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Monday, March 21, 2005
Reading meme
Over the weekend, I read an article in the Tennessean about how boys don't like reading as much as girls. One of the young boys quoted in the article said he "hated" reading. I cannot imagine. I can barely remember a time in my life when I didn't know how to read. I remember feeling in some kind of huge rush to learn how to read so I could make all the words on the pages make sense and read the stories myself. I felt like if I didn't learn to read soon, all the words might disappear or the stories might all change without my knowing about it.

I'm still a big reader. I always have a book with me and I've always got a huge pile of books I want to read either that I've purchased, check out of the library or put on resereve. I got excited last week when one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth George, published a new book--one that I had no idea was coming out until the day it did. Thankfully, Barry, Laura, Craig and Erin gave me a gift certificate from Amazon for my birthday which I used for the new book. Now I only have to wait a few days to tear into it instead of eight more weeks on the waiting list at the library.

So, it's interesting in light of all that that Dawn over at Clarified tagged me to be part of this new game...

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
I'm going to assume that this is a book that we don't like and would want to see destroyed. I have to say, I've read more than my share of books that were not thrilling in my lifetime, but the one that stands out is Lord of the Flies. I remember reading this my freshman year of high school and going--what the hell?!? This is a great work of literature?!? You must be kidding! The discussion of the story in class and how my English teacher went on and on about how great it was really didn't help much. It's just an OK book and I often wonder if Goldman really put all that symbolism and meaning in there or if bored English teachers made it all up to torture us all...

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
If we're talking TV world, then yes...agent Scully from The X-Files. If we're talking in the literary world, then I'd have to say there was a book I read as a teenager--can't remember the title of it. But it was first-person narrator about this young girl who learns about life and love one summer. I loved this girl because she seemed so real and it made me realize that girls had the same weird questions about life that I did at the same time and sometimes they were just as clueless about guys as guys were about girls.

The last book you bought is:
Star Trek Titan: Taking Wing.

The last book you read:
As I said, I read all the time. I finished reading the third Anita Blake novel last week, Circus of the Damned. (Enjoyable in a light, bubble gum reading kind of way). I also finished DisneyWar which is an inside look at the Michael Eisner run Disney.

What are you currently reading?
Why only read one book at a time, I say! Right now, I am reading A Scanner Darkly by Phillip K Dick, The Gospel According to the Simpsons and Triggerfish Twist by Ken Dorsey. Which one I pick up depends on my mood.

Five books you would take to a deserted island.
1. The Bible--preferably New King James Translation
2. The Stand by Stephen King
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
4. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
5. Front Porch Tales by Phillip Gulley

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
1. Barry over at Inn of the Last Home because he reads as much as I do.
2. Becky over at April Fool because I am interesting to see what she'll say.
3. Stacy over at Outwit, Outblog, Outsnark for the same reason as Becky.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 3/21/2005 04:27:00 PM | |
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