A Life in Books Meme

ReadingThis is a new book meme from Big A little a. It’s very interesting and has some pretty cool questions. She asked everyone who reads her blog to do it, and it’s a pretty neat meme, so I’m doing it!

1. What are your 5 most important books?

  • The Chronicles of Prydain Series by Lloyd Alexander: I know this is already five books, but I’m counting it as one. It’s a unit. I’ve read this series so many times it’s scary and I love it. They are truly my favorite books of all time. I can’t say they are the best books, because they aren’t, but they are my favorites and so they are the most important to me.
  • The Winnie-the-Pooh Books by A. A. Milne: This includes the two poetry books. I love these books a lot. I really do think everyone should read them. I don’t think that about very many books, but I definitely think that about Pooh.
  • The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum: This is my favorite of the Oz books, which is one of my favorite series. It’s a great adventure story and has one of the most coherent plot lines in the series. It is an almost perfect adventure/mystery in the Oz world with all of the great characters playing crucial roles. It’s fun and entertaining and Baum at his absolute best.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: This is one of the only love stories that ever really got to me. I love the characters and love the story. If more modern romance novels were like Jane Austen, I might actually read more of them! Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy were such a strange couple that worked so well. I doubt a lesser writer could have pulled it off without it seeming campy, but Austen does it and makes me swoon every time too.
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare: I adore this play so much it almost hurts sometimes. I find something new and fascinating in it every time I pick it up. I love reading it (although I’ve learned that I’m largely incapable of reading it silently) and I love staging it and I love performing it and everything. I hate the character of Hamlet himself, so I usually skip his parts, but everything else is pure genius to me. Claudius, the King, is my favorite character in all of theatre. It’s just a brilliant play.

2. What is an important book you admit you haven’t read?

  • I haven’t read Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and I probably should at some point. It’s been on my list for a long time and I recently read Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, which reinforced that I really should read Lolita sometime! I don’t even own a copy, though.

3. What classic (or childhood favorite) was a little disappointing on rereading?

  • This one is really hard. I actually don’t reread that many things. Jane Eyre, I guess. I really liked it the first time I read it but was rather indifferent to it when I reread it over one summer in college.

4. What book do you (or did you) care most about sharing with your kids?

  • I actually have to say the Winnie-the-Pooh books. They are so much fun to share, especially with kids. The poetry in particular is a blast to read to kids. It bounces along and is so much fun! And who doesn’t love sharing the stories where Pooh falls out of the tree trying to get honey, hitting every branch along the way, and Piglet sends a note in a bottle asking to be rescued from his water-filled house, only to be rescued by the “Brain of Pooh”! They are such fun stories and reading them aloud is the best!

5. Name an acclaimed book, either classic or contemporary, that you just don’t like.

  • The Scarlet Letter. For some reason, I just never could stand it. Maybe it was because of studying it with an overly enthusiastic teacher in high school or maybe I just couldn’t get past the fact that for 150 pages nothing happens, but whatever the reason, I never liked it. I figure in about ten years I’ll try reading it again and see what happens.

Tag, you’re it! I don’t like tagging people, so if you like this meme, do it. If you don’t, ignore it! Simple as that!

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