1. One book that changed your life?
I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book that completely changed my life just by virtue of reading it the once. I do recall reading Singles at the Crossroads about 9 months after graduating from university, and being startled into tears by the author’s assertion that most university grads don’t realize that their immediate post-graduate loneliness is because they’re grieving the loss of community. Because of course that was what I was going through, but nobody else had said that to me.
The one book that has changed my life in many ways is The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I had no idea how much it had influenced me until a couple of years ago when I read Tom Shippey’s books The Road to Middle-Earth, and over and over again the statements he made about Tolkien’s faith and views on life, and his analyses of characters and themes from the book, lined up directly with mine. From submission to divine kingship, to the adamant faithfulness of friends, to the idea of grace and providence working in tandem with human will and sacrifice…. It’s all there.
Honestly, I’ve read LotR so many times I’ve lost count, and every time I read it something new emerges from it. I am changed every time I read it.
I think I’m due for another reread soon; it’s been a few years now, the longest I’ve gone
2. One book you have read more than once?
Um. Perelandra, by C.S. Lewis. Though if I listed them all, this one answer would go on for hundreds of titles. I am not kidding.
5. One book that made you cry?
The first book that made me cry so hard I had to put it down for a few minutes to gain control of myself was L.M. Montgomery’s Rilla of Ingleside. The last of the Anne books, set during the First World War. If you’ve read it, I bet you can tell me exactly where I started to cry.
6. One book you wish had been written?
An anthology with the completed versions of all the little stories that the narrator hints at in The Neverending Story. I always read those bits (“but that’s another story…”) with regret.
7. One book you wish had never had been written?
The DaVinci Code, kthxbye
8. One book you are currently reading?
Star Wars on Trial, ed. David Brin and Matthew Stover
Vastly amusing, though the “opening statement” from the Prosecution really made me angry with its assumptions of contrary ideas about culture and art. I almost threw the book across the room; and then I almost posted excerpts on LJ in order to rant about them.
But then Defense tackled some of those issues in its opening statement, and I calmed down.
9. One book you have been meaning to read?
The Brothers K, by David James Duncan.
No, not the one by Dostoevsky. This is a modern novel about baseball and coming of age, apparently. My book club is reading it, and I haven’t even started the thing yet. Modern realism is not usually my cup of tea, but they all say it’s quite good.
I have quite a list behind that, actually. What else is new?