Good Book Survey
Here's an interesting book survey I saw at Goosing the Antithesis and decided to take up. Enjoy and tackle it yourself, should you choose to accept....
1. A book that changed your life.
As cliché as it is, The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. It's the book that really tipped the scales for me towards science and rationality while keeping me from becoming a hate-filled, spiteful bastard...although you wouldn't know it from a lot of posts on this blog.
2. A book you've read more than once.
I haven't read any book more than once, if I remember correctly, but I do go back frequently and re-read sections of books. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman is one of those, as is Sophi's World.
3. 1 book you'd want on a desert island.
I thought about this one and I'd have to agree with my fellow survey filler-outers and say the SAS Survival Guide, with the added point that I would like the pages to be laminated.
4. 1 book that made you giddy.
Stiff by Mary Roach. It's a great piece about human cadavers and what they're used for in many different areas. Interesting and, at times, hilarious.
5. 1 book you wish that had been written.
Any one of those stupid Chicken Soup for the... books. They make major coin, I just don't think I could look myself in the mirror.
6. 1 book that made you sob.
Want to know what a huge puss I am? Love Story. I read this in high school and the end actually made me cry. I suck.
7. 1 book you wish had never been written.
The Celestine Prophecy. If more stupid, self-important bullshit has been said in the name of another book (minus religious tomes), I'd like to hear it. James Redfield is a douchenozzle.
8. 1 book you're currently reading.
The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins. It's great and I'm enjoying the journey backwards through evolutionary time to meet some of my extremely distant relatives. If only the rest of the world would accept evidence for all of their beliefs instead of just the day to day stuff, we'd be better off.
9. 1 book you've been meaning to read.
I have to say more than one book, because I have gotten through most of the Bible, I've hit parts of the Koran, and I'd like to plow through the other religious texts. The problem is that they're just so goddamn boring, redundant and pointless (not to mention threatening, scary, and completely fucked) that they hurt my head. Eventually I'll get through them.