Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Book Tag

Saw this book tag over at DC's.

A book that made you laugh: Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Strauss. I remember people in Calcutta airport looking at me rather strangely as I laughed out aloud at periodic intervals.

A book that made you cry: The ending of Gone With The Wind.

A book that scared you: Not a book, but a story - Stephen King's 1408. And I'm too scared to watch the movie.

A book that disgusted you: Lolita, Lolita, Lolita. I haven't finished it, and don't plan to.

A book you loved in elementary school: There was this Malayalam book called Katha Parayunna Nighandu - a huuuuuge book full of illustrated stories from Hindu mythology. It was a highly age-inappropriate book for me to read - the things these supposed Gods got up to, I tell you.

A book you loved in middle school or junior high school: To Kill a Mockingbird. Not least because the copy I read was the gift my mother gave my father for their first wedding anniversary. Also, The Diary of Anne Frank.

A book you loved in high school: Stephen King's On Writing.

A book you loved in college: American Gods.

A book that challenged your identity: On Writing. King made me actually wonder what I was doing when I should be reading and writing like there was no tomorrow. Alas, that phase, too, passed.

A series that you love: The Five Find-outers - I was head over heels in love with Fatty during my pre-teens. I can still read any of the fifteen Find-outers books. Anyone else who has read the Mystery series? With Snubby and Loony and Barney and Miranda?

Your favorite horror book: Stephen King is the only horror writer I've read, so one of his, I suppose.

Your favorite science fiction book: Not really into sci-fi.

Your favorite fantasy: American Gods. Neil Gaiman totally redefined the way I thought of fantasy.

Your favorite mystery: I used to be really into mystery books - Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell, Colin Dexter. Particularly loved the latter's wit.

Your favorite biography: I have a mental block against biographies, so - none.

Your favorite "coming of age" book: Vernon God Little. Also The Diary of Anne Frank, again.

Your favorite classic: Hehe - Pride and Prejudice! :)

Your favorite romance book: See above. And since DC mentions M&B's, there was this really old one of my mother's that I used to fish out and read whenever I went to my grandmother's house. It was called Logan's Lake/Island. Yummm. (By the way, M& B's make such nice reads. Except that you get depressed after you read them.)

Whoever sees this tag and likes it may do it.
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Drenched said...

No matter how nauseous, how disgusting Lolita was, I'm proud to say that I've read it till the end. No more sleepless nights over what's-gonna-happen-next-in-that-eew-novel.
I loved Mystery series too!! And back off, Fatty's mine. :P

Dreamcatcher said...

I have to read Gaiman's book. Sandman is why I almost flunked the second semester of my second year.. i was totally obsessed with it.

Flyaway Mind said...

anne frank was my favourite too way back during school days...i even started writing diary after reading that..hehee..and there was huge circulation of M&Bs during the hostel days

Captain Subtext said...

This comment is progressing parallel to my reading of your post:

Yeah, nice (and funny) book.

I can't recall feeling like crying but yeah, amazing story.

1408 is a really nice movie. Haven't read the book, but going by whatever little King I have read, it must have been at least as scary in the book.

What! Lolita! It's one of my absolute favorite books. And you know, you might think of me as a sick person, but I actually felt sad for Humbert Humbert on occasions.

OK, me not Mallu.

To Kill A Mockingbird was my favorite coming of age book in this tag. It's amazing how such a simple book can be so amazing. And I read the Anne Frank book in college, but it's still great.

On Writing is totally fabulous man! (sorry for using some cliched adjectives...and no, 'man' is not an adjective...maybe a compliment?)

Yet to read American Gods. Neil Gaiman is one American God though.

On Writing again...nice.

Have just read one Five Find-Outers...was a rather desi kid...had my share of Nandan and Balhans, but never enjoyed Blyton all that much. Maybe their hearty meals distracted me.

Man (and sorry to be repetitive), you really need to diversify a bit beyond King and Gaiman. They are definitely great, though.

Never read Colin Dexter. Ruth Rendell was spooky. Agatha Christie is probably the only woman in my pantheon. No sorry, Monica Bellucci is there too, but wrong context.

Biographies? Who cares for them, right?

Yep, VGL was one hell Booker winner.

OK, Jane Austen has been completely off limits till date.

Mills and Boon!! For chrissakes! I was having my dinner while reading this! Not done.

sandeip said...

m stealing taking this tag..

you do have a diverse taste in books..though i must say i detest stephen king with every iota of my intelligence :)