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friday five - books

Totally late on the friday five but I wanted to get to it because the questions are good this week!

Although reading these, so many of my answers just link to previous entries, I'm like oh hell... I'm 35 and my life is all done being written down.

1. What was your favorite book during childhood?
Matilda - Roald Dahl. I read it over and over and over and over.

2. What is your favorite book now?
Contact by Carl Sagan (review & reasons)

3. What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
Don't hate me but I really love the latest Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio at Gatsby, it's the first time I thought Baz Luhrmann's style really lent something to a story.

Then again, of course Lord of the Rings movies are the best.

4. Do you prefer checking out books from the library or buying them?
Oh gosh library of course! I am a strong believer in libraries and book sharing. Other entries related to this topic: my 3-week book policy and 20 reasons why I'm still reading paper books.

5. Have you ever been let down by a book that was highly recommended to you?
I don't know if it was recommended per se, but my least favorite book EVER was The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and lots of people really like it. In fact I think I picked it up because I saw it on a table at the book store of important gifts for college grads going out into the world, which is kind of like a recommendation. I now think it's the WORST book for a college grad to read going out into the world, unless you want them entering the workforce totally full of themselves and convinced they don't have to listen to anyone and we should all immediately praise their every genius word because, you know, 22 years old.

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Nov. 14th, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC)
I think all 22 year olds are convinced they know everything, and the reason The Fountainhead is so particularly dangerous is that it gives them a hazy philosopic framework on which to base their groundless self-confidence.
Nov. 15th, 2015 11:15 am (UTC)
I enjoyed Contact, the book and the movie. I did wonder why the book posits a creator, when Sagan was an atheist.

I couldn't stand The Fountainhead. I never could understand why Roark, who was so "if it's not perfect it's not worth having or dealing with," would be interested in the very damaged Dominique. The whole book didn't make any sense. Of course, neither does Rand's philosophy, so I guess that didn't help, either.
Nov. 15th, 2015 12:25 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you on Contact, paper books and Ayn Rand...!
Don Burton
Nov. 18th, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
I did not know Matilda was your favorite book. It was one of Roald Dahl's books I never read. For Christmas holiday, I am going to read it! My favorite Dahl book was The BFG.
Nov. 18th, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
Best review of The Fountainhead ever.
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