Rod Garvin “tagged” me with the following prompts on books that I’ve read (and would like to read).

One book that changed your life: Autobiography of Malcolm X. A life spent learning, growing, and challenging his faith. Nuff said.

One book you’ve read more than once: A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren. It put into words a lot of things that I was feeling about my faith and spiritual journey.

One book you’d want on a desert island, besides the Bible: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. I know this may get my nerd card revoked, but I’ve only ever made it halfway through Fellowship of the Rings. I couldn’t take the random elf songs. If I’m on a desert island … well, I can indulge the songs. Maybe even learn the history of Middle Urth. (It’s either that or learn Klingon – there, nerd credentials restored).

One book that made you laugh: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Do I honestly need to explain why?

One book that made you cry: The otherwise hilarious Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Although, to be fair, I was re-watching the movie Big Fish, and that movie always makes me cry. (It’s one of the few movies that it’s okay for guys to cry at. There aren’t many, so don’t get any strange ideas).

One book you wish had been written: The Autobiography of Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Maurice Broaddus. In light of that novel not having been written, nor likely to ever be written, then I’d settle for the novel I am working on now. The outline alone is killing me.

One book you wish had never been written: The Da Vinci Code. If I never have to hear that title again, I’d be quite pleased. (And Left Behind isn’t too far behind it.)

One book that you’ve been meaning to read: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. I tried reading it once before and decided that I wasn’t smart enough to get it (nor a good enough writer to read it without massive jealousy). She makes me sick – like I don’t ever need to pick up a pen again. Tied for second on that list are Swan Song and Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon.

One book that you are currently reading: I’m way behind on my reading for the year, so I’m reading a bunch of books at a time. The Corrupted by Drew Williams (it’s not published yet, but if it keeps being this good, it should have no problems finding a publishing home). Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F Winner. Imaro by Charles Saunders. Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell.

You’re it Rich Vincent and Lauren David.

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