The Strangest Game of Tag I Ever Played was TV Tag in the Parking Lot of the Village Inn

I have been tagged by repatrick to answer the following questions. I am going to willfully break the rules, however, and list more than one book in each category. (Partly because I answered these questions before on librarysmiles ' site.

1. One book that changed your life: I think every book I read changes my life in some way. These a a few books have changed the way I think about life:

Kissing Adrian by Siri L. Mitchell (It is not all like the title sounds like. It really did cause me to question my philosophy of life, something I am still mulling over.)

Walden Two by B. F. Skinner. This book shocked me when I first read it. It may have had something to do with my age at the time. (I think I was 11 or 12). I think the most shocking imagery to me at the time was when one of the characters strikes a crucifixion pose. It was all so unlike anything I had ever read before.

The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill. This was the first book my brother Joel gave me for my birthday. I think it was the start to my own original library. Being the youngest of four I had hand-me-down books and shared family books. More than an omen of filled bookshelves to come, it was a facinating book to me at the time that intrigued my imagination and set me to day dreaming about maps and pushpins and peas.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:

Pride and Prejudice (because of Mr. Darcy of course)

Around the World in 80 Days (*nod* Phileas Fogg)

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze (my first introduction to China)

Child of the Dark (the diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus). One woman and her life in the favela near Sao Paulo, Brazil. I picked it up in the bookstore while waiting for my dad. I couldn't put it down and ended up buying it.

Gone With the Wind (I got very upset at Scarlet, but not upset enough to not read it again).

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:

Coconut farming for Dummies by Ima Winner

Sand Castles for Dummies by Justin Case

This question reminds me of the Programer's Paradise computer magazine covers. The happy computer man on the desert island with his laptop.

4. One book that made you laugh:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (and the rest of the increasingly missnamed Trilogy).

I Fish; Therefore, I Am (And Other Observations) by Patrick F. McManus. I was first clued to the humor of McManus by Quartho 's raptures regarding this author. I found the book on the bargain table at Barnes and Noble and have found my investment well returned.

The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze by James Thurber. Thurber is my hero. The day I discovered Thurber, I discovered true wit.

5. One book that made you cry:

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

Actually, I'm hard pressed to think of another book. I don't often read books that make me cry.

6. One book that you wish had been written:

My novel, then I could be sitting here editing it instead of dreaming of writing one someday.

A bunch of sequels to stories I wish hadn't ended.

7. One book that you wish had not read:

Shubumi by Trevanian

8. One book you’re currently reading:

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Sophie's World (I have read most of it by stopped near the last chapter about three months ago---I may force myself to read it one of these days just to say I finished it.)

The Brother's Karamazov (I got stuck in this book somewhat near the begining)

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (aka Karen Blixen) My boss is from South Africa and she said once that this author really knew how to describe Africa.

Conversations about the End of Time by Umberto Eco

10. One book you were reminded of while reading the other nine questions:

The Wonderous O by James Thurber. I think it was the subject of one of my first book reports. I really love his style of writing. It has so much hidden humor.

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin. This was a very striking book. A white reporter travels the south as a black man. Not only does it explore race relations, but brought to life the time before I was born, the 1960s.

The Mysteries of Udolpho

I came across this webpage while surfing the other day:

It said:

"The End of the Internet
Congratulations! This is the last page.
Thank you for visiting the End of the Internet. There are no more links.

You must now turn off your computer and go do something productive.

Go read a book, for pete's sake."

My first thought after reading it was, "is reading a book all that much better than surfing the internet?"

About the age of fifteen I started reading romance novels. The kind that go into exquisite detail about his "manhood" and her "lily white breasts". I was curious about sex and chose them as my textbook. There was a girl at church I knew who read them. Part of me wanted to different than who I was, and that meant being like her.

My consicounce got the better of me and I replace this fodder with religious romance novels. These were historical novels with bible verses and kissing but no detailed sex scenes.

Next I got hooked on Star Trek novels. For months all I read were Star Trek novels. Eventually I started feeling like they were empty. So I looked around the house. I noticed my brother had brought home "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, from one of his college classes. I had previosuly been thrown off from "classics" by a previous attempt at reading "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens. I picked "Pride and Prejudice" up and couldn't set it down until about 3 o'clock in the morning when I had finished the book. This led me on a trip to the library where I soon devoured Emma, Sense and Sensibilty, and Northanger Abby. My foray into the classics had begun.

Now years afterward, and several literature classes later, I am wondering if reading these classics is productive? I have long sense realized that I read to escape from bordem or what ever present reality I am in. It isn't often that I read to gain an insight or for some other edifiying enterprize.

Is reading anything better than reading nothing?

Excerpt from Chiam Potok’s “The Chosen”

"You want to know how I feel about my father? I admire him. I don't know what he is trying to do to me with this weird silence that he's established between us, but admire him. I think he's great man. I respect him and trust him completely, which is why I think I can live with his silence. I don't know why I trust him, but I do. And I pity him, too. Intellectualy, he's trapped. He was born trapped. I don't ever want to be trapped the way he's trapped. I want to be able to breathe, to think what I want to think, to say the things I want to say. I'm trapped now, too. Do you know what it's like to be trapped?"

I shook my head head slowly.

"How could you possibly know?" Danny said. "It's the most hellish, choking, constricting feeling in the world. I scream with every bone in my body to get out of it. My mind cries to get out of it. But I can't. Not now. One day I will, though. I'll want you around on that day, friend. I'll need you around on that day."