Well, Edgy Mama tagged me for a meme (describing ten book secrets), so here they are -
1 - Growing up very near Asheville, NC, I became enamored with our famous hometown author, Thomas Wolfe. I imagined that I understood how he felt when he wrote Look Homeward, Angel, and my nerdy friends and I would meet so often at the Thomas Wolfe memorial on the weekends that we could easily have given tours ourselves. I still have a beautiful drawing of Wolfe in my house.
2 - I want to be Madeleine L'Engle - my favorite author. I met her once, when she was a guest speaker at Duke Divinity School while I was a student. She spoke in our small seminary chapel and shocked people by sitting cross-legged on the altar table for her talk and discussion!
3 - I took a class on Thomas Hardy in undergrad - read everything he ever wrote (really!), and decided Far From the Madding Crowd was really his masterpiece (I just despise Angel in Tess of the D'urbervilles way too much.)
4 - The summer after I finished 6th grade, my mom would take me every Saturday morning to the old West Asheville library, where I would check out 13-15 books. I spent every day, all day reading that summer and was even afraid I would make it through the entire juvenile section before the summer ended.
5 - One of my favorite books is Daphne du Maurier's Frenchman's Creek - which contains the single sexiest scene I have ever read - where a fully clothed man and woman sleep back to back in a cabin on a ship.
6 - I think Steinbeck's East of Eden is the great American novel, and I got my son's name from the book (Caleb).
7 - I've had way too many times in my life when I have debated whether I am more like Elizabeth Bennet or Emma Woodhouse.
8 - I have really gotten into historical mysteries (especially Medieval ones) in recent years. I think I even have a crush on Welshman Owen Archer.
9 - I have read every book by Anne Tyler, with Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant being my favorite. I think of it every time I order from LL Bean.
10 - The best theology book I have picked up in a long time is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Jesus' Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.
Walker, Corky - you're tagged!