Memes: And yet another meme…

Posted 24 May, 2009 by Li in Meme / 3 Comments

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.


3 Responses to “Memes: And yet another meme…”

  1. I found your answers very interesting. One of my favourite books is A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews and I listed A Boy of Good Breeding, also by Toews, as my funniest book, so it was greatly surprising to find you listing a Toews book as most difficult and boring! Different tastes, I guess, but I did find it odd! You also list Catch-22 as leaving you with really intense dreams while I found it a struggle to read as it was dull.

    I also wanted to mention that while doing my Master’s Degree at U of Toronto, I took a lot of my courses at St. Mike’s through the Pontifical Institute, which was awesome. It has especially great memories for me as I met my husband at the bike racks in front of St. Mike’s alumni hall [he was a fellow student] – and as it was very close to love at first sight, I’m always going to have happy St. Mike’s memories. I’d add you as a friend but you don’t seem to be at Live Journal, which begs the question “how did you find the meme”?!! 😀

    I hope you enjoy St. Mike’s as much as I did.

  2. Li

    Hi Allie, thanks for your comment! Yeah, I dunno, I heard wonderful things about Toews but when I got down to it, I just found myself trudging through it. Maybe I was just stressed out from my essays at the time and it wasn’t the best choice of book to unwind with. xD Catch-22 was difficult to get through at times but also amusing at other times. It’s one of those books I’d have to re-read at some point as well 🙂

    Awesome that you took your Master’s at UofT! That’s awesome that you had a wonderful time at St. Mike’s, I heard great things about the Pontifical Institute 🙂 (very cool that you met your husband at the front of Alumni Hall; I’ve had a few courses over there over the years) It’s funny, my home base is St. Mike’s but I’m rarely there (I was usually at Sid Smith since all my history and poli sci classes are based there) but it’s a wonderful college. I’ll be graduating with my fellow colleagues from St. Mike’s next month xD

    As for LJ, I actually do have an LJ (, I just use this blog to post all the book-related memes here since I post all my book reviews and stuff here 🙂 It’s consistent that way, LOL.

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