Remember 'memes'? I found an unfinished one in my drafts when looking for an old recipe. The meme went all the way back to 2006. I had intended to answer it at the time but never got around to it.
Memes were an enjoyable waste of time because you had to think about what you wrote, but they died out when things got faster on the web. Now you can insult people in a few seconds on Twitter.
So let's resurrect the meme and wallow in a bit of web nostalgia.
The 'one book' meme, circa 2006.
1. One book that changed your life.
Books don't change your life. Not really. Unless you count changing the way you read. I read John Buchan's Greenmantle online in 1999, which is last century. But I changed straight back to reading hard copies again, and have read very few online since. Nor do I own an e-reader. I will one day.
2. One book you have read more than once.
Farewell, My Lovely. Curiously, one edition had the comma in the title; another didn't. Most likely a pretentious cover art designer thought it interfered with his design. Chandler would roll in his grave. The omitted comma changes the sense from a personal goodbye to an imperative directed at a third party.
3. One book you would want on a desert island.
Encyclopaedia Britannica. I could read it in summer (or build a shade house with it), and burn it in winter, for warmth.
4. One book that made you cry.
I can't recall crying over any book after childhood. But when I was four or five I genuinely cried over a picture book in which a character was left by his friend who mistakenly believed the character had done some damage to his house. The picture showed the friend driving away at top speed while the character rained down fat tears of abandonment and despair. I followed. Abandonment is the saddest experience.
5. One book that made you laugh.
Three Men in a Boat in adulthood, dozens in childhood, everything from Hugh Lofting to A. A. Milne to ... the question was one.
6. One book you wish had been written.
Biggles Finally Gets Von Stalhein by Capt. W. E. Johns.
7. One book you wish had never had been written.
The rest of Raymond Chandler's previously unfinished Poodle Springs.
8. One book you are currently reading.
Ferretabilia: The Life and Times of Nation Review by Richard Walsh. (University of Queensland Press 1993.) A great find - I picked it up for a few dollars in Savers last week. Walsh selected extracts from the 1970s counterculture newspaper, adding his own commentary. While nominally leftwing, Nation Review was so politically incorrect it could not possibly be published now thanks to the hair-trigger sensitivity of today's social culture. The book is littered with early Leunig art from the newspaper, making it a treasure.
9. One book you have been meaning to read.
So Greek: Memoirs of a Conservative Leftie by Nikki Savva. I finally bought it yesterday - the last copy at Readings - so I'll get around to it soon.
Over to you. Answer as few or as many as you wish, or make up new questions.