Book Meme: You Show Me Yours and I'll Show You Mine

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Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office

wall to wall booksSomething tells me those of you who love to blog also love to read. I bet some of you are  pretty darn good writers too, even BTB (Before The Blogosphere).  I am starting a meme, which surprises me probably more than it surprises you. I thought it would be a good way to get to know each other, and allow anyone reading our blogs to do the same. It's summer and a perfect time to read, not that there is ever a bad time.

Please pick your Top Five books of all time, and tell us why you like them so much. Are there books you find yourself revisiting? At some point in your life did you find a book so enthralling  you had to read it from start to finish without putting it down -- even if that put your entire life on hold for a day? You can use any criteria for favorite books and the only thing I ask is that you describe why you like the book so much.  Personally I think it's only a slightly difficult exercise because narrowing it down to five might be tough. Of course you can take some creative license and make the list longer :-) 

***When you post, please come back here and link to your blog. You can post this on any blog 'home' you choose, but please come back  and link to it here so we can all find it more easily and also see what books we should add to our reading lists!

****Please tag or meme a few people after you are done so we can learn about them too.

I've enjoyed reading ever since the days my Friend Since Five Connie and I walked to the library...and get stars on a chart there for working on and completing a book reading list. Maybe some of you who are as old as dirt as I am remember those days. As a young girl read Mary Stuart mysteries. The only name I can remember now is The Crystal Cave. I was enamored. In college I devoured every biography or music theory related book and everything on Beethoven. I lean towards non-fiction more often than not, but a great novel is always a joy. Lately I have enjoyed reading my same Friend Since Five's Pepper Martin mysteries. I can't help plugging this; the first book in this series is entitled The Don and the Dead. Trust me on this, if you like mysteries, you will read the last page and be clamoring for the next book.

I'm currently re-reading The White Album by Joan Didion. She is fabulous and of course half the world agrees with me.

As soon as I hit send I will be sorry I included one book and not another, but here goes: 3C's Top Five Books of All Time

  1. All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque. I remember it vividly. Freshman year in college. I started the book late one night kept reading until three am.  I had a morning economics class and was so affected by the book, I called my Econ professor (Dr. James Burke) and told him I was emotionally drained and still reading. I'll never forget what he said: 'there are times in life when going to class takes second billing to experiencing real life in such a way that it can't be stopped or put aside.'  It took a lot for me to miss that class since Dr. Burke is also one of the best professor's I ever had. The book is probably familiar to a lot of you, written from the perspective of a German soldier in WWI.

2. Season Ticket, by Roger Angell. It's really a collection of essays. Angell has written other books about baseball which are also excellent, but this one is my favorite, dealing specifically with seasons occurring in the 80s. I love David Cone and he also wrote an excellent book about pitching featuring Cone (yes I was a Conehead.  I guess considering my last name, I still am!) Play Ball!

3.  Truman, by David McCullough. He's probably best known for his book on John Adams. I admit to being a bit of a contrarian. I have not read that book (the Adams book) because it was so popular and everyone else seems to have read it. Yes, dumb reason I'm sure. And I have not seen Forest Gump for the same reason. You guys can draw your own conclusion. Back to the book! The Harry Truman era is not covered as much in the book world and that alone made me want to keep turning pages. McCullough's writing style is wonderful. He covers the decades from Truman's youth up through his death. It allows for striking contrasts because Harry Truman's life spanned the 1880s through 1972.I felt as if I was there, through ALL of those decades in history. Not to mention how colorful Harry Truman was, so again, I loved this book.

4. Look Homeward Angel, by Thomas Wolfe. Could not put this down. It's autobiographical and took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Well written, joyous and disturbing and wonderful. Seriously, it's one of the best written books I've ever read. I wish I could write like that!

 5. Another Life, by Michael Korda. Korda spent most of his life with Simon and Schuster. Who doesn't like to read about famous people? I know I do! He was assigned to people as diverse as Mob Boss Joseph Bonnano to Jacqueline Susann (the chapter on her is worth the price of the entire book!). This book came out at the end of the 1990s... I remember buying it and reading it as a gleeful, well written escape. A great look into the world of publishing.

I'm already worried about hitting 'send' and then saying omg I left this or that book off the list. But I will do it anyway.  AND, I am providing some Amazon.com links to preview the books here, but of course I hope you will choose to go to a local, independent bookseller in your neighborhood to purchase it :-)  Peace Out - 3C

I am meming : Jill Zimon, Connie Laux, Brian Brady, Ed Rybczynski, Kristal Kraft, Elaine Reese, Jason Sardi, Teresa Boardman, Maggie Dokic, Mark Lastition, Bonnie Erickson, Jeff Turner, Craig Schiller, Margaret Rome,   Geno Petro, Linda Davis and Mitchell Hall.

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Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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I posted mine to that group Cheryl and joined the group.  Of course I  posted my book meme to the Meme group too...  

thanks Cheryl!

Aug 04, 2007 03:48 AM #27
Rainer
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
Thanks, Cheryl, very good idea. I'll add it now.
Aug 04, 2007 04:01 AM #28
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Toby Boyce
C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. - Delaware, OH
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Just posted my Meme on my AR blog. http://activerain.com/blogsview/165699/As-Requested-Toby-s

Enjoy!

Aug 05, 2007 12:24 PM #29
Rainer
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Toby I thank you for your meme and what a great insight into the books you are recommending. So glad there is a baseball factor on it too! 
Aug 05, 2007 12:38 PM #30
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Katerina Gasset
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Just posted my Meme on my AR blog too at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/165790/O-K-Toby-Meme Katerina
Aug 05, 2007 02:33 PM #31
Rainer
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Katerina I loved reading your list!
Aug 05, 2007 03:47 PM #32
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Ed Rybczynski
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Carole

I found a hard bound edition of Truman at a used bookstore yesterday.   I'll share my thoughts as the reading adventure unfolds. 

Aug 06, 2007 11:17 PM #33
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Wonderful Ed, I look forward to it!

I went to the library today armed with a list of five books to start from these memes; the only one they had in stock was The Devil In The White City so that is my first read.

I am also going to go in and let people know when I have read one of their recommendations. 

We might not hear from you for a while :-)

Aug 07, 2007 01:18 PM #34
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Carole Cohen
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Connie and I have been friends since we were five, so, we rarely listen to each other LOL. I was surprised when she even commented here about books. I memed her, she wrote a post on her blog, and did not link LOL.  So here is The Little Blog of Murder post on her favorite books.
Aug 11, 2007 11:58 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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I wonder if I knew about The Little Blog of Murder  from you Carol.  I have it on my blogroll on at least one of my blogs.  hmmmmmmm.
Aug 11, 2007 09:36 PM #36
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Carole Cohen
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I don't know Maureen, I know I featured her on my realtown blog; but you could have found it out in the blogosphere too.
Aug 12, 2007 05:24 AM #37
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Maureen McCabe
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Or maybe I saw it on your blog.  I don't believe so though.  I think I just found it as an Ohio blog at some point.  Neat that you knew her since you were 5.
Aug 12, 2007 05:31 AM #38
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Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
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Here is my list. I'm meming Lenn Harley, Jeff Belonger and Jessica Hughes. Any one else feel free
Aug 13, 2007 02:50 AM #39
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Jeff Belonger
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Carol....  I have read All Quiet on the Western Front.  I have never heard of your 2nd selection, Season Ticket, which sounds interesting. And before I even read what you wrote about it, I already had an idea because of the title and because I know that you are an avid baseball fan. And Truman sounds very interesting. So does the John Adams book.

 

Here is my book meme....   :  My Dirty Book meme.......... What those inquiring minds would like to know.

jeff belonger

 

Aug 14, 2007 12:33 AM #40
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Carole Cohen
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Jeff, you would like Season Ticket, I think. And I'm off to read your meme. Does Dirty Book mean you eat while you read and get peanut butter on the pages??? lol
Aug 14, 2007 12:40 AM #41
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Michael I. Pulskamp
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Ok Carole, Here are my books Reading is FUNdamental.

 Great Idea!

Aug 18, 2007 07:17 AM #42
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Rob and Camille Di Maio
San Antonio Real Estate - Keller Williams Legacy - San Antonio, TX

Hello!  I have just joined this group.  I LOVE reading, and I am so thankful that my three daughters - 8, 7, and 3 have picked up this addictive habit, too!  We love visiting the Scholastic Warehouse Sales several times a year, and we come away with boxes and boxes of books.  I think our home resembles something close to a library.  (Which we also visit at least weekly.)

 Top five books?  That is a tough one!  But here goes.  I'm adding the Amazon links so that you can read more about them.

Olivia and Jai by Rebecca Ryman

http://www.amazon.com/Olivia-Jai-Rebecca-Ryman/dp/0143029770/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197559974&sr=8-1

The setting is British-occupied India.  A young British woman visits her family in India and falls for and outcast and half-caste young man who is also the business enemy of her family.  This is the first novel written by Rebecca Ryman, and it blows you away.  As you can see from Amazon feedback, the book gets very high reviews.  Rebecca went on to write The Veil of Illusion and Shalimar, both also very good, but nothing measures up to the intrigue of the first.

I Ask St. Philomena by Rick Medina

http://www.amazon.com/Ask-St-Philomena-Rick-Medina/dp/1592760171/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197560199&sr=1-1

This little book take about an hour to read, but was so inspiring to me.  The book is only somewhat about St. Philomena, a 3rd century martyr.  She was a princess of Corfu, Greece, who was killed by the Emperor Diocletian when she was only 13.  She also happens to be the patron saint of real estate! 

Anyway, the book is based on how this very contemporary, not necessarily religious man learned about her life, and how she had a significant influence on him.  He uses his example as a way of choosing someone to be a spiritual mentor for you the way we have business mentors.  I have handed it out to both Catholic and non-Catholic friends, all of whom loved it.

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

http://www.amazon.com/Counting-Kisses-Kiss-Read-Book/dp/068985658X/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197560374&sr=1-2

I know you are all probalby looking for great literature here, but we raise great readers by reading to them when they're young.  This little gem is one that I read before my daughers go to bed.  It is a family favorite.  It is a simple counting book that kisses them to sleep.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

http://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cristo-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140449264/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197560512&sr=1-1

If you don't believe me, believe the 89 (out of 101) people on Amazon that gave it five stars.  I saw the movie and loved it, so I wanted to read the book.  I think it is about 1500 pages, and I read it non-stop for five days.  It is SO much more thorough than the movie - a book that long would have to be, wouldn't it?  It is a tale of love and revenge and wealth and power.  Mostly it strikes at the human nature to want to get back at those that have wronged you, and where that quest takes him.

I'm going to have to make #5 a general mystery category.  I love, love, love anythiny by Agatha Christie.  Also, the famous novelist of British/Indian historical fiction, M.M.Kaye has also written about five mysteries.  They all start with "death", such as Death in Zanzibar, Death in Cyprus, etc.  The locations are just delicious, as are the captivating stories.

I would love to make it sounds like my favorites are much more lofty, but I really just love to relax with a well-written story.

I look foward to reading everyone's reviews and finding some more picks for my library list.

 

 

 

Dec 13, 2007 02:08 AM #43
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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I don't know who is writing, Rob or Camille, but I'm guessing Camille? Hello, and thank you for your cool list.  I didn't even know we had a patron saint of real estate! The only ones I have read on your list are the Agatha Christie.  Very intrigued by the Olivia and Jai book.  Lofty shmofty, reading is good escape too! Thanks and I hope we DO get more people's lists.  I think Death In Zanzibar is my first order from your list!
Dec 13, 2007 05:26 PM #44
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Nancy Pav
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Carole,

I think I'd have to think long and hard about my 5 favorite books.  I do have to say though that I absolutely love the title to your post!

Jan 11, 2008 09:23 AM #45
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Carole Cohen
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LOL Hi Nancy nice to meet you and thanks, it's the title of one of my fav Kris Kristofferson songs - yes I do like other stuff besides punk and alternative lol

 You know, since I wrote this post I have changed my mind about a top five several times so I feel your pain! :-)

Jan 11, 2008 03:52 PM #46
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