the dreaded* book meme...

OK, I could kick myself. I finally completed my answers for the entire Book Meme, lost my internet connection, saved the copy, forgot to paste it onto a Word document and rebooted. Done gone in cyberspace. Oiy. Trying to remember what I wrote (it was brilliant, mind you), so here we go again(disclaimer: this blogger is not responsible for any errors or lack of brilliance. The computer did it.) :

The (*Dreaded = the: -what-if-I-hadn't-read-any-books-all-year-or-what-if-I-can't remember-anything-I've-read-which-is-more-likely -fear? ) Book Meme (thank you for the tag, AbbaGav. I think.):

1. Name one book that changed your life: gosh 'n golly - so many books have made an impact on my life, it's really difficult to choose one. So I'll choose two: Or HaRa'ayon by Rav Meir Kahane*, and Lights Along the Way by Rabbi Dr. Avraham Twerski.

(*Actually, it was meeting and conversing with Rabbi Meir Kahane three months before he was murdered which changed my life.)

2. One book you've read more than once: Small Miracles I and II by Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island: I second AbbaGav in this one: "Surviving Desert Islands for Dummies, and "How to Build an Unsinkable Raft and SeaWater Distillation Unit", with one addition: The Exodus by Leon Uris.

4. One book that made you laugh: My Favorite Intermissions by Victor Borge.

5. One book that made you cry: oh, I can think of books which made me cry: The Blessings of a Broken Heart by Sherri Mandell, and From a Ruined Garden, the Memorial Books of Polish Jewry by Jack Kugelmass & Jonathan Boyarin.

6. One book you wish you'd written: Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl; also, Memoirs of a Displaced Soul (maybe someday I'll actually write it...)

7. One book you wish had never been written: I'll second AbbaGav on this, too: "Mein Kampf and "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion",

8. One book you're currently reading: I have this nasty habit of starting a book, putting it down, and picking it up sometimes 'ages and ages hence', while in the interim starting and temporarily stopping several other books. So that sort of explains why I have to list more than one; I am currently reading (and returning to) From a Ruined Garden (see above), as it's an emotionally difficult book to read-it fills me with rage at the injustice done to the Jewish People)-also The Mystery of the Aleph, Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity by Amir D. Aczel (which is just plain difficult for my little ol' right-brain-the math and concept of infinity, that is-). I have to mention that I am also now reading State of Fear by Michael Crichton and, as with all of his other books, I can't put it down.

10. Tag 5 people: ok, hopefully the forthcoming are "memely inclined" (thanks be to AbbaGav for coining this phrase) and will actually respond in the affirmative [in their spare time, of course; and I beg forgiveness-well, not exactly 'beg'-if you already were tagged previously]:
I hereby tag:

  • socialworkerfrustratedmom
  • Anonym00kie
  • ayala
  • David
  • Elie
  • Comments

    anonym00kie said…
    ooo ... soon.. patience.. please...
    Yup I did it and I tagged david and am still waiting for him to do it. thanks
    Hi there, and thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I left you a response under your comment.

    I'm like you in that I'm horrible about starting a book and then leaving it lying around for ages, while in the meantime I start other books.

    You mentioned a book that I think I'd enjoy reading. It is _The Mystery of the Aleph, Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity_.
    kasamba said…
    Well done!!
    I'm going to go on amazon right now!
    Heavy reading there..

    I'll get to mine ..I promise..
    thanks for the tag..
    Gavriel said…
    Your multiple book habit is one I share, although on a different scale. (I've got about 50 abandoned books lying around waiting for attention. Hmm. I wonder if I'm really ever going to read them?) Sorry to hear you lost a version to the ether. A lot of my best work is there too. Nice job.

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