Friday, January 4, 2008

tagged: the Book meme

Ok, I’ve been tagged so I’ll do it - Like Christine, I am a voracious reader. I do NOT promise to keep it to the “one” book per category, though!

1.Book that changed your life:
The Happiest Baby on the Block”, by Dr. Karp. I’m not sure what we would have done without it for the first several months of a colicky, screaming baby. This is a great book that helps give tools to use for the fussy/high maintenance infant. Also, the Bioethics and Medical Ethics books that I’ve read, as they have helped me explain sexual and medical morality a lot better, something that I find important, and was very applicable in my professional days as a nurse.

Spiritually: “Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer”, by Fr. Thomas Dubay. AMAZING book, really challenged my commitment to growing spiritually and falling in love with the Lord. Also, the writing by and about Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. I read a lot on her in preparing for a medical mission trip I went on my senior year of college, and the way she totally emptied herself and showed unconditional love is enough to change anyone!

2. Book I’ve read more than once: ha! A LOT of them, actually. “Les Miserables”, by Victor Hugo tops the list at 6.5 times – I never get tired of it! “Story of a Soul”, Saint Therese of Liseux. “Chronicles of Narnia”, C.S. Lewis. “Love and Responsibility”, Pope JPII “A Return to Modesty”, Wendy Shalit – Modesty is way more than dressing appropriately. A must-read! “Cheaper by the Dozen” true story about the Gilbreth family. Funny! Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

3. Book I’d want on a desert island: “How to make a large boat with a palm tree and some sand” Seriously, something LONG, either by volume (a thick anthology of literature comes to mind) or long by depth, like writing of the Mystics – Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Liseux. Writings by Pope John Paul II would be good, too – all these would take me a while as they tend to cause great reflection and meditation.

4.Book that made me laugh: “Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy”, Vicki Iovine. I laughed so hard every time I picked it up! A must for pregnant women – it takes all the usual info and breaks it down in a real blunt way that only a “girlfriend” can do! “Cheaper by the Dozen” fits in this category, too. Dave Barry’s “Guide to Guys” and other by Dave Barry – this guy is hilarious! Erma Bombeck is always good for a laugh, too.

5. Book that made me cry: “Nicholas and Alexandra”, Robert K. Massie. I knew the ending and I still cried! “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks, a true romance novel. Note: I am not counting anything that affected my emotions while pregnant. That wouldn’t be fair. Anything where the hero dies in a beautiful and self-sacrificing manner.

6. Book I wish had been written: “The sure-fire easy way to get your child to sleep through the night with nobody crying.” “How to organize your life without doing any of the work”

7. Book that should never have been written: I can think of lots of books I don’t like, but none that I would go so far to say that they are evil and should never have been written… I’ll update if I can think of any. ...maybe trashy romance novels.

8. Book(s) I’m currently reading: “Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell After Pregnancy”, (not that it’s doing me too much good, yet). “Stolen Lives: 20 Years in a Desert Jail” by Malika Oufkir (true story). “Advent and Christmas with Fulton Sheen” daily meditations. “What to Expect the First Year”, “I’m Just Here for the Food”, Alton Brown, “Anna Karenina” by Tolstoy

9. Book I’ve been meaning to read: “The Letters of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.” – with a strong devotion to the Sacred Heart, and St. Margaret Mary being the patron of my household in college you would think I would have read it by now… Also, more of Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Sienna. One day, one day…

So I’m not going to tag anyone, as the only ones that I know who read my blog have already been thus. So, if anyone wants to do it, please leave me a comment so I can read your responses!


Maria said...

Big ditto on Dave Barry. He is hysterical!!!

Christine said...

What good books. I'll have to read some of them. Hope y'all have some peaceful nights in the near future.