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Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by Maizara, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. Raina101

    Raina101 New Member

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    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

    2) One book you would want on a desert island: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    3) One book that made you laugh: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

    4) One book that made you cry: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

    5) One book that made you wish you had written: The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale

    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written: None that I can think of.

    7) One book you are currently reading: The Unquiet by John Connolly

    8) One book you have been meaning to read: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    9) One book that changed your life: Cabal by Clive Barker.....maybe an odd choice, but I read it young, and it was the first book I read and actually thought.....THIS is what I want to do.
     
  2. Oklahoma

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    The Lost Years
    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once: The Talisman


    2) One book you would want on a desert island: I, Claudius


    3) One book that made you laugh: The Naked Civil Servant


    4) One book that made you cry: ????


    5) One book that made you wish you had written: Demian


    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written: The Wind Done Gone


    7) One book you are currently reading: I was Amelia Earhart


    8) One book you have been meaning to read: Of Human Bondage

    9) One book that changed your life: All of them.
     
  3. Dharma

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    Currently Reading:
    "The thorn Birds" - Colleen McCullough
    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once:
    "The portrait of Dorian Gray" - Oscar Wilde

    2) One book you would want on a desert island:
    An Encyclopedia (and a notebook)

    3) One book that made you laugh:
    "Catch-22" - Joseph Heller (I'm reading it right now)

    4) One book that made you cry:
    "Blindness" - José Saramago

    5) One book that made you wish you had written:
    "Animal Farm" - George Orwell

    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written:
    "Sons and Lovers" - D. H. Lawrence

    7) One book you are currently reading:
    "Catch-22" - Joseph Heller

    8) One book you have been meaning to read:
    "Paradise Lost" - John Milton

    9) One book that changed your life:
    "Brave New World" - Aldous Huxley

    Dharma
     
  4. oldgreenmeat

    oldgreenmeat New Member

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    1) One book that made you read it more than once: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, just because it was that touching.


    2) One book you would want on a desert island: The Bible, just because I have never read it and I kinda want to. (not religious, so I'm not sure how I would take it.)


    3) One book that made you laugh: Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs, if you haven't read it, you need to.


    4) One book that made you cry: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the ending was such a shocker there was a small tear.


    5) One book that made you wish you had written: The Catcher in the Rye, just because that books has opened my eyes and really made me think a lot.


    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, I had to read it for English and I hated it SO much.


    7) One book you are currently reading: The Headmaster Ritual by Taylor Atrim.


    8) One book you have been meaning to read: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, everyone I know that has read it said it was good, but it could just be over-rated.


    9) One book that changed your life: The Alchemist, made me think that there is a difference between fate and destiny.
     
  5. Neko

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    I might be a bit too young for this but I can always fill it again ^^

    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once:
    The Curious Incident With The Dog In The Night-time by Mark Haddon

    2) One book you would want on a desert island:
    The Collected Poems by W.B. Yeats (I don't know if this counts but I just can't live without this book)

    3) One book that made you laugh:
    Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

    4) One book that made you cry:
    Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (sounds silly but I really loved Sirius)

    5) One book that made you wish you had written:
    Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman (again, don't know if this counts as a real book but I loved it anyway and wish I could write something as inspiring as this one was for me)

    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written:
    The Merciful Women by Federico Andahazi (this one shows that no matter how I adore books, there are some that I should leave unread)

    7) One book you are currently reading:
    I am a Cat by Natsume Souseki

    8) One book you have been meaning to read:
    Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec

    9) One book that changed your life:
    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (possibly the very first 'real' book I ever read and this is the one that got me into reading though I can't even remember if it was any good, which gets me to the conclusion that I should really read it again, after all, I think it deserves it)
     
  6. Libra6Poe

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    Maizara, where are you? Why don't you answer your own post! :p
     
  7. Mary Mary

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    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once: A lot! Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner


    2) One book you would want on a desert island: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (I would actually have a list)


    3) One book that made you laugh: The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams


    4) One book that made you cry: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, Probably a couple by Margaret Atwood


    5) One book that made you wish you had written: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood


    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written: The Hitcherhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Whoever That Guy Is. Massively boring


    7) One book you are currently reading: King Rat by James Clavell


    8) One book you have been meaning to read: Too many, but right this second: Bleak House by ole' Charlie Dickens


    9) One book that changed your life: Umm. Not sure. Maybe All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
     
  8. Illuminati

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    Angels&Demons- Dan Brown
    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once: The Dark Tower 7 by Stephen King


    2) One book you would want on a desert island: Alot


    3) One book that made you laugh: Angels&Demons by Dan Brown


    4) One book that made you cry: all its because my eyes start to water after a while


    5) One book that made you wish you had written: Dark Tower


    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written: ANimal Farm, Kill A Mockingbird


    7) One book you are currently reading: Angels&Demons


    8) One book you have been meaning to read: The Stand


    9) One book that changed your life: The Great Illuminati War by moi
     
  9. Illuminati

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    Opps forgot one

    9) One book that changed your life: The Great Illuminati War by moi, Secret Socities and their power in the 20th century
     
  10. Jimmylegs

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  11. tzina

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    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once: Laughter in the dark - Vladimir Nabokov


    2) One book you would want on a desert island: Don Quixote


    3) One book that made you laugh: Master & Margarita - Bulgagov


    4) One book that made you cry: In Cold Blood - T.Capote


    5) One book that made you wish you had written: anything by Highsmith or Capote


    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written:
    Brave New World - Huxley



    7) One book you are currently reading: Catch 22 and Candide - Voltaire


    8) One book you have been meaning to read: The Tower - Kafka


    9) One book that changed your life: Enduring Love - IanMcEwan
     
  12. joderu95

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    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once: Tarzan of the Apes or at least I will read it again eventually.

    2) One book you would want on a desert island: Building the Six-Hour Canoe - Richard Butz

    3) One book that made you laugh: White Noise - Don DeLillo

    4) One book that made you cry: Nothing. I guess I'm a cold S.O.B.

    5) One book that made you wish you had written: Harry Potter

    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

    7) One book you are currently reading: See user profile.

    8) One book you have been meaning to read: The Looming Tower - Lawrence Wright

    9) One book that changed your life: The Odyssey - Homer
     
  13. Cooroo

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    Currently Reading:
    Arabia by Jonathan Raban
    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once:
    Lots, so let's pick Perfume by Patrick Susskind

    2) One book you would want on a desert island:
    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - because it's long and packed with wonderful thoughts. I'll have it in French if I'm allowed a dictionary too!

    3) One book that made you laugh:
    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller I remember laughing out loud on the train

    4) One book that made you cry:
    Lots. As a child it was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. As an adult I'll go for Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks - specifically the part about the Jewish children and the suitcases. Oh, yes, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - I got really choked reading it aloud to my daughter.

    5) One book that made you wish you had written:
    Emma by Jane Austen


    6) One book that made you wish had never been written:
    Forty Something by Nigel Williams.


    7) One book you are currently reading:
    The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell


    8) One book you have been meaning to read:
    The Book Thief by I forget who!


    9) One book that changed your life:
    It's a cliché but The Women's Room by Marilyn French opened my eyes to a lot.
     
  14. Robert

    Robert Active Member

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    The Odyssey by Homer
    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once:


    Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy

    2) One book you would want on a desert island:


    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Better if I could take the Hobbit along, too.

    3) One book that made you laugh:


    Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man by Tim Allen

    4) One book that made you cry:


    N/A

    5) One book that made you wish you had written:


    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written:

    The Ruins by Scott Smith


    7) One book you are currently reading:

    Stone Cold by David Baldacci


    8) One book you have been meaning to read:


    Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

    9) One book that changed your life:


    N/A
     
  15. saliotthomas

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    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once:


    Embers by Sandor Marai

    2) One book you would want on a desert island:


    survival stuff,or edibale plants.Whatever

    3) One book that made you laugh:


    the Lamb by Chritopher Moore

    4) One book that made you cry:


    A fairytale when i was small

    5) One book that made you wish you had written:


    Da vinci code (it's a old one gone stale,i know)

    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written:

    Mein kampf by Adolf Hitler

    7) One book you are currently reading:

    Mischa Berlinski - Fieldwork

    8) One book you have been meaning to read:


    the Bible

    9) One book that changed your life:

    The devils by Dostoievsky
     
  16. Wells83

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    Currently Reading:
    Plague of Doves, Louise Erdrich
    Fun survey!

    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once: Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi. I've read it at least ten times. Fascinating.


    2) One book you would want on a desert island: Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell. So long and probably my all-time favorite book. I think it's one of those books I could read over and over again.


    3) One book that made you laugh: Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea, Chelsea Handler. I'm a big fan of her show on E and I just read this book last week. Hilarious!


    4) One book that made you cry: Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy. Regardless of what Tess does, she can't catch a break. Truly a tragic figure.


    5) One book that made you wish you had written: In Cold Blood, Truman Capote. Not only is it revolutionary, but a compelling read as well. I can only imagine how fascinating the research would have been!


    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written: Falling Man, Don DeLillo. A truly awful read which did no justice to 9/11 or DeLillo.

    7) One book you are currently reading: Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky. Heartbreaking and completely realistic to the core.


    8) One book you have been meaning to read: The next in my pile is Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan, but there are many!


    9) One book that changed your life: Again, Gone with the Wind. It has stayed with me and the characters touched me in away that was completely new to me.
     
  17. Wells83

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    I second that notion!
     
  18. Sleepy

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    That changes every other day
    1) One Book that made you read it More Than Once: Susan Howatch - Wheel of Fortune, read it around 10 times.
    2) One book you would want on a desert island: Susan Howatch - Wheel of Fortune
    3) One book that made you laugh: Stephen King - Dreamcatcher
    4) One book that made you cry: Susan Howatch - Wheel of Fortune
    5) One book that made you wish you had written: The Oxford History of Greece & the Hellenistic World
    6) One book that made you you wish had never been written: Jack Ketchum - The Girl Next Door
    7) One book you are currently reading: Terri Persons - Blind Spot
    8) One book you have been meaning to read: One of 800, hard to tell which one
    9) One book that changed your life: Probably the one that bought me to reading something else than Enid Blyton & Co., Stephen King's - It. Afterwards I never read a book for children again.
     
  19. SFG75

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    Currently Reading:
    The Road to Character; David Brooks
    Animal Farm by Geore Orwell. I read it a dozen times when I was a kid.


    Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Fredriech Nietzsche


    The Company by Max Barry. It was a kill, really.



    The marraige of sense and soul by Ken Wilber.


    Ravelstein by Saul Bellow. It's a putrid and horrifying book that is a disgrace to every piece of paper that bears the awful words put on there by that bad writer. I still cringe when I see copies of the book at the used bookstore. Then again, there is a reason why it's there.


    In between books now.


    The Brothers Karamazov
     
  20. steffee

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    I'm a fan of surveys, it's been interesting to read the responses to this that have reasons, in particular.

    Wow, some people have even listed the same book for several of their choices, they must be good!

    Sophie's World, by Jostein Gaarder. At first, because I just couldn't follow it. I read it all, and everything, but one minute I was following the train, and the next I'd fallen off, but couldn't pinpoint exactly where, or how. After a couple of rereads I did get it, but the sheer wealth of philosophy in that book made me reread a few more times.

    Cervantes entire collection, if it should exist. And in Spanish, too.

    Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson. I think this is his best and funniest book. His newer travelogues (or autobiography, language studies) are in a different style, more verbose and flowery, or something... which is fine, but I prefer his older writing.

    I can't ever remember crying over a book. I can imagine if I ever have, it would have been something by Enid Blyton, perhaps.

    Many.

    Imagination wise: Natsuo Kirino's Out.
    Writing wise: Jill Dawson's Watch Me Disappear.
    Sheer brilliance: Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.
    Well, it doesn't really matter to me whether something that has been written wasn't, unless there's currently a book about realistically wiping out the human race. If I had to choose, I'd say The Lord of the Rings.

    Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White.

    Er... quite a few hundred.


    Every book changes my life, I'm really quite fickle.
     

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