Book Meme 1

Mark didn’t tag me, (thanks, Mark!), but I’ve been wanting to post a book meme for some time, and his latest motivated me.

1. First book to leave a lasting impression?

While I can’t remember which came first, it would have to be either Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia or Tolkien’s Rings Trilogy. I read them all as a young teen and fell in love with books. Of course, mom being a librarian certainly didn’t hurt.

2. Which author would you most like to be?
John Grisham.

3. Name the book that has most made you want to visit a place?Deadline

Deadline. A great, engaging Christian fiction book. Alcorn’s account of heaven in this book made me want to go there. It describes heaven in a way that is alluring, captivating, exciting, adventurous, and awe-inspiring.

4. Which contemporary author will still be read in 100 years?
I’d have to say John Piper for theology and George R. R. Martin for his Tolkien-esque fantasy epics.

5. Which book would you recommend to a teenager reluctant to try ‘literature’?

To Kill a Mockingbird.

6. Name your best recent literary discovery.

It’s not deep, by any means, but I’ve enjoyed Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt books. Add to that G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy.

7. Which author’s fictional world would you most like to live in?

I would agree with Mark here – The Stand. It’s an intense, page-turning read. I’ve read it 2-3 times. Love it. If not that, count me in as Knight Noble in the days of King Arthur.

8. Name your favorite poet?

Uh… poet? I don’t know it.

9. What’s the best non-fiction title you’ve read this year?
OK, I’ve already mentioned Chesterton, so I’d add Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christian. Newkind

10. Which author do you think is much better than his/her reputation?

Anybody that can make me laugh while I’m pondering theological or spiritual concepts has got my vote here. John Ortberg.

On this day...


  1. Mark W. says:
    Thanks for the plug and the book thoughts – I thought this meme was particularly good, since it both took me down memory lane and made me reflect on how some of my reading has stayed with me in various ways. Don’t hold out hope for many comments on this one though…

    BTW…The Stand is awesome! Glad you like it too!

  2. K.T. says:
    I think the lack of comments is most likely the result of people who have not read the books that you have.I love the stand also but am not so sure that ,that is the literary world I would want to live in….I also love the Chronicles of Narnia! If I reflect back far enough,I remember as a child I thought living in the book the boxcar children was exciting,I know that is somewhat off the beaten path,but it definitely reminded me of that.
  3. K.T. says:
    I guess I shoulda’ taken the time to italicize the titles ,sorry….although I have not read many of the books you have posted,it does give me ideas on books that I might like to check out!
  4. Jeff says:
    I’ll eventually ‘fess up to being an avid comic reader for most of my life. Stopped collecting about age 28. Donald Duck was my favorite, then Spiderman. Still have all my comics.

    Mark, I hope to do some more book meme’s soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

    KT, Chronicles is humbling and amazing. I’m still chagrined to discover just how many people have never read this wonderful books.

  5. A.J. says:
    There is nothing wrong with being a comic book reader. As you know I grew up reading comic books myself, my favorite being Spider-Man as well. I still have all my comic books in boxes in my closet. Maybe one day I’ll put them on EBay or something and try and sell the ones I don’t want to keep any longer.
  6. Marylee Noble says:
    Is THE STAND really by Stephen King? I’ve never read any of his books, really never wanted to, but if he wrote one that impressed you so much, I might try it.

    I remember trying to talk your sister out of writing a paper on him during her junior year of high school. Her “smart” comment was “Well, mom, he’s no worse than that dopehead Poe that you used to teach in your English classes.” Touche!

    My all-time favorite is TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. I loved to teach it when I taught 9th grade English. We watched the movie a while back and I loved it as much as the first time I saw it. Do you remember who Jem, Scout, and Dill really were?


  7. Mark W. says:
    In answer to Marylee…

    Yes, the book is by Stephen King, and it is one of the only books of his I would recommend to people who aren’t into “scary” novels (which I love).

    Also, Poe is NO dopehead. The more I study him, the more I’m convinced that he is America’s only literary claim to fame! Even Melville’s Moby Dick is pastiche, but Poe’s stories were truly inventive and permanently changed the course of fiction writing.

    I hope you convinced her to opt for a paper on Poe instead of King…though I’d recommend reading The Stand, especially if you’ve not read King before.

  8. Jeff says:
    This is really strange… Why so many comments on a Book MeMe? Heretofore, expect shameless meme’s on Notes more often. Who woulda thunk it?

    AJ, I remember you were a Spidey fan too!

    Hmmm… Jem, Scout, and Dill? Why do I think they had something to do with the Civil War?

    Mark.. to my shame, I don’t know that I’ve read anything by Poe unless it was that crow poem I had to read in senior English. I’m embarrassed. I know my cool factor has just taken a huge hit by this admission.

  9. Marylee Noble says:
    You’re way off on the Jen, Scout, and Dill deal. Think hard.


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