Wednesday, September 06, 2006

All About Books

I was tagged last week by bek and I am just now getting to it (bad bad blogger). Books, books, books! I love books just as much as I like shoes. I love the smell of them (books, not shoes:) I love them old, I love them new, now I sound like Dr. Suess.

All time favorite book~ This would have to be "Whitney My Love" by Judith McNaught. It is just light reading and for some reason really made an impact on valuing relationships. Every once in a while, we go through the 'relationship slump' this booked pulled me out of it.
The Book I wish had never been written~ That would have to be, "The Spiritual Man" by Watchman Nee. This was required reading for a college class I took on religion and this man came from Saturn and writes in Saturnese. Forcing me to read this book would be a death sentence.
A book that you loved while in school~ That was "Stuart Little" but I highly recommend this book for reading with children by Mary Ann Hoberman. It is funny, delightful, and a must have for all parents and grandparents alike. "You Read to Me, I'll Read to You" is interactive, dramatic and brings out all of those playful voices in you, you never knew existed.
The book that made you laugh~ This book made me laugh, cry and buy all the sequels. "Voyager" by Diana Gabaldon is a time travelers book. Just wonderful and all kinds of surprises along the way.
The book that made me cry~ Hands down was "The Time Traveler's Wife." I don't think I could get through it a second time.
The book I've been meaning to read~ was "the five people you meet in heaven." However, not only have I read this one, but I also saw the movie....silly me :) Very very good....both!
The book I read more than once~ Would be "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck. As a matter of fact, I'm quite ready to read it winter choice.
The book I am currently reading~ "Dreams and their Meanings" by Richard Craze. My brain has been very active lately and I have never taken any dream I may have lightly. This book has been very helpful in figuring myself out.......a challenge, indeed!
The book that has changed my life~ This one I thought long and hard about...many books have changed my life, but no book like the bible has truly challenged me to change my life like this one. I am a spiritual person and believe in God. However, the bible was written by man and inspired by God. I take what I read with a grain of salt and a prayer for enlightenment. Upon doing this, I began to understand it better, as opposed to just taking it word for word as truth. Realizing that the bible was 'man written' and had also gone through many religious upheavals and changes, was an eye opener for me and it released me to objectively read the bible. It was not to be 'worshiped' I believe it was written to cause us to ask questions and then seek out their answers.

A word about books in general....devour them! As Susannah is experiencing, many author's heart and soul get poured into their writings. We should respect that and treat each book as if it will be the very last one we will ever read. I'm not going to tag anyone. But if you want to share a fantastic book you've read in my comment my guest :)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooo...i love to smell books too (books and handbags, some people think i'm strange. and i can't read a borrowed book because if i end up loving it, i have to own it! timetravelers wife is one of my all time favorites too. and i love, loved the giants house - a must read!

12:59 PM  
Blogger bb said...

Now what book would I want to share with you Darlene?

Mmmmm *ponders*

Well that would be my book of poems of course! One day, let's hope sooner rather than later. I'll write you out a handwritten copy :-)

Now there's a promise!!!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

i love seeing books spilling all over your home. it is a feast for the brain.

Time Traveler's Wife had me in constant tears as well.

i always love your book suggestions.

loving you sis.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

Thanks for sharing all of your books! I think I may have to dig into a couple that you mentioned I haven't read before.

Hope you are feeling good!!

Much love to you!

9:54 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

love east of eden!!! for my son's 1st birthday i bought him a pocket knife with the word timshel engraved on the handle. it's in a box to be saved until he's older and i've written a letter to him explaining the meaning of the word and the significance of choice. glorious book!

2:07 PM  

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