My three books

3 books that describe me
Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness asked a question (via NPR) on her blog the other day: what three books summarize YOU? What books would you want someone to see on your shelf so they’d “get” you?

Here’s what immediately popped into my head:
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Mystery, magical realism/fantasy, book-related intrigue. Everything I like packaged into one really awesome book. (You may be familiar with the movie version starring Johnny Depp; believe me when I say the book is much better.)

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Humor, fantasy, things about what makes a person human and things about gods/religion/people and how that all blends together.

Going Solo by Roald Dahl. A travel memoir written by one of my favorite children’s book authors; it’s funny and enthralling and I had to get a nonfiction book in here somewhere.

Sooooo, based on these books, what sort of person would you think I am? As someone who like magic and adventures and enjoys funny situations that also make you think about how the world works? That’s what I’m hoping comes through, both in my book choices here and in the writing on my blog. (And maybe IRL, too, though that’s trickier to judge success on.)

Which three books describe you?

8 thoughts on “My three books”

  1. I picked out three in a comment on Kim’s post and have been second-guessing myself ever since. The only thing I feel sure of is that I’d have a Diana Wynne Jones book in there — probably Fire and Hemlock, right? Since that one’s my favorite? Except I keep thinking that Witch Week is ultimately more representative of the type of person I am.

    1. I forced myself to stay away from picking a DWJ book, if only because I keep picking the same one over and over again and I’m getting kinda bored with that. NOT with the book! But just saying the same answer every single time.

      I do think Witch Week is a good book for you BUT Fire and Hemlock is what I think of when I think “Jenny’s DWJ book” so that’s what I’d pick.

      (It’s totally Charmed Life for me, btw.)

  2. Great choices! I saw that post. Maybe I should also post about it because my blog has been kind of quiet lately! 🙂 I think those traits come through very well.

    1. The two books I read seemed to be aimed at younger people– they even had the same covers as his children’s books– so it’s got the same sort of feeling/narrative voice as his other books. If you like his kids books, you’d definitely like his memoirs!

  3. This is a great question! (I always do look at people’s bookshelves for this very reason.)

    Here are mine:

    – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, because I like to believe that magic can be found inside any ordinary thing.

    – The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies, because it explores how destiny can lead us on unexpected paths, and how a mistake can become a gift.

    – Knitting from the Top by Barbara G. Walker, because it reimagines the way things are “always” done to make them simpler and more sensible. (Also, I knit a lot.)

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