The writing bug has bit again — along with close to three dozen mosquitoes while trying to conduct a profitable yard sale — but blog I must.
So, to wrap up this week of strange and wonderful posts, I’ll close out with some pointless yet fun facts about yours truly.
A few days ago I was tagged via Facebook to list ten novels that stuck with me. Not strictly classics to show the world how impressive I am, just reading material that remains inside me long after having read the book.
Here they are in no particular order:
1. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. A Gentle Feuding – Johanna Lindsey
3. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
4. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
4. Lyle the Crocodile – Bernard Waber
5. Eugene Onegin – Alexander Pushkin
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
7. Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
8. Harold and the Purple Crayon -Crockett Johnson
9. Call of the Wild – Jack London
X. Seduce Me at Sunrise – Lisa Kleypas
This was a difficult challenge for me because there are so many more books that stuck with me. Friends I tagged posted their replies under mine, and one book in particular was The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes. The most disturbing book I’ve read to-date, and back when I was a college student no less. To this day, I cannot bring myself to drive past or down Eckles Road in Livonia, where one of the bodies was discovered.
A few hours later, I was tagged to do something much more difficult, which is to list 11 albums that had the same affect. Again, nothing epic or so classic as to convey snobbery to the enth degree. Just whatever still plays in my head years (or even decades) after having heard the tunes.
Again, in no particular order:
1. Physical Graffiti — Led Zeppelin
2. Young Americans — David Bowie
3. A Trick of the Tale — Genesis
4. Stare at the Sun — Jon Butcher Axis
5. Breakfast in America — Supertramp
6. Dream Weaver — Gary Wright
7. Square One — Gary Taylor
8. Rhythm Nation 1814 — Janet Jackson
9. Some Girls — Rolling Stones
10. Axis: Bold as Love — Jimi Hendrix
11. Bobby Valentino — Bobby Valentino
Music as old (or even older) than I am and yet when I first listened to these, they were simply amazing and I still recall most of the songs. It is quite often that one or more will pop into my head at the most unexpected moment to delight and entertain.
This turned out to be as difficult as the book memory challenge. There are as many great songs roaming around inside my mind as there are passages and scenes from some of the books I’ve read over the years.
These are fun pastimes and I look forward to being asked to participate in more 😀
PLEASE feel free to answer both or either of these questions in the comments section below. I’m just as curious to find out what you guys read and listen to!
To my American friends, have a terrific Labor Day Weekend! The rest of you do the same, of course 😉