Another Book Meme

I was tagged by Wordsmith.

So here’s the rules of the Meme:

1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

The three sentences are from The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova:

“Somebody obviously doesn’t want you–or–anybody–checking out that book,” I observed. I kept my voice quiet, watching her. “That’s the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard,” she said sharply, putting sugar in her cup and stirring it.

Consider yourself tagged Kay, Heather, Michelle, Laura, and Cliff.


Of Memes and Books

The River Lethe has tagged me! I will participate because it involves my favorite subject: books! Books, glorious books. What would we ever do without them??

1 – One book that changed your life

The Bible (one I also wish sometimes that I hadn’t read) and The Women’s Room by Marilyn French (Both opened my eyes to new levels of existence)

2 – One book that you’ve read more than once

Again, The Women’s Room. I read it in my 20s, my 30s, and I’ll tackle it again soon.

3 – One book you’d want on a desert island

Well, obviously a book about how to survive on a desert island! Doh!

4 – Two books that made you laugh

Lamb by Christopher Moore (I agree with Aletheia on this one. It made me laugh out loud!)

Any of the John Corey novels by Nelson DeMille: The Lion’s Game, Plum Island, etc. The sardonic wit of John Corey is priceless.

5 – One book that made you cry

No book has ever made me cry except for a sappy romance or two. I can’t remember what they were though. I need visuals, like films to accomplish the crying.

6 – One book that you wish had been written

Middlemarch by George Eliot

7 – One book that you wish had never been written

The Jewish and Christian Scriptures (commonly called the Bible) or the The Koran –without these two books, there would be more peace in the world. (Men always go to war over religion, power, or land. Without religion, we’d still have war, but it would be nice to downsize it.)

8 – Two books you’re currently reading

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

9 – One book you’ve been meaning to read

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

There. I have so many more categories that I could add, but I could go on and on. I’ll leave it at this list. I’ll tag Heather and Eileen.

Movie Memes

Got this meme from Classical Bookworm.  We have to name 5 favorite movies and 5 guilty pleasure movies. I love these because it forces you to think about what movies are important to you right now. It says a lot about your spiritual journey as well. So, my five favorite are:

1. The Apostle for a stellar performance by Robert Duvall and an unflinching look at Pentecostalism and human frailty.

2.  Rear Window for the brilliant direction of Alfred Hitchcock in which he takes all of us right into our deepest fears and puts us in touch with our voyeuristic roots.

3.  Black Robe for its honest depiction of the cluelessness of priests and their attempts to missionize Canadian tribes in the early days of discovery.

4.  Sea of Love because Al Pacino doesn’t get any better than this and Ellen Barkin can’t get any hotter than this. Third rate story is made much better through first rate performances.

5. Waiting For Guffman because really, the made up music in this mockumentary is the type you cannot get out of your head. Brilliant satire by Guest and friends.

Now my favorite guilty pleasures:

1. Twister. I love, love, love Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt in this “throwaway” movie with a thrill ride of a premise.

2. Sorority Boys. I’m sorry, but this is the funniest college movie I’ve seen in a while, except for Dead Man on Campus. This has to be a tie.

3. Blade: Trinity. Ryan Reynolds is to die for.

4.  Kiss the Girls. This is the perfect Ashley Judd/Morgan Freeman vehicle.

5. Finding Nemo. I could watch this film over and over and over just for the dialog. It is for me what The Little Mermaid was to my 5 year old daughter. Can we watch it again, mom?

These lists are by no means definitive, my tastes change daily. What are your lists?