Book Meme With a Twist

This book meme was posted on Watat.com recently, and even though I was tagged and answered a version of this one awhile ago, Adrienne and Big A little a have twisted it to apply only to children’s books. So, yes. I am answering it again. Skip it if you’re not interested…

  1. One book that changed your life.

    Strange as it may sound, I have to say it was The Phantom of Pine Hill by Carolyn Keene. Reading this Nancy Drew book was the first time I ever experienced the all-consuming rush of not being able to put a book down. Although now I find myself somewhat appalled at Ned’s costume on the cover.

  2. One book you have read more than once.

    Witch of the Cumberlands by Mary Jo Stephens. I actually bought this book from the Gates Public Library several years ago when the children’s librarian weeded it out of the collection. I read it maybe once a year. I think this year I may read it aloud to Liz.

  3. One book you would want on a desert island.

    Oh, there are just too many, but if I really had to pick, it would have to be a set of Harry Potter books.

  4. One book that made you laugh.

    Easy peasy lemon squeezy – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. Pretty much a perfect book.

  5. One book that made you cry.

    Any one of a hundred…I cry easily. So let’s say Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.

  6. One book you wish had been written.

    Can’t think of one.

  7. One book you wish had never been written.

    Pretty much any book by a celebrity, with the possible exception of the books by Jamie Lee Curtis. At the top of this list — The English Roses by Madonna and Amy the Dancing Bear by Carly Simon. The words pretentious and delusional come to mind…

  8. One book you are currently reading.

    Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller. I *so* want to see this as a movie! And a fabulous picture book, Blackbeard and the Birthday Suit by Matthew McElligott. Thanks to Pat Connor for sending me this hilarious book with the amazing illustrations.

  9. One book you have been meaning to read.

    Chicken Boy by Frances O’Roark Dowell. Anne highly recommends this one.

  10. Now tag five people.

    I’m tagging everyone who reads this!

5 thoughts on “Book Meme With a Twist”

  1. Dear Patty,

    I just came across your blog – very nice! – but I have to agree with those other readers who emailed you. What in the world is funny about a hairy pirate? I don’t get it. Your sense of humor is clearly askew.


  2. Note to some of you have have written to ask how I could find Blackbeard and the Birthday Suit so hilarious…it’s because Blackbeard is so hairy…and those of you who know my husband will understand why I find humor in this!


  3. The title of Chicken Boy definitely bites, and is scaring off a number of readers. It’s a shame, because it’s a pretty good book.


  4. I never read Johnny Tremain, but I remember having a crush on the boy who played him in the Disney movie.


  5. Now I’ve placed a hold on The Phantom of Pine Hill.

    I’ve also been hearing good things about Chicken Boy and have been trying to overcome my dislike of the title and read it.

    Your choices for books that had never been written are definitely better than mine. I don’t know why I hate Johnny Tremain so much. Well, I guess I do, actually. When I was in seventh grade and first read it, my general impression that it was a really boring story about a boy whose hand melted. The melting hand was, to me, the most interesting thing about the book but also completely gross. I tried to reread it as an adult, but I couldn’t get over my bored seventh grade self, I guess. It’s funny how much excellent literature I read on my own in junior high and high school and how, at the same time, I intensely disliked several books I was forced to read in school. Besides Johnny Tremain, I also hated and retain a strong dislike of The Good Earth, The Pearl, and Julius Ceasar.


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