Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ten Random Things

I found this fun 'ten random things' meme at Stuck in a Book a month or so ago. She put a little spin on it. And invites us to do the same...

1.) Go to your bookshelves...
2.) Close your eyes. If you're feeling really committed, blindfold yourself.
3.) Select ten books at random. Use more than one bookcase, if you have them, or piles by the bed, or... basically, wherever you keep books.
4.) Use these books to tell us about yourself - where and when you got them, who got them for you, what the book says about you, etc. etc.....
5.) Have fun! Be imaginative. Doesn't matter if you've read them or not - be creative. It might not seem easy to start off with, and the links might be a little tenuous, but I think this is a fun way to do this sort of meme.
6.) Feel free to cheat a bit, if you need to...

What I did was go to a randomizer, put in the number of books I have on my Goodreads list (using Excel I could just create a list of 1601 consecutive numbers in a few seconds), sorted my list of all books by date added (which already randomizes it a bit) and then just pulled each book according to the number. This list really is random.

1. 63
Morgan’s Passing by Anne Tyler
After college, I was really struggling with what to read, how to find out about new books to read, how to choose books. I discovered Anne Tyler, and so I bought and read all of her books. Yep, you heard me, all of them. This one in particular I don’t remember details of (I have a very bad memory) but I liked all of them. Since that binge, I continue to acquire her books but have only read one. I hope to rectify that this year.

2. 207
I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson
At the height of chick lit, it started to splinter. This was the ne plus ultra of the “mommy lit” subgenre of chick lit. I read it when it was first out, thought it was cute, and in fact this book showed up at my book swap on Tuesday and I recommended it to a friend. I remember liking it a lot, although thinking the protagonist was a tad too worried about what others think of her. Still, that is likely a concern of most moms (which I am not).

3. 707
The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories by Edgar Allen Poe
I believe this was summer reading for 9th grade. I was switching from Catholic school to public high school and suddenly went from about 3 summer reading books to about 8. It was a fun book. I particularly liked The Fall of the House of Usher. My book club is talking about reading this around Halloween. I would very much like to revisit this as an adult as I imagine I’d have a very different take on it since I’m no longer 13.

4. 663
Watership Down by Richard Adams
This was also during my post-college floundering period. I was actually working at TicketMaster in a phone room taking orders. It was very, very busy in the mornings, and then at 2:00 calls dropped off significantly. We had dumb terminals so no internet surfing. We were tethered to our phones (literally with our headsets). Entertainment options for between calls were very limited. I have no idea how I ran across this book but it was really great and just right for me at that time. I still sometimes want to call my car a “hrududu”. It IS a better word. Later, while working at a bookstore, I was incredibly glad I had read this as I could pry it out of the hands of loving but misguided adults who thought that since it was about bunnies, it was appropriate for 11-year-olds.

5. 987
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
I read this is a fabulous college course called Studies in Literature by Women. I don’t remember much about it but it was well outside of my norm and was pretty eye-opening. Plays are not something I read on my own and maybe that's something I should consider doing. It was contemporary, and was helping pull me into reading books NOW instead of books then.

6. 1166
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
I honestly don’t remember if I read this before or after I saw the movie. But I remember I was at my summer job in the campus bookstore, and I also read the first sequel. She is one of my youngest sister’s favorite authors, but the two books, while I enjoyed them, were sufficient for me. A good beach read.

7. 876
The Riverside Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
Another college book, this one being a lovely, huge complete leather-bound volume. In my Shakespeare class we read about 10 plays which didn’t even make a dent in the book. I will keep this forever, but I really doubt I’ll ever read another play. Unless there’s another Shakespeare movie as seminal as “Romeo + Juliet” and it is based on a play I’ve not read. (I did actually break this book out once while watching that movie.)

8. 1189
Nancy’s Mysterious Letter (Nancy Drew #8) by Carolyn Keene
When I was about 10, I read roughly the first 100 books in the Nancy Drew series. They are well-written (especially the first 20), escapist fantasies. I think every single girl has read these and that’s just what they deserve. The first 20 books were hand-me-downs from one of my aunts, and so they were the 1960s edition.

9. 1380
Time and Again by Jack Finney
Before I moved to New York, I was told that I absolutely had to read the book. It was cute and I enjoyed it. I really liked the details both in how the experiement worked, and then in the historic period. I loved the illustrations which are so unusual in an adult novel. Then last year, it was picked for my book club so I reread it 10 years after the first read, which is not something I usually do these days. But I’m glad I did. It’s not a genre I usually delve into and I do frequently try to expand my literary horizons. Pretty much everyone in my book club liked it too. I’ve owned the sequel for probably 8 years, haven’t read it yet though.

10. 1409
She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
This is the one TBR that popped up on my list. Haven Kimmel has been on my radar for about 10 years. A couple of years ago I bought A Girl Called Zippy at a used book store, and last year I read it and loved it. This is the sequel which I really would like to read. She’s got a great voice and a quirky family. I haven't bought it yet but it's on my list ao when I do run across it I remember it.


Booksnyc said...

I read I Don't Know How She Does It when it first came out too - I really liked it. It also fits into another favorite category of mine - Brit Chick Lit.

great scientific method used to select your books!

Cath said...

I loved I Don't Know How She Does It! I haven't read that particular Anne Tyler yet, but you've made it sound so good that I think I will, now. Thanks!