Friday, October 06, 2006

Tagged-and an extra validation of my coolness

Annie Dean tagged me to do th book quiz that's going around, and as I am always one to follow up on tags, and as we were just discussing books it is.

#1 - One book that changed your life: Hmmm. This is really hard to answer, because I think every book I've ever read--or at least the vast majority of them--have changed me, even in some tiny way. They broaden our experience and viewpoint. But I think I have to say--and Annie will hate this--the book that changed my life was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. (I had the British version from the beginning, as my hubs's stepsister gave it to me on our honeymoon). Not so much because of the book itself, but because of what it has represented to me ever since--someone who just wanted to write a book, who worked really hard, and who is now arguably the most popular and famous writer on the planet. Whenever I'm feeling down I think of that, and I'm inspired to keep working.

#2 - One book that you've read more than once: Um...all of them? I can't think of more than a handful of my books that I've only read once, but I'll go ahead and list an important one--I've read Gone With the Wind too many times to count.

#3 - One book you'd want on a desert island: I'm going to agree with Annie and go with the SAS Survival Guide: How to Survive Anywhere, on Land or at Sea by John Wiseman. It would be torture not to have anything to read, but I'd rather not die just so I can have The Caine Mutiny.

#4 - One book that made you laugh: Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King. She's another of my absolute favorites.

#5 - One book that made you cry: The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman. I was depressed for weeks afterward. It's an excellent book-the third in a trilogy that starts with Here Be Dragons--but man...history is the saddest thing there is.

#6 - One book that you wish you had written: Oh, man. Almost all of them? I don't really know. I just want to write my own books and have people wishing they'd written them.

#7 - One book that you wish had never been written: Mein Kampf

#8 - One book you're currently reading: Potter again, I'm re-reading the series and am about to finish GOF. But I'm about to start The Devil Wears Prada, because it was on sale for half-price at Ottakar's. I'm also reading a book of love poetry because I have a romantic love interest in my WIP who has informed me he likes to seduce women by quoting love poetry. My heroine has indicated she finds that pretty hot, and as I only know a few snippets of love poetry, I'm researching.

#9 - One book you've been meaning to read: Hmmm again. I have a few history books I'm waiting on until I'm done writing this particular book. I've always wanted to read Jane Eyre. I've also always wanted to read The Once and Future King, and I have the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy to start as well.

#10 - Tag Five People: Uhhh...SW, Robyn, Anna J., Cyn, and Isabella. Meme this. author bio is up on the Ellora's Cave website!
Check it out. I'm all legitimate and cool and stuff now! Wheee!


Bernita said...

Cute bio!

S. W. Vaughn said...

Oh! An official bio! On Ellora's Cave... WOOT! You are cool-ness. :-)

Aw, you tagged me! Sweet! I've never been tagged before. Now I shall have to follow through. Harry Potter, eh? That's a good inspiration. Rowling really is the writer's dream model. Always been happy for her, myself!

Anonymous said...

I couldn’t read yours without putting something here.

#1. The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey

#2. The Catcher in the Rye, unfortunately. I thought I had missed something everyone says it is so great.

#3. A very thick composition book (and a pen).

#4. Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon by Spyder Robinson

#5. Pfft. Men don’t cry. (O.K. The Bridges of Madison County)

#6. My own.

#7. Quran

#8. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

#9. Gone With the Wind


Anonymous said...

BTW. corsets are, to use this generations vernacular, hot. -JTC

Anonymous said...

The corset made me forget the apostrophe. Can you tell I'm bored? I'll leave now. -JTC

December Quinn said...

Thanks, Bernita!

I am indeed The Coolness, SW. tee-hee. Of course I tagged you, and yes, she is an inspiration.

December Quinn said...

JTC, I would have tagged you if you actually bloggede, so I'm glad you posted yours here! I didn't like The Catcher in the Rye either, and I know there are quite a few more of us out there. You're not alone!

I didn't like Owen Meany, either. But you must read GWTW. Realy. A lady I admire called it "the greath American novel" and said no one is truly educated unless they've read it, and I agree.

And I think corsets are hot, too. I only have one so far...but I'm planning to get more!

Anonymous said...

I think if you read a book and think it is great, then it is great. And, I'll bet the author would agree! -JTC

Robyn said...


Oh JTC! Someone else adores Callahan's, as any seal can foo. (You have to read the book to understand that.)

Sam said...

I love the Once and Futrue King - have it in my permanant library as one of the books I will not lend out (along with 'The God of Small Things' and 'Water Touching Stone'...)

December Quinn said...

I will move it up in my TBR pile, then, Sam!