Book Meme

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
I’ll confess that this question baffles me a little. One of my favorite books of all time is Animal Farm, so I’ll pick that one. I read it in high school and it has stuck with me all this time. “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Oh yeah. When I was in my early 20’s I read mystery novels all the time and was always attracted to the damsel in distress. At the time Dean Koontz was my favorite author. My tastes have changed over time, I don’t get in to his work much anymore.

But most recently, I had a crush on Arwen (LOTR). It happened when she told Aragon that her heart was her own, and she could give it to whom ever she chooses. Wow.

The last book you bought is:
The last book that I bought was a 2005 FAR/AIM (Federal Avaition Regulations and Airman Information Manual). I know, I know, not very exciting. But it means that I’ll be a current pilot soon, and that IS exciting.

I think the proper answer to the question is probably Blue Like Jazz. Donald Miller rocks.

The last book you read:
Uh, Blue Like Jazz. I liked it so much that I couldn’t put it down and I read all the way through it in something like four days. If it makes any difference at all, I also finished Ender’s Game recently.

What are you currently reading?
I’m half way through close to fifteen books (literally) at the moment, but I’ll be kind and skip the textbooks.

  • Search for Significance – I really like this book because McGee stays very close to the message of the gospel. You can have confidence in yourself because God loves you. He then walks you through finding what motivates your choices and actions. Its been so good to look at this stuff.
  • Searching for God Knows What – I really have to be careful about making an icon of Donald Miller. Most of what he writes resonates strongly with me. Its like I already felt most of the stuff that he says, I just never took the time to complete the thought. I’m about half way through this book now, and I really like it. I’m working on a separate post explaining what I like about Miller’s work.
  • Six Pillars of Self-Esteem – it has been particularly good to read this along side Search for Significance. At first I thought the psychobabble wouldn’t be able to help me, becuase I’m interested in finding my identity in Christ. Turns out its really helpful. I’ll paraphrase Branden’s words: “There is no way for our mind to avoid registering the choices we make in the way we operate and no way for our sense of self to remain unaffected. If we are children of God, the question remains, what are we going to do about it? If we betray ourselves and our powers, if we live mindlessly, purposelessly, and without integrity, can we buy our way out, can we acquire self-esteem, by claiming to be God’s relatives?”
  • Thinking Physics – I started reading this one to help with a physics class that I was taking. I have continued to read through it a couple of times now because its just cool to understand the physics behind our world. Plus, Epstein has a very fluid way of explaining complex concepts, so its like you aren’t even learning, you’re just reading about cool stuff. It really is fun to understand the way the world works.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

  • The Bible (New International Version) – can’t live without this one.
  • Ender’s Game – this is one great novel.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia – yeah, I know, this is really seven books. I feel that its okay cheat on this one because they come in a boxed set.
  • Romeo & Juliet – gotta have some Shakespeare, and this is the picture of love.
  • Practicing His Presence – if I’m going to be alone, I don’t want to REALLY be alone. Y,know?

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons), and why?
Um, not all of the people I picked have blogs. I decided that’s okay, I’ll list them anyway.

  • FreedomDefender – because he’s a reader.
  • Dad – because he reads cool stuff.
  • B-Dub – because he has a blog and he reads.