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Cribbed from mysteena and mortuus:

1. I read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath every year. Every time I'm amazed that many women, including myself, are grappling with the same issues she did.

2. My favorite book (actually, a series) as a child was The Melendy Family by Elizabeth Enright. The Melendy kids' life was so different from mine - I'd like to re-read the series again soon.

3. Although we weren't well-off, my parents never refused to buy books for me. They didn't censor my reading either; I remember getting through a Sidney Sheldon book as a pre-teen.

4. I've only been able to finish one novel in French, and it was a short one. (Vu, Lu, Entendu by Driss Chraibi). I do much better with non-fiction and magazines in French. How many times have I mentioned that we have all the Harry Potter books in both languages?

5. When I was a teenager I read all of Victoria Holt's novels. And a lot of paperback romances. No Danielle Steele though.

6. When I am feeling blue I read Home Cooking and More Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin. Oddly I've never read any of Colwin's novels though I'm sure I'd enjoy them too.

7. My favorite books about books are Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman and the Book Lust books by Nancy Pearl.

8. When we were overseas, I read extensively about topics I didn't know much about - music, opera, ballet, art, architecture, film. I probably read more books of film reviews than I watched actual films. I had a subscription to the New Yorker and am still found of books by New Yorker staff. I quite enjoyed Men, Women, and Pianos: A Social History.

9. I have over 200 books saved in my delicious file.

10. I try to avoid books on international development, gender, diplomacy, international relations, and Africa, because I usually end up angry and disappointed. I will never write a book about my Peace Corps experience.

11. When I was younger and went to family events I always brought something to read with me. Peace Corps reinforced that habit.

12. I have all the BYU Women's Conference books.

13. I read a lot more sci-fi, horror, and fantasy books when I was younger. At one point I had all the Stephen King novels to date.

14. When I stay with Mohamed's family in his village in Morocco, people always wonder at how much I read.

15. I once had a boyfriend who read to me. I thought it was the most romantic thing ever.
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On January 11th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC), mysteena commented:
I have to go to the library this afternoon and check out The Bell Jar. I've never read it and you have sparked my curiosity!
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On January 11th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I often wonder if I'd be less depressed about The Bell Jar if I knew less about Sylvia Plath's life and death.
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On January 11th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC), oedipustheking commented:
I read the Bell Jar every year too!
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On January 11th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
The movie sucked but the book remains timeless. (I haven't seen "Sylvia" though.)
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On January 11th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC), ext_202381 commented:
What a fun list! Thanks for sharing!
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On January 12th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC), ext_172444 commented:
#10
But I really want to READ a book about your PC experience!
On January 12th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC), wendye replied:
Re: #10
me too!
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On January 12th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC), wendye commented:
#1. I've never read it, but when I'm done with this bar exam nonsense I will get it from the library.
#4. I have HP4 in Spanish, but it's kind of intimidating so I put it down after a few pages. Although I don't have problems reading books written in Spanish.
#5. Me too! Plus her various pen names
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On August 23rd, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC), themenow commented:
Hey, I did a search for mysteena and when the results popped up so did this. This is a really awesome list. Was it just 15 things about you and books?

Anyway, I've never read the Bell Jar or any of Sylvia's books. I think I worry about how it will affect me. However, I feel like it's an important work to at least try.
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On August 24th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yep! A meme about 15 things about me and books. I definitely recommend reading The Bell Jar, though it's depressing to realize how little life has changed for women.
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On August 24th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC), themenow replied:
dang, really? Then again, one of the reasons I dropped out of school was because I got no help from the husband.

I wonder if things will ever change.
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