Book Meme – Recall What You Read

I came across this book meme on blogosphere longtime back.

One book that changed your life

My answer is cliché.

The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo

It gave me an important message about life. The thing we are looking for in our life is actually somewhere nearby us. We have to look hard for it.

Notes to MyselfAnother book would be Notes to Myself by Hugh Prather. Read it, it would be quite revealing about yourself.

One book that you’ve read more than once

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

No, I am not that big fan of Watson and Holmes duo. And usually no matter how much I love a book, I do not read it again. But there was a period in my life when there was a scarcity of books to read. I had read up all the books from my mother’s school library. I was out of school and there was no local library. I re-read the little books I had to kill time.

One book you’d want on a desert island

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Desert If there is a book like that. 😛

One book that made you laugh

A guide to naughty girl’s life

A guide to Naughty Girl’s Life – This book is hilarious. It has some teeny weeny advice to naughty girls on various aspects of life. I will try to put up a suitable sample of comic some humorous excerpt from the book if I get time.

One book that made you cry

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This personal blog post will tell you how intimately this book moved me.

One book that you wish had been written

How to Calm an Impatient Soul

I need ultimate guide to curb patience. Impatience is a killing malaise in my life. 😦

One book that you wish had never been written

It would be unfair to pick on one. There are dozens, especially if you look at the later works of a famous, successful writer.

After writing one or two good books, some of these celebrity authors write nonsense monologues. Their books seem self-obsessed with their prose. These books seem as if they have been hastily written to meet a publisher’s deadline. I feel such books should be banned as we readers end up wasting our hard-earned money on their silly, conceited books.

Two books you’re currently reading

Complete works of Rudyard Kipling

Don’t worry I am lying. 🙂 I have not even begun to read this book because the font size is not to my liking. Have you ever abandoned a book because you do not like the small, uninteresting font it has? Or is it just me?

Hey, but I am reading The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru. Started this morning.

One book you’ve been meaning to read

Some vain books like Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella 🙂

The Lord of the Rings series. I am looking for a free book with nice fonts. If you have the book, feel free to lend it to me. 🙂

If you feel like doing this meme, consider yourself tagged. 🙂

Another Book Meme:
How many books have you read?

20 Responses to “Book Meme – Recall What You Read”

  1. 1 ish March 12, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Oh, I’ve been meaning to read soo many books. It’s sad that I’ve left my habit of reading now because of completely screwed up time management. I’m hoping to catch up with that habit once life decides to come on track.

    The Kite Runner was one great book. I know I cry easily but I had never imagined a book could make me cry, yet this one did. And not just once. The instance when Baba died was very emotional. I really loved the character and how the author showed his fall. I’ve been meaning to read Khaled’s other book “A thousand splendid Suns” but there’s no time.

    Having said that, I did read Angels and Demons from Dan Brown recently. It was very cool I thought. Have you read it?

  2. 2 crazypinkvanilla March 12, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    I was wondering if you could tell me more about the book, Notes to Myself, Is it his story or is it like a guide to Life kind of book. Just curious 🙂
    You have a great day! ~FaithAnne

  3. 3 Liju Philip March 13, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Looks like you are quite a bookaholic 😉 Alchemist didnt appeal to me much. I felt it was quite boring. I rather liked “Eleven Minutes” of Paulo Cohelo.

  4. 4 Poonam Sharma March 13, 2008 at 4:06 am

    @Ish: Let the exams get over. I am sure you will get back to reading. I didn’t tag you because you are preparing for exams. Lagta hai raat bhar padhai ho rahi hai, you have written this comment just bout the time I logged off after posting.

    I read Thousand Splendid Suns. I thought The Kite Runner was better and more moving. Splendid Suns was little tragic but less triumph.

    @crazypinkvanilla: Notes to Myself has small thoughtful sentences or paragraphs about various aspects of life. Reading this is quite thought-provoking. I will try to write a para her for you to read.

    @Liju Philip: Yup, I am bookaholic as well as movie- aholic. You can say Alchemist was boring, but the message was somthing to learn for me. I did not believe in omens and other things it talk about, only the end message.

    I did not like Eleven Minutes because it was inspired by Seven Minutes by Irving Wallace. Somehow, it fell short of its muse in comparison in my mind.

  5. 5 ish March 13, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Yeah, raat bhar padhaai ho rahi hai, kam se kam koshish toh ho hi raha hai. I feel night is a bIetter time for one to study..everybody goes to sleep and there’s not much of a disturbance or distraction.

    Poonam: I completely agree. I ahve done the same. I actually still do the same. 🙂 Moreover, I am not a morning person at all. What about you?

  6. 6 aart March 13, 2008 at 11:11 am


    I’m a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He’s the first best-selling
    author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:

    Have a nice day!


  7. 7 lallopallo March 13, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Notes to Myself inspired me to blog ( to some extent atleast)..

  8. 8 ish March 14, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Same, even I can’t get up early and do anything. Mereko to 8-9 bajte hi hain actually hosh mein aane mein.

  9. 9 Ruhi March 15, 2008 at 6:31 am

    I remember reading Notes to Myself when I was in school…probably 10 yrs back. I was very impressed by it then. I’m not sure if I’ll still like the book, but it was definitely enjoyable at that age. 🙂

  10. 10 Amyth March 15, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    I should read “A guide to Naughty Girl’s Life” .. That will give me insights on my otherwise horrible womanising skills! :mrgreen:

  11. 11 Poonam Sharma March 17, 2008 at 7:36 am

    @Art: Thanks for sharing the link. I have been to this site and read bit of his new book.

    @lallopallo: How did that inspire? By making you introspect?

    @ish: I knew this trait would be similar in both. Hoping ki padahai chal rahi hai?

    @ruhi: I guess going back would have another round of introspection. This time with a mature mind. 😛

    @amyth: Ah ah, it has secrets women would strictly guard. Your girlfriend/wife mite kill me for it. 😛

  12. 12 sulz March 18, 2008 at 5:18 am

    oh, you should definitely read the shopaholic books by kinsella at least once, that’s like classic chick lit. don’t worry if you hate the protagonist at first, like i did, because after reading on she totally redeemed herself and you just fall in love with her craziness!

    and if you like the bridget jones movies, you should read the books because they’re much better than the movies, even though they are pretty good too. 🙂

  13. 13 Poonam Sharma March 18, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I read Bridget Jones book first and then I saw the movie. I would say book was better. Yup, I look forward to read Sohpie Kinsella. 🙂

  14. 14 crazypinkvanilla March 19, 2008 at 4:32 am

    I have never read Angels and Demons but my brother has the book… planning on reading it next week 🙂
    It sounds interesting.

    Have you ever read The Book of The Dead?

    What do you think of it if you have.

  15. 15 Poonam Sharma March 20, 2008 at 4:02 am

    @crazypinkvanilla: I haven’t read The Book of the Dead. If you recommend it, I will try to find it.

  16. 16 jaiz March 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Alchemist , ofcourse is one of favourite not because of the drama .. but it directly signifies that as human we are searching something which is deep down inside… and we only know what is deep inside of us..

    “when you really want something , the universe always conspires in your favour”

    “Intution is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life”

  17. 17 Poonam Sharma March 21, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    @Jaiz: How aptly you have written the message of Alchemist here.

    “when you really want something , the universe always conspires in your favour”

    A current Bollywood hit movie Om Shanti Om has used this as a crucial dialogue in the movie.

  18. 18 ish March 22, 2008 at 5:35 am

    That kaynat waala dialogue was from The Alchemist? Wow.

  19. 19 Poonam Sharma March 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    @Ish: yes ish, now you know. 🙂

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