Because I’m in a book meme kind of mood…also got this meme from book_memes:
1. What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read?
It’s funny (no pun intended) but I was looking at my bookshelf recently and realized that I didn’t own very many books that were laugh-out-loud. Two books that come to mind that were hilarious to me were Stephen Clarke’s A Year in the Merde (his description of his time in Paris was just lol) and Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (there was this one scene in particular that had me laughing out loud).
2. What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read?
This is a difficult question to answer because I don’t think I’ve come across a book that was really scary. I will mention that the scariest moment that I’ve ever come across while reading was the chapter in Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring where Gandalf is reading the last entries from this log in Balin’s tomb…I read it late at night and I remember getting chills when I read those passages xD
3. What’s the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
For fiction and in terms of getting through it because of boredom (and in terms of memory), it’d probably be Miriam Toews’s A Complicated Kindness. I thought it’d be interesting but it did not capture my interest whatsoever.
In terms of non-fiction, it would be Locke’s Second Treatise (and not necessarily because of boredom); if it wasn’t for my prof’s lectures, I would not understand a single word Locke was talking about. The Essential Works of Lenin was also difficult to get through, especially with all the economics involved.
4. What’s the most shocking book you’ve ever read?
I remember reading through…gosh, I can’t remember if it was The Permanent Purge or some other book, about the Stalinist Purges of the 1930s for my independent research paper and I had to stop researching for a while to re-orient myself; the experience that Soviet citizens went through during that time was just unbelievable…the fear, the NKVD, etc. It was intense, I had to give myself breaks before I could continue reading.
As for fiction…I don’t read a lot of crime thrillers often but Jurado’s God’s Spy was a lot more disturbing than I thought it would be (not to mention I didn’t like the book for other reasons, but anywyas). It reminded me why I didn’t read a lot of crime thrillers, lol.
5. What book made you cry more than any other?
I don’t cry very often from books and movies and stuff but I remember Nicholas Sparks’s A Walk to Remember got me all teary when I was in high school. As for more recently, the ending of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief got me all choked up and sad.
6. What book gave you nightmares or bad dreams?
It didn’t give me nightmares or bad dreams but reading Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 recently left me with very intense dreams, lol.
7. What book inspired you to change your life?
I only book I can think of is Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. I read it for the first time in Grade 12 (the book was a gift from my chaplaincy teacher) and it was wondering, very life-affirming. I re-read the book every now and then to remind me that there is hope, that achieving your dreams is possible (even the more out-there ones ;)).
8. What’s the most romantic book you’ve ever read?
Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The idea of getting a second chance in love, of experiencing a love that’s constant and steadfast regardless of distance and of the past and of family…it’s just really romantic. And the letter that Wentworth wrote to Anne? Oh how I wish I were Anne 😉
9. What’s the most adventure-filled book you’ve ever read?
Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was certainly adventure-filled. Tad Williams’s Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy was also adventure-filled; all the places mentioned in the map were practically visited over the course of three (or four, depending on whether you got the trade or the mass paperback) books.
10. What book carried you off into a land of imagination more than any other?
Hands down, The Lord of the Rings really got me into the fantasy genre and opened my mind to the possibilities of where imagination can take you. It really felt like I was in Middle Earth whenever I read the books, like it’s a real place you can go to and hang out and stuff.