I don't know where this originated, but I really really really wanted to do it. I know I won't be able to answer in one book answers, but I don't care. I just love talking about books. I also know this is kind of an old meme and I don't really have anyone to tag, but I wanted to do it anyway.
1. One book that changed your life:
First books that changed my life: "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" which was the first book I ever read by myself. Dr. Seuss wasn't whistling Dixie.
"Helen Keller's Teacher" - the story of Anne Sullivan. My sister read this book to me when we were living in the Ameila Earhart Hotel in Wiesbaden, German when I was 6 years old and had just been transported to a foreign world full of sights and smells and sounds I was unfamiliar with. Away from family and friends, it bonded us as sisters and served as the foundation of a life-long love affair with books.
"Roots" by Alex Hailey - stunning. Amazing. Heartbreaking and triumphant all at the same time.
"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee- released me from my almost-paralyzing fear of "classics", having been burned by "The Scarlet Letter", "East of Eden" and "Catcher in the Rye" - not at all my style and off-putting to a budding literati.
"A Woman's Worth" by Marianne Williamson - led me to her lectures which got me through the hardest years of my life.
"And the Band Played On" by Randy Shilts - opened my eyes to the bureaucracy and the prejudice that existed and still exists surrounding AIDS and the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual and Transgendered communities. As a guest in that world, it wasn't always so clear to me. And I was young.
"Letters from the Quilt" - a compilation of letters people had written to accompany their entry into the Names Project Quilt. I realized I was not alone in my grief.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
All the Harry Potter books 1-5. Books 6 and 7 are still waiting for their second read throughs.
"Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" by Fannie Flagg
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
One book? How impossible is that? I would bring the Harry Potter series...should keep me entertained for a while. And "Roots"...and maybe "Les Miserables" and "Wicked" (all 3 books).
4. One book that made you laugh:
Barrel Fever by David Sedaris (especially "Santaland Diaries")
5. One book that made you cry:
"Letters from the Quilt" - a collection of the letters people send in when they submit a quilt for a loved one to The Names Project.
6. One book that you wish had been written:
The story of Roby's life from his perspective
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Anything by Ann Coulter
8. One book you’re currently reading:
"The Wednesday Letters", "Twilight", "Discipline without Punishment", "It's Not About the Coffee", "The Book Thief"
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
"The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank's Diary"
"Wicked", "Son of A Witch"