Found this one via brownfemipower
1. One book that changed your life?
Cheating, am going to list two. I read To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) and The Color Purple (Alice Walker) within a couple months of each other when I was 10. My world view was instantly and irrevocably changed. Moreover, I understood that I lived in a country shaped by much more than what I saw in my daily life.
2. One book you have read more than once?
oy, I’ve read way too many books more than once. It’s why I still have almost every book I’ve ever read (except all my old chemistry textbooks but I’d argue those weren’t really “read,” more like d-readed). At any given moment I might decide to re-read something. There was a year in grad school when I read Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson over and over rather obsessively. Somehow it helped me to avoid feeling completely depressed all of the time. Also after reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood I immediately started reading it again.
3. One book you would want on a desert island?
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. I’ve only read parts of this book. It’s incredibly dense and endlessly interesting. It’d give me a lot to think about.
4. One book that made you laugh?
The Hills is Lonely by Lillian Beckwith. Sort of a travelogue/memoir/novel about a woman who moves to the Hebrides in the late 1940s. Her faux pas and experiences among crofters are really quite hilarious. There are language stories too. I kept the sqvirrel up at night because as I read and tried to laugh without making a sound the bed would start shaking instead. However, I love to laugh and laugh out loud a lot (it’s one of the chief joys in life, really, being able to laugh, at other things, at oneself, etc.) so maybe not everyone would think it as funny.
5. One book that made you cry?
I’m going to go way back to my childhood here and list a book I read in the middle of the night and which I cried and cried over. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. It’s certainly not the only book that ever made me cry since I cry as easily as I laugh (holding in my emotions not being an aspect of my personality). But it taught me about bittersweet love and about the evils of capitalism, in an indirect kind of way. Perhaps what makes me want to list this book is that I lost a certain kind of innocence when I read it; that part of me that still thought everything would end with love happily ever after.
6. One book you wish had been written?
The unvarnished but not depressing truth about women in academia. And which profiles women with lives outside of academia, not just women who are completely immersed in and obsessed with their careers. Maybe it would make me feel less guilty.
7. One book you wish had never had been written?
Sorry to say but, The Bible. Too much pain, war, ostracism, sexism committed in its name.
8. One book you are currently reading?
Amigas: Letters of Friendship and Exile, Margorie Agosín and Emma Sepúlveda. It consists of letters between two Chilean girls and then women, of different ethnicities and religions, following their childhoods and lives as women, writers, academics, immigrants. Just started it, but it’s wonderful so far.
9. One book you have been meaning to read?
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. I’m not really good at reading non-fiction so I’m always delaying reading this.
10. Now tag five people
ok, I’m much too shy to actually tag anyone…whoever hasn’t already done it?