely a life-changing poet; I'm glad you listed him. I love listening to him read. My life-changing book was Kerouac's On the Road for reasons too complex to list here. Pamela - that one made me laugh; since I have the same name, I've tried to read it - no go. The Red Tent is a fine read - I recommend it, too.

kj said...

i reluctantly admit i can't remember anne or diana. what i do remember was how much i loved reading this as a young child. just after i read 'nobody's boy" and then "nobody's girl" and books and libraries came to life for me. now that you've jelled my memory a molecule's worth, i may just reread to see if the childhood magic still lives.

hope you have a fine week.

kj

Bug said...

I love these questions! I just answered them and gave you a "shout out" on my blog. Thanks!

chiefbiscuit said...

cyn - Don't read 7!!!

pepek - Am about to go visit - how exciting for you!

pam - That's funny! Sorry Pamela doesn't do you credit! Still, there's always the song .. Pamela, Pamela

kj - It might actually be Diane - but anyway yes do go back and read - I find it still captivates.

bug - Thanks bug! I like your list - mostly because I haven't heard of most of them, so I can add them to my reading list.

mcdinzie said...

You forgot to mention the short story you like to read (I assume you read it as well as write it :-) that you recently won in a competition!!! A certain Dan Davin award???? Excuse me where is your blog about winning!!!!! huh huh huh.....

chiefbiscuit said...

mcdinzie - Me too 'umble!! 'Umble 'Umble me - sickeningly humble, call me Uriah Heep ...I know. I do my bragging on my website - go there to the Updates.

a wandering woman writes said...

Okay ... finally, I had a clear head and picked up your tag. :)

Thanks, it was interesting to think about all I had read.

chiefbiscuit said...

ww - Will read it - will be interesting and enlightening I'm sure!

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