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Monday, September 18, 2006

Books

Yaxlich was reading Sim's Blog this morning and sees that he has been tagged. At first he was rather worried. He has read about tags and ASBOs and thought that he had done something wrong which would involve delivering meals on wheels to pensioners who dribble a lot and smell of wee. Fortunately he realised that this was not the case and that being tagged by Sim only meant that he had to complete something called a meme about books.

1. One book that changed your life - the hardest question first.
Every book that Yaxlich has read has changed his life. They have all enriched his life in one way or another. He very much believes that life is a continual process of self improvement and by reading a book he has added to his life experience in some way. Books that have had significant spiritual effect on Yaxlich have been The Bible and The Qur'an but, equally, a single paragraph in Richard Harris' biography by Michael Feeney Callan has considerably changed his life so he doesn't think that one book has had more effect that any other.

2. One book that you've read more than once.
He has read many books more than once. The most recent one, he thinks, was Mr Commitment by Mike Gayle. He thinks the book he has read the most was The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall. He remembers reading this book as a child, finishing it and then starting it all over again.

3. One book that you'd want on a desert island.
The Lonely Planet Guide To The Desert Island You Are Stuck On.

4. One book that made you laugh.
Rain Men by Marcus Berkmann. Yaxlich loves the game of cricket and plays for a village team. When he first read Rain Men he laughed so hard that he had an accident in his underpants. There are so many pages in the book which reminded Yaxlich of the team that he plays for and he thoroughly recommends it to anyone that has played cricket, watched cricket, been a cricket widow or who just wants a laugh.

5. One book that made you cry.
Yaxlich is a sensitive soul. Lot's of things make him cry even when they shouldn't. He watched X Factor at the weekend and had a little moment when the girl in the wheelchair got through to the next round. He is a bit soppy like that. He admits to having a blub when reading Man and Boy by Tony Parsons. He also cried when he read D-Day by Stephen E. Ambrose because of the sacrifices made by so many brave men to protect a free world. He wonders how those men would have felt if they knew what would become of the free world 60 years later.

6. One book that you wish you had written.
Yaxlich has never read any of the Harry Potter books. He watched one Harry Potter film and didn't really enjoy it much. However he wishes that he'd written the first Harry Potter book because he would now be a millionaire and have enough money to buy underpants and wouldn't have to go to the vegetable soup place every two weeks.

7. One book you wish had never been written.
Yaxlich cannot think of any book he wishes had never been written because of his answer to question 1.

8. One book that you are reading at the moment.
Yaxlich has two books on his bedside cabinet at the moment. One is Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon by Tony Fletcher. The other is Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche. One of them is a light hearted book exploring the life of a drug crazed lunatic. The other is the book about Keith Moon.

9. One book that you've been meaning to read.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. A friend of Yaxlich's has insisted that he read this as it will change his life. As far as Yaxlich can see the book is about spiritual awareness and awakening which ultimately leads you to vibrate a lot. He doesn't understand the vibrating bit but has promised his friend for the last ten years that he will read it. Another book that has been gathering dust on his bookshelf is Alan Carr's EasyWay to Stop Smoking.

10. Five others that you’d like to do this.
This is the bit where Sim tagged him so he is going to tag Reeholio, Lizza, Tish, Richard and ExAfrica.

Comments on "Books"

 

Anonymous Sim said ... (4:05 pm) : 

I was once given a stop smoking book, given to as a present in my university days. It came in very useful, stopping my desk from wobbling as assignments were bashed out on an old school typewriter.

Mr Commitment sounds interesting - do you think friend who's trying to get boyfriend to pop the question would like it for Christmas??

 

Blogger Lizza said ... (6:01 pm) : 

Yaxlich has never read Harry Potter? He should try reading at least one (I recommend the 3rd). It's fun stuff. And anyone who tries to give me a stop smoking book better be prepared to have it shoved up someplace where it'll really hurt. For a week. At least.

Playing tag is fun. I enjoyed reading Yaxlich's book choices. I'll think about my selections then play tag with Yaxlich.

 

Blogger Yaxlich said ... (8:24 pm) : 

Yaxlich thoroughly recommends Mr Commitment to Sims friend. It looks at the idea of single life and then looks at how perhaps it isn't so bad to commit so it might just tip him over the edge and propose. Yaxlich will be buying a hat just in case.

Yaxlich is glad that Lizza enjoyed reading his book choices and he equally looks forward to reading hers.

Yaxlich thinks that books are a very personal thing so sharing his books was quite an experience for him.

 

Blogger ExAfrica said ... (12:01 am) : 

Oh dear! Oh dear...

My first tag. I hope I can stand up under the pressure.

Funny enough, after not having a read a book in months (unless you count the Devil Wears Prada) I am now reading a very interesting book - which will make my being able to stand up under the pressure easier. And might even make me look smarter. hee Hee.

Will get to it in a day or two - need to finish part two of the drama I am currently working on.

I really hope my answers are good - especially since you took Harry Potter - I really wanted to be that rich!

 

Blogger Reeholio said ... (9:27 am) : 

I've been sitting here for an hour trying to think of something to blog about. I thought while I think, I would come and check out what Yaxlich has been up to, expecting more evacuation stories or vegetable soup. But instead, Yaxlich has tagged me!

Now I have something to blog about. Thanks Yaxlich.

 

Blogger lily said ... (9:55 am) : 

hello yaxlich. nice to meet you. :-) my word verification word is qoqle. make up a meaning for it please.

 

Blogger Tish said ... (10:01 am) : 

Tish thanks Yaxlich for his kind words on her blog in her time of sorrow. In this spirit of kindness, Tish would like to recommend that Yaxlich do himself a big favour and avoid the Celestine Prophesy in case it gives him a Universal dose of bowel awareness and awakening. Tish found this book to be only slightly less 'loosening' than "Conversations with God" which caused Tish to buy an extra 12-pack of 2-ply toilet rolls. Twice.

Of course, should Yaxlich be troubled with constipation, he will find a rapid and total relief by reading at least one of them but both might require hospitalisation. Mind you, no-one would ever confuse Yaxlich with someone who was full of excrement.

:o)

 

Blogger Yaxlich said ... (10:06 am) : 

ExAfrica - you could always be the first person to write the dictionary. Once you've done all the hard work you get other people to write the next editions for you whilst you sit back drinking cocktails on your luxury yacht.

Reeholio - Yaxlich is pleased to have been of service to you. You are always more than welcome to blog about Yaxlich's bowel evacuations whenever you want to.

Lily - Yaxlich is pleased to meet you too. Qoqle, as any computer literate mallard will tell you, is the equivalent of Google in the duck world.

 

Blogger Tish said ... (10:13 am) : 

Now, on a more positive note, Tish would like to recommend a book she has found very interesting and enlightening, to the point she has a link to its authors on her blog.

The book is one of a set of three (the middle one, to be precise) and is named "Uriel's Machine" by authors Robert Lomas and Christopher Knight. It deals with cometary impact and Flood myths, megalithic sites 1,000 years older than the pyramids, early stellar observatories and much more.

Excellent food for thought for the intellectual stimulant-hungry.

 

Blogger Yaxlich said ... (10:13 am) : 

Yaxlich thanks Tish for her advice and will avoid reading the Celestine Prophecy between the hours of 1500 on a Thursday and 2000 on a Sunday.

Tish is correct. Nobody has ever said that Yaxlich was full of excitement (he hopes she doesn't mind his correcting her spelling).

 

Blogger Tish said ... (10:19 am) : 

It's excremental, my dear Yaxlich.

 

Blogger Yaxlich said ... (10:19 am) : 

Yaxlich assumes that "Uriel's Machine" is a typo. Is one of the other books in the trilogy "Muriel's Wedding"? If so he has seen the film and knows how it ends.

 

Blogger Mimi Lenox said ... (4:06 pm) : 

Mimi has been tagged by Lizza and will finish her questions soon. Mimi is writing in third person because she's on Yaxlich's site. Mimi can't help it. Osmosis.
Mimi will get back with you as soon as she's finished her tagging duties.

 

Blogger Yaxlich said ... (12:04 am) : 

Yaxyax is very much looking forward to Mimi's meme

 

Blogger Richard said ... (4:19 pm) : 

Bugger - Tagged!! Now I'll have to hand in my book review. Teacher know's I just copy the nerdy boys homework. Now who is the nerdy boy here? Bugger again - It's me!

OK thanks for the tag - I'll get to work straight away.

BTW - Even though I think that Illy is just a link dropping spammer I like the approach so wise Yaxlich can you help determine the definition of my word verification word please.
**swioby** that's s.w.i.o.b.y. **swioby** - can you use it is a sentence please?

 

Blogger Yaxlich said ... (5:57 pm) : 

Yaxlich is surprised to read that Richard was not aware of what a swioby is. It is an infant swio.

 

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