"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." (Francis Bacon)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Booked by 3: May, My Answers

Was so busy crafting and trying to finish the book I was reading before my vacation that I forgot to post my answers to my own meme. So, here goes.

1. Name up to 3 books you think everyone should read.

I thought a lot about this. Should I give varied titles? Work off a theme? There are too many books I consider a must. So, I'll go with 3 cautionary tales.
  1. 1984 (more relevant today than ever)
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird (the dangers of prejudice)
  3. The Plot Against America (demonstrates how easy it can be to lose freedoms in the name of security)
2. Name up to 3 authors you think everyone should read.
  1. Philip Roth (a true wordsmith)
  2. Arthur Clarke (his books show true vision)
  3. Minette Walters (suspense/mystery doesn't get better than her books)
3. Name up to 3 books no one should read.

I knew going in this would be iffy. I don't like telling people a book doesn't have redeeming qualities. Just because I don't like a book doesn't mean someone else won't like it. So, I won't name titles, but I will say that just because someone is an expert on a subject doesn't mean he or she can write a novel about that subject.

And I found John Grisham's The Firm oddly disappointing. Halfway through, I realized the protag was always a step or two ahead of the baddies and that just killed the suspense for me.

1 comment:

  1. hehe, for your answers to Q. 1&2 I've read each of the first two answers to the Q. but not the third.

    TOG and I were having our nightly pre-sleep chat the other day and he came up with a few q's I thought I might suggest for this month's booked by three.

    1. Do you read while on public transport or when on long journeys by train/tram/bus etc? And if so what is your preferred reading material for these trips?

    2. You see someone reading a book on the tram/train/bus and are impressed/want to get to know that person, what is the book? Name three possibilities.

    3. If you were wanting to catch someone's eye, what book would you be reading? Name three possibilities.