Thanks for the tag, DK.
1. One book that changed your life:
How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Oh, I know - I should choose the bible or some such, but we are to be honest, right? When I was in my little home church, I was forced to read this book - twice. Literally. I was not allowed to do anything until I had read it through 2 times. Probably the nicest thing anyone has ever done to me. Probably the only thing I will never regret from my time there. I went through a serious time over the next 8 years of reading 7 Habits - type book. Completely changed the way I deal with the world, and made me a much happier person.
You would not be reading this blog if I had not read those books - I ga-ran-tee it.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
Well, we'll pass on the obvious one from above.
Thomas Covenant, The Chronicles of the Unbeliever. Thomas, the "hero" of this book, finds a new way on every page to make you hate him. And I don't mean the kind of "wink-wink" hatred you have for Bruce Willis's characters, either. I mean, "Dude you really need to die and let these people work out their own problems without you," hatred. From the first page, I identified completely with Thomas, and I wept with every person he hurt along the way. If you loved The Lord of the Rings, go ahead and stay away from this one.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Yes, it sounds like a cheap, lame answer, but... Seriously, I read for information, not joy these days. I talk to people and blog for joy, so I would seriously doubt whether I could survive on a desert island. Let's just say Wilson would be working overtime to keep me level!
4. One book that made you laugh:
The fiv-ish books of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. Douglas Adams was virulently atheistic, but the magic he works with words is unparalleled. You've not read anything until you have read him describe the world through a rhinocerous's eyes - or rather nose.
5. One book that made you cry [or feel really sad]:
And I don't mean just cry either. I put down the book, walked away and wept for almost a half hour. Orson Scott Card liked to killed me, man. I don't honestly know whether anyone else reacted to that scene the way I did, but if you wonder which it was, you can email me. I won't spoil it for anyone who has not read it yet.
6. One book that you wish had been written:
The biography of the church. Not the history, but the biography. It would look like a biography of a vine tree, but it would be one story full of names of people who had placed her life before their own.
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
The Victorious Christian Life, and all books about being a successful Christian. May their tribe be eternally banished from all publishing houses.
8. One book you’re currently reading:
An Absolute Sort of Certainty. The Holy Spirit and the Apologetics of Jonathon Edwards
I know, I know. It sounds dry, but only because it is. That's OK. It's a book written about a serious disbeliever in free will (One book of his that I have read is, "The Freedom of the Will: An Inquiry into the Modern Prevailing Notions of the Freedom of the Will which is Supposed to be Essential to Moral Agency, Virtue and Vice, Reward and Punishment, Praise and Blame." though I think that title has been shortened for modern American readers.) by someone that I am not sure agrees with him and that is refreshing. There are about 100 footnotes per chapter, and I don't know ANY of the references. It's pretty fun.
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Religious Affections by Edwards.
10. Now tag five people:
It took me years to get up the courage to talk to a girl, and more years to get the courage to ask one out. Tagging people is similarly, bizarrely hard for me.
So I guess I'd best do it!
I think many of my regulars have already been tagged, so I will try to hit new folk.
Andreia, Ellen, Rich (we miss you dude :-(, DugALug, Oloryn