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Book Meme

I've just been reminded (by seeing an entry in pussreboots' journal) that I was tagged for this meme, too (by beckerbuns. As if I need an excuse to talk about books. :D :D :D

1. Total number of books I own: This is difficult for me to calculate right now, as the vast majority of them are in California. I'm going to guess that the number is somewhere in the vicinity of 3,000. Here in Pennsylvania, I probably have about 300.

2. The Last Book I Bought: "The Color Pencil Wheel Book." Tips and projects for learning to work in colored pencil.

3. The Last Book I Read: The last book I finished was "Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man." Unless you count audiobooks, in which case the last book I finished was "The Amulet of Samarkand." Unless you want to know the last book I actually had in my hands to read (but have not yet finished), in which case the answer would be "The Zen of Organizing."

4. Five Books That Mean a Lot to Me:

~ "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (which is standing in for the whole series). Not only do I love this series (and this is my favorite), but becoming part of a community of people who loves these books was literally life-changing for me. I've made so many friends because of these books, and that really does mean a lot.

~ "Dragonology" by Earnest Drake. Not only is this a great book (and series) with amazing illustrations, but reading it with Connor was so much fun. We've done art and science projects based on things we read here, and it's just an all-around special book.

~ "The Velveteen Rabbit." One of my very favorite books from childhood; it still makes me cry.

~ "The Seat of the Soul," by Gary Zukav. This is a book about spirituality, and it's just lovely. Zukav comes closer than anyone (or any religion) to describing my own spiritual beliefs. It was very special to read this, especially when I first encountered it and was not perhaps as "secure" on my path as I am now.

~ "The Hungry Tiger of Oz." Again, this one holds the place of the entire series. I loved these books as a child, and read them again and again. This one was my favorite. I remember sitting up in my treehouse reading and reading and reading, because that was a great place to get away where no one would interrupt. I also remember that once I left it up there and it rained that night (which was probably unexpected, considering I grew up in southern California), doing massive damage. Even waterlogged, though, I loved that book, and wish I still owned that copy. (I have a newer edition now, in paperback, but it's just not the same).

(It's funny, but in some ways living in Pennsylvania temporarily helped me do the question above. If a book is truly important to me, it's likely that I brought it along. Helped narrow down the choices).

5. Tag five people: Okay, choosing randomly from the MANY bookworms on my list: momof2girls, syrinxkat, joyliveshere, happy_potterer and synergy. And anyone else who cares to do it . . . consider yourself tagged. :)



Sep. 4th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
1. Total number of books I own: This is hard for me too, especially since I grew up in a family that decorated with bookshelves. By the time I was in college and started putting together homes of my own (dorms, apartments, etc.) I had amassed several bookshelves of my own books. Many of them are still in Texas in my old room. Some of the most important ones are here with me. I'd say I have about 500.

2. The Last Book I Bought: "My Life in France" an autobiography of Julia Child. It is brilliant and will absolutely transport you through time to the life of an ex-pat in France during the 1950s. I've loved every page of it, and unlike most books that I tear through, I've savored every page, reading them and re-reading them slowly to really enjoy the sensual journey through time and food.

3. The Last Book I Read: I'm still reading "My Life in France" but I just also picked up (and put down just as fast) one called "Teach Yourself French." Like so many books on language, it just wasn't a reasonable alternative to an interactive lesson with a living human being.

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