Book Meme

Book Meme [via Jennifer]

A book that made you cry

The Lovely Bones
– Alice Sebold

A book that scared you

The Plot Against America
– Philip Roth

A book that made you laugh

Lucy Talk
– Fiona Walker

A book that disgusted you
I haven’t read a book that disgusted me.

A book you loved in elementary school

Brief aan de Koning
/Geheimen van het Wilde Woud
– Tonke Dragt

A book you loved in middle school

In the Netherlands, you don’t really have a middle school. After six years of elementary/primary school, you enter high school. When I was around middle school age, I read everything by Thea Beckman. My most favorite are her two trilogies, one about the Hundred Year’s War and one about a possible future.
The trilogy on the Hundred Year’s War: Geef Me de Ruimte / Triomf van de Verschroeide Aarde / Het Rad van Fortuin
The trilogy on a possible future: Kinderen van Moeder Aarde / Het Helse Paradijs / Het Gulden Vlies van Thule
I can recommend both these trilogies, and I hope to see them translated into English soon! (no idea if this is a future project, though!)

A book you loved in high school

Pillars of the Earth
– Ken Follet / Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth / Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

A book you hated in high school

Ubu Roi
– Alfred Jarry

A book you loved in college

Pride and Prejudice
– Jane Austen (and not just in college)

A book that challenged your identity

The Zahir
– Paolo Coelho

A series that you love

In Death
series – JD Robb / M. Didius Falco – Lindsey Davis / Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

Your favorite horror book

The Historian
– Elisabeth Kostova

Your favorite science fiction book

Some Star Trek: Voyager books

Your favorite fantasy

Lord of the Rings Trilogy
– JRR Tolkien / Dragon Bone Chair series – Tad Williams

Your favorite mystery

A Dying Light in Corduba
(M. Didius Falco series) – Lindsey Davis

Your favorite biography

I don’t think I have ever read a “star’s” biography, but I guess Life of King Alfred by the Welsh monk Asser is a good guess.

Your favorite “coming of age” book

No idea if this is a “coming of age” book, but Two Lives by Vikram Seth is a wonderful tale of the author about his great-uncle and aunt.

Your favorite classic

The Canterbury Tales
– Geoffrey Chaucer

Your favorite romance book

Vita Brevis
– Jostein Gaarder

Your favorite book not on this list

Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow
– Peter Høeg