My Life As a Book 2011

Two years ago, I participated in a fun meme based on this post I saw at Reactions to Reading, in which I finished sentences about myself using only titles of books I read in 2009. Last year, I made up my own sentences, completing them with 2010 titles. The response was so positive, I thought I’d do it again.

So, here are more autobiographical statements, using only books I read this year.

One time at band/summer camp, I: (was) Learning to Swim (Sara J. Henry)

Weekends at my house are: A Bad Day for Scandal (Sophie Littlefield)

My neighbor is: Creep (Jennifer Hillier)

My boss is: Here Comes Mr. Trouble (Brett Battles)

My ex was: Sick (Brett Battles)

My superhero secret identity is: The Cut (George Pelecanos)

You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry because: Heads You Lose (Lisa Lutz & David Hayward)

I’d win a gold medal in: A Game of Lies (Rebecca Cantrell)

I’d pay good money for: Fun & Games (Duane Swierczynski)

If I were president, I would: Damage Control (Denise Hamilton)

When I don’t have good books, I: (am) Broken (Karin Slaughter)

Loud talkers at the movies should be: Killed at the Whim of a Hat (Colin Cotterill)

Note: Since I read lots of dark crime fiction, I had many great options for that last sentence.

Your turn! Leave your answers in the comments or let me know if you post them on your blog. Have fun!

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    August 30, 2011 at 3:33 am

    LOL…great sentences and choices. I shall have to have a go this weekend

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    Jen Forbus
    August 30, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I love this game. I’m so glad we have PCN to keep it going for us every year!! 🙂

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    August 30, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Oh fun – I’ve enjoyed reading these the past couple of years. This year I’m going to participate. I’ll get something up this weekend.

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    Margot Kinberg
    August 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Wonderful!! I’m posting my answers at my blog later day (Tuesday 30 August) – at about noon U.S. Pacific Time!

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    August 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

    How fun! Here are mine 🙂

    One time at band/summer camp, I: The Terror of Living (Urban Waite)

    Weekends at my house are: Fun & Games (Duane Swierczynski)

    My neighbor is: Eyes of the Innocent (Brad Parks)

    By boss is: Fallen (Karin Slaughter)

    My ex was: Long Gone (Alafair Burke)

    My superhero secret identity is: Delirious (Daniel Palmer)

    You wouldn’t like to see me when I’m angry because: The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes (Marcus Sakey)

    I’d win a gold medal in: The Ridge (Michael Koryta)

    I’d pay good money for: Darkness, My Old Friend(Lisa Unger)

    If I was president, I would: Never Look Away (Linwood Barclay)

    When I don’t have good books, I: Late Rain (Lynn Kostoff)

    Loud talkers at the movies should be: A Drop of the Hard Stuff (Lawrence Block)

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      Margot Kinberg
      September 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      Erin – Nice answers! I especially like your answer to Weekends at my house are:, and what an interesting secret identity :-).

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    August 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

    That time of year again already? Always a fun meme! 🙂

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    August 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Okay, you’ve suckered me into this… again. Click over here.

    As usual, you’ve come up with some really clever answers! Thanks, Elyse.

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    Jen Forbus
    August 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Mine is posted for all the world to see here.

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    August 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Bernadette & SuziQoregon—Let us know when yours are up!

    Jen—I’m happy that you enjoy this as much as I do. And you revealed some interesting, hidden talents with your answers.

    Erin—As I said on Twitter, I’m moving into your guest room this weekend for some of that fun & games.

    Elizabeth—Will you play, too? Idiot neighbor needs some comeuppance.

    le0pard13—You’ll have to demonstrate that drunkard’s walk to me sometime. I want it on video.

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    jenn aka the picky girl
    August 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Oooh yea! I loved doing this last year. And I needed a non-review post for tomorrow. LOVE it.

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    jenn aka the picky girl
    August 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Here’s mine:

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    Carrie Nilles (wvredreads)
    August 31, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I love this. Since I was not on board last year I did combine and pick and choose from the last two years. Read some of mine here: My Life According to Books (2010 edition)

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    H.L. Banks
    August 31, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I couldn’t resist this fun game. Here’s mine:

    One time at band camp, I: Kissed an Earl (Julie Ann Long)

    Weekends at my house are: Immoral (Brian Freeman)

    My neighbour is: A Clubbable Woman (Reginald Hill)

    My boss is: The Misanthrope (Molier)

    My ex was: Dead Cold (Louise Penny)

    My superhero secret identity is: The Postmistress (Sarah Blake)

    You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry because: Bad Things Happen (Harry Dolan)

    I’d win a gold medal in: Hardball ( Sara Paretsky)

    I’d pay good money for: The Jewel That Was Ours (Colin Dexter)

    If I were president, I would: Quiver (Peter Leonard)

    When I don’t have good books, I: Sleep with the Fishes (Brian M. Wiprud)

    Loud talkers at the movies should be: Thumped (Megan McCafferty)

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      Margot Kinberg
      September 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      H.L – Oh, your answers are wonderful! I’m so glad you decided to play. I especially like your answers to My ex was: and Weekends at my house are. Inspired!

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    Shell Sherree
    August 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Heh! Killed at the Whim of a Hat has to be right up there with my all-time favourite book titles. A bunch of entertaining lists!

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    Bill Selnes
    August 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I found it interesting to complete the sentences. My post with the answers is at

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    September 1, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Oh! I love this meme, and some of your answers are fantastic (loud talkers at the movies SHOULD be killed at the whim of a hat).

    Anyway, I’ll post my answers ASAP. I haven’t been around the blog lately since I’m switching jobs and trying to find an appartment and all that! (Gotta update the “already read” list there too!

    I had a blast reading this, as always! Thanks PCN.

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    September 1, 2011 at 7:22 am

    What a fun meme!! I found this through Michael’s blog.

    I have already written my answers but I scheduled it for Monday because other posts are set before.

    I really like your number 8 and 9…perfect answers 😉

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    September 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    jenn, Carrie & Bill—I left a comment on your posts. You all lead, ah, interesting lives.

    H.L.—Good ones! The ones about your neighbor and your ex made me laugh. Thanks for joining in!

    Shell—Not only does it have a good title, it’s a good book, too!

    Poncho & Novroz—I look forward to reading yours! Make sure you leave links here. And Poncho, have you found a new job and apartment yet?

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      September 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Here’s Novroz’s link, Elyse. Her answer to #11 is classic!

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    September 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm


    My list is on my blog with commentary- BookwormCastle (wordpress)! Sample below.

    One time at band/summer camp, all I can say is it involved The Angel Experiment (James Patterson) and a Kiss (Ted Dekker & Erin Healy)

    My ex was the Boyfriend from Hell (E. Van Lowe)

    This is actually true. This one is not a joke or sarcastic comment. Now if only I can find my Earth Angel (E. Van Lowe’s sequel to above title)

    My superhero secret identity is made of Wizard and Glass (Stephen King)

    And is the best getup ever. Very sturdy and still haven’t figured out all the tricks it can do yet.

    Check out my blog for the full version!

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    September 3, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I always have a blast with these! My answers are here.

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    September 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

    This is always so much fun 🙂

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    Bev@My Reader's Block
    September 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Peggy Ann led me here. Love your answers!

    Here’s my post:

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    September 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I had so much fun reading these I had to create my own list.

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    September 4, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Ok finally got around to doing it for 2011…thanks for keeping the meme alive

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    Jose Ignacio
    September 4, 2011 at 5:44 am

    You can find my answers at

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    September 4, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Mine’s posted today at Whimpulsive. This is the first time I’ve participated and I’m already looking forward to next year. Lots of fun.

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    September 4, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Oh, this looks like fun. I love MEME’s. I’ll be posting mine up this morning. Thanks for hosting. 🙂

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    Debbie Rodgers
    September 4, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Great game!

    I’ve posted my answers on my blog:

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    September 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Jennifer, Cathy, Coffeemuse, Bev, Leslie, Bernadette, José Ignacio, SuziQoregon, Joanne, and Debbie—It is so, so cool that you participated. I’ve checked out all your fun answers and left comments. Thanks for playing!

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    Karen Meek
    September 5, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I must have missed last year’s. Here’s my 2011.

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    September 5, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Oh, this is always so much fun. My answers are on my blog!

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    Craig Sisterson
    September 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Added my answers to my blog today. Great fun

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    October 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I (finally) played, too! 🙂

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    October 11, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Loved your Meme. Here is Mine

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