Ah, Monday. A day of new beginnings, fresh starts, and…memes. Thanks to literaticat for the inspiration, which saves you from an entire entry devoted to my astonishment that a show like Pants-Off Dance-Off can even EXIST in this world.

(I mean, how is this even possible? We were flipping around last night and came across it, and honestly, on first glance, I thought it was a joke. Maybe it is a joke. Honestly, I don’t even know what it is, other than disturbing. I mean—)

Oops. I wasn’t going to go there. Onto the meme!

1. One book that changed your life. Okay, this one’s kind of tough, as I am easily influenced, especially by what I read. But I’ll go with Fannie Flagg’s Coming Attractions, which now is called Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, if only because it’s the first book I remember reading and thinking, I want to do this. I want to be a writer. I think I was about twelve or thirteen. And I still have that paperback, on my shelf.

2. One book you’ve read more than once. A Prayer For Owen Meany. And I will most likely read it again, more than once, because it is just that good. Each time I read it, I discover something else incredible about it. And considering how many books you read that have nothing incredible about them, not even close, that’s pretty extraordinary. Plus, it brings me to tears at the end, every time.

3. One book you would want on a desert island. Just ONE? Talk about excruciating. Considering I’d have no idea how long I’d be there, I guess I’d have to go with something that I could count on to keep me occupied for a long time. Maybe that would be the time to attempt Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace? Because at 1088 pages, I’m betting I won’t get to it otherwise.

4. One book that made you laugh. There have been a LOT of them, but one in particular that comes to mind is A Short History of a Small Place, by T.R. Pearson. Pearson can be hard to read, as he rambles on quite a bit, but his humor, especially in this book, is worth it the trip. Also, I’d have to say Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon, which, in parts, made me laugh and cringe at the same time. Good stuff.

5. One book that made you cry. See Owen Meany, above: every single time. More recently, Anne Tyler’s Digging to America, which had me so choked up on the last page I could barely make out the last sentence. Man, she’s good. I don’t often tear up when I’m reading, so when I do, I take note. On the flip side, there are a lot of books that have made me cry, but they tend to be the ones I’m writing—I always have at least one stress related sobfest per first draft—which is another thing entirely, I think.

6. One book you wish had been written. ?????? I have no idea what this means. Maybe Why I Love Sarah Dessen as Much As She Loves Me by Luke Perry? A girl can dream….

7. One book you wish had never been written. Oh, man. I’m not even going there. And besides, every book, whether you like it or not, means something to the person who wrote it. If forced to pick one, I’d probably go with one of mine that never saw the light of day—and there are a few, gathering dust in the closet—if only because then I could have that time back, and try to do something else with it. At the same time, though, I believe everything happens for a reason. And you learn from every book, even the ones that don’t work. Sometimes, you even learn more.

8.One book you are currently reading. A galley of What Did I Do Last Night?, a memoir by Tom Sykes I picked up at BEA. Very good so far. Also, Anne Tyler’s Breathing Lessons.

9. One book you have been meaning to read. Oh, man. There are SO many. But I’ll have to go with Love in the time of Cholera, because people always gasp when I say I haven’t read it yet, and then I feel like a total moron.

10. Tag five people. Well, that seems kind of pushy, especially for a Monday. I’m all about free will, here….

have a good day, everyone!
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