A book that changed my life (besides the Bible):
Passionate Marriage. This is the book I recommend to people in committed relationships, but it can have useful information for anyone. I suppose not everyone will relate to it as well as I did (I mean, we all have our own particular issues to work on, right?) but I found it to have some of the best advice for balancing being true to one’s self while being in an intimate relationship. The author, a counseling psychologist, examines how couples would come to him to fix their sex life, but their bedroom problems usually stem from emotional gridlock issues that affect their entire relationship.
A book I’ve read more than once:
Citizen of the Galaxy. There are numerous books I’ve read repeatedly, particularly those by Lloyd Alexander and Robert Heinlein, but this one really clicks with me. It's got adventure, personal growth, tragedy and triumph. In space. That may sound like I'm joking, but seriously, it rocks.
A book I would take with me if I were stuck on a desert island:
SAS Survival Guide. Strange, there doesn’t seem to be a book called “How To Survive On a Desert Island.” There really should be. You know, one that describes how to find safe drinking water on islands, and make shelter with tropical plants and with a photo-based guide for identifying which plants, fish, animals and reptiles are safe to eat and which are poisonous. (Bill Bryson points out that there should be a companion book “How to Build a Boat with Things You Can Find on a Desert Island.”) These should be sealed in waterproof carriers and stored in lifeboats for all ships that sail in open ocean. (I know, I’m probably taking this question way too literally, but that’s my prerogative.)
A book that made me laugh:
Wee Free Men. I rarely laugh out loud while reading. Usually the best a book can do is make me smile appreciatively. However, most books by Terry Pratchett have made me laugh. This one in particular brought tears to my eyes I was laughing so hard.
A book that made me cry:
A Hatful of Sky. Actually, it’s not that hard to make me cry. I mean, On*Star commercials can make me tear up. So there are actually many books where I’ve spilled over a bit at the sad/emotional parts. This is the Pratchett book that follows Wee Free Men, so I thought it appropriate to include it. And if I can mention my own work, the draft of my first NaNo, “Skeptical Augury” has a couple parts that still make me cry every time I read them.
A book that I wish had been written:
The Salmon of Doubt. This was to be the third in the Dirk Gently series by Douglas Adams, but he unfortunately passed away before it was finished. The partial manuscript, as well as some other unpublished works, were published under that title a year after his death, but it’s not the same. Actually, I feel like the world is missing a series of humorous fantasy books that he should be writing now, as he’d be really coming into his prime as a writer. Such a loss.
A book that I wish had never been written:
The Rules. Now, I’ve not read it. Years ago, I wrote a satirical 800-word piece entitled “How To Trick A Man Into Marrying You,” which was all in jest, but from what I understand, two women had that idea and made it into a serious how-to guide. This book sounds like the polar opposite of the Passionate Marriage I mentioned earlier, so it seems appropriate to wish that it hadn’t been written.
A book I’ve been meaning to read:
The Vampire Bunny. There are actually many books I’ve been meaning to read, but I mention this one because it’s on hold for me at the library, so I can go pick it up and read it.
I’m currently reading:
The Red Queen. A mind-boggling nonfiction work about sex and the evolution of human nature. Have you ever wondered why sexual reproduction even exists? Or considered the implications of game-theory choices between cooperation and competition for humans, animals, cells, and even individual genes themselves? I’m finding it slow going, because it’s so rich with amazing and unexpected ideas. It takes time to digest, but I’m finding it well worth it. If any of that sounds interesting, check it out.
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