Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Playing Along

Michelle at Magical Musings is doing this today, and since I'm a sucker for blog links, I'm going to play, too. (In case you aren't a "sucker for blog links," become one by clicking on the "this" link, as well as "Michelle at Magical Musings.")

Here are my answers to the request at "this" link:

  • What book(s) made you a better writer? Writing True, The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction, by Sondra Perl and Mimi Schwartz.
  • What book(s) made you cry? Wow, that's a tough one. Gotta go with Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper and of course, Little Women (need I mention the author?).
  • What book(s) made you laugh until you were in tears? All of Christopher Moore's books. Every stinkin' one of them.
  • What book(s) made you feel like you could conquer the world? The Artists' Way by Julia Cameron.
  • What book(s) have you read three times or more? None. Twice, yes, but three times, never.
  • What book(s) kept you up all night reading? Back when I could read at night, it was Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin and (blush) Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls.
  • What book(s) do you want to read again? Nicole Galland's Fool's Tale.
  • Any other recommendations? Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama.

7 comments:

Edie Ramer said...

I've read many writing books, but the three that stand out for me are Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown and Dave King and Save the Cat by Blake Snyder.

I don't think any book I read made me feel like I could conquer the world. Though there has been some comic books ...

Kath Calarco said...

I want to check out Save the Cat, merely because it gives the impression of showing more than one way to do things (you know, "More than one way to skin a cat...). Thanks for sharing these, Edie! I already have the other two you mentioned.

Natasha Fondren said...

What is odd is that I have picked up every single one of Christopher Moore's books and thought that I wanted to read it. I'm perplexed as to why I haven't read a one of them, yet. Definitely going on the list!

I loved Artists' Way.

Ooh... I want to read the book that made you blush! :-)

Kath Calarco said...

Natasha, I hope you won't be disappointed in Moore's books. I have to warn you, they are a bit irreverent at times, which is why I loved them. The best one, imo, was Dirty Job. It was touching in a quirky sort of way.

I blush at admitting that I stayed up at night to read Valley of the Dolls. At the time the book was taboo for teens. I was probably 14 or 15 when I read it. Mom would have killed me...

Robin said...

So sorry I'm late in welcoming you back! Welcome back, Savvy! I missed ya!

I feel very under-read (is that a word?) after reading your list and am jotting a few titles down...

Marcia Colette said...

I don't recall ever reading a book three times or more. Perhaps twice. In fact, I'm reading one now that I've read before and only because I found it piled under a stack of old phone books in the nursery. For some reason, I opened it to the first chapter and now I'm a quarter of the way through the book again.

Kath Calarco said...

Marcia, it must be a great book to get you to re-read it. :) But I'm like you. Never have a read the same book three times. Twice, maybe, and I've had good intentions to read some more than once, but just never get to them.