In my book

I love reading people’s responses to quizzes and memes but usually don’t have the patience to answer one myself. Which may be why it took me quite awhile to go through this particular quiz. Anyway, here goes:

1. What books sparked your interest in reading? Meaning, what books first took reading from being a forced activity to being an enjoyable pastime for you?
There weren’t many books around in our house when I was young so I picked up a high school literature textbook left by a previous tenant. It was written entirely in Filipino and featured samplings of different writings including myths, legends, love stories and fables. It started my interest in the written word and the short story form, as well as an appreciation of my native language.

2. Which three books have most changed your life (in a practical, tangible way)?

  • Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus, because it taught me that getting to the top should not come at the expense of others and losing oneself in its pursuit.
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, taught me to value friendship and the importance of trying to maintain a child-like appreciation of the world around me.
  • See answer to question 1.

3. Which three books (outside of the Bible) have most shaped your thoughts on God?
I’m not a religious person and must admit that this is a topic I don’t read up on.

4. Which book(s), if any, have you intentionally read more than once?
The Belgariad series by David Eddings (my introduction to fantasy), Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories (Vol. 1 & 2) by Arthur Conan Doyle, Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe and The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy Emmuska.

5. Which three books would you recommend to a brand new Christian?
See answer to question 3.

6. Which three books do you plan to have your kids read? (Or – “Which three books were most exciting to read to your kids/for your kids to read?” – for those of you who already have children)

  • Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus
  • A selection of Filipino myths and legends
  • The Bromeliad Trilogy by Terry Pratchett

7. Books that stand out -(i.e. Ones we’ve REALLY enjoyed as family read-alouds: )
Hmm… we don’t have family read-alouds but some books that stood out were:

  • I am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Forever Today by Deborah Wearing

8. A book that made you cry
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. The story of the extraordinary courage, love and sacrifices these women gave touched me. Besides, having a traditional Chinese mum and the difficulties that presents also struck a chord.

9. A book that scared you
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Being a fan of horror fiction, it’s perhaps ironic that I would choose a non-fiction book for this. However, the industrial way of growing food in our time terrifies me. The utter disregard for the laws of nature, a heavy reliance on fossil fuels and our preference for being blissfully unaware of where our food came from, where it lived, what it ate and how it got to our plate scares me. One could argue that the facts from the book were only based on America’s food culture but I believe that the problem is a global phenomenon.

10. A book that made you laugh
Truckers (1st book of The Bromeliad trilogy) by Terry Pratchett is a book about a race of small people called nomes living in a department store and a group of outsiders who has infiltrated their small world. With the department store’s imminent closing, the nomes living inside the store must venture Outside. Yes, everyone must heed the wishes of Arnold Bros. (est 1905), revered by all and whose wishes are written in the department store’s signs. And if the signs say “Final Sale: Everything must Go”, then the nomes must see if there really is an Outside and perhaps make a new life out there.

11. A book that disgusted you
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I read this book because everyone seem to be raving about it but I found it cheesy, clichéd and not very interesting.

12. A book you loved in elementary/primary school
The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn G. Keene. I remember a friend’s older sister were renting them out and I made sure I had enough money to rent a new one each week.

13. A book you loved in middle school (yrs 5, 6, 7, 8 )
P.S. I Love You, Sweet Dreams #1 by Barbara Conklin. The Sweet Dreams series was very popular with my friends at that time and it was easy to get access to them. I think I’ve read almost every Sweet Dreams book I could get my hands on during that time but this one left a lasting impression.

14. A book you loved in high school
The Shining by Stephen King was the first horror book I’ve read and remains a favourite.

15. A book you loved in college
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy Emmuska. Set against the backdrop of the French revolution, it has swashbuckling action, a lovable hero (and heroine) and romance! What’s not to like?

16. Any more favorites?

  • Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King
  • Needful Things by Stephen King
  • The Terminal Experiment by Robert Sawyer
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

17. What are you currently reading?

  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

18. What’s your family reading?
My parents aren’t much into reading and as for Geejay, please see his responses to these same set of questions a few posts back.

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Published in: on August 19, 2006 at 9:07 pm  Comments (3)