Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Book List

Well, I was tagged by changeseeker to answer these questions!

(1) One book that changed your life? To Kill A Mockingbird, which I read when I was 12. It opened my mind as a southerner to facets and realities of racial injustice/inequity while I was still young.

(2) One book you have read more than once? The Hobbit by Tolkien

(3) One book you would want on a desert island? A survival book, perhaps The Black Stallion by Walter Farley because in the beginning it describes how to survive on an island.

(4) One book that made you laugh? I really must list oldies. The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guareschi or The Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek.

(5) One book that made you cry? Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud

(6) One book you wish you had written? Well, it will eventually have to be about the remarkable women in my family, my suffragette grandmother who attend Baylor University in 1917, (an unusual thing for a woman in Texas from a small town to do), the story of my French/Irish grandmother, who had 2,000 angels in her home and talked to them, and loved us fiercely, and my own mother, who graduated from college at 18, and became a translator, speaking 5 languages and danced in the ballet folklorico for several decades.

(7) One book you wish had never been written? Well, I am not one to censor books, as I think the reading public should vote with their pocketbook.

(8) One book you are currently reading? The Pulitzer-prize winning biography of Andrew Jackson, called the Age of Jackson by Arthur Schlesinger.

(9) One book you've been meaning to read? The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant

(10) And tag five bloggers to do this, too. This thing has gotten pretty wide, so I'm not sure if my five have already been tagged, but they are: Earl Bockenfield, The Fat Lady Sings, ThePoetryman, JuBlue, and Tnkrbell


At 10:58 AM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

To Kill A Mockingbird - oh yes! Wonderful, classic and insightful. I have to admit, I have one schmaltzy authoress I read when life gets way too difficult - Rosemunde Pilcher. I call those books, my suckling reading. I'll look forward to reading all the tagged.

At 2:18 PM, Blogger betmo said...

i have read the first three on your list a few times as well. good stuff all around.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger JBlue said...

TKAM and The Hobbit are both old favorites here, too. Loves them, preciousssss. Atticus Finch has been one of my role models as a parent, to be honest. I learned a lot from him. To me, Gollum really stands out in The Hobbit ("Whats it got in its pocketses?"), so it was fun seeing him brought to life via Peter Jackson, wasn't it?

Were you a Black Stallion fan, then? Here's a little secret: one of my little Jedi is named after Alexander (Alec) Ramsay. I read every book I could get my hands on in that series as a kid.

Okay, I'm on it! Give me a day or two, though....

At 3:05 PM, Blogger betmo said...

glenda- you can post my haiku on pt- i still don't have access. i sent tom my ip address and he is on vacation i think. thanks. :)

At 4:39 PM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

Love your choices... To Kill a Mockingbird one of wife's favorite reads...

I am afraid, in keeping with my response to previous bloggers "tagging" me, I will have to decline your invitation.

As I have told several before you, "tagging is not my style." Although I do appreciate your thinking of me I will have to ask you to tag someone else.


At 4:49 PM, Blogger glenda said...

That's Ok, now I know!

At 7:37 PM, Blogger troutsky said...

Way off subject BUT I thought you would like to know that my Mom played a Munchikin in The Wizard of Oz (actually one of the ballerinas)Wonderfully eclectic choices.

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Terry S said...


This is my first visit to your realm, Glenda. Very interesting. You made a good comment at my place a bit earlier. Thanks.

I will make a more thorough perusal of your place after our own little trip to Florida.

It's great to find a liberal in Texas. I spent most of my army life at Ft. Hood. I spent two or three ultimately drunken, but, otherwise pleasurable, evenings at Schultz Garten in Austin. Wienerschnitzel & red cabbage, with dark beer. Good stuff. Does it still exist? I think it was near the UT campus.


At 7:43 PM, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

to kill a mockingbird sticks in my head from young age as well

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Tinky/Caddy said...

thanks for the tag, will compose my list by tuesday :)

meanwhile, have you or Uncle E heard from B, J, and/or M lately? i haven't been able to get ahold of them by phone # and am beginning to worry.


At 8:45 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Hey, troutsky, your mom has good taste,...after all, she had you, right?

Terry, good to see ou, thanks for the visit.

grame, what's up? I always loved that book, and at 12, everything is a revelation. It's one OMG moment after another.

At 8:47 PM, Blogger glenda said...

tinky...i'll check, no I have not heard from them and E has been working 24/7 and has not been calling. I'll ask. Not to worry, it's probably nothing serious, but let's check it out.
Call me.

At 1:07 AM, Blogger sumo said...

Will Durant yes! I've read all his History of Civilization volumes...they are great.

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Mary said...

I love your list and I do hope you get around to writing that book.

At 4:19 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Thanks, never know!

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Changeseeker said...

Great list. I'm not surprised. If I'm not mistaken, one of my favorite quotes of all time is from The Hobbit: "The only one you can trust with power is the one who truly doesn't want it." It's Tolkien, but I'm not sure which one.

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Elizabeth Green said...

I would love to read that book about the women in your family. I must be the only person in blog land who has never read To Kill A Mockingbird. Somehow I missed that one. Will have to add it to that ever growing list.

At 8:21 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Changeseeker, tolkien was a genius at weaving the fight between good and evil, or as you say, those who would want power and those who take it on only as their responsibility.

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