Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bits on Books

I got tagged with this meme by Someguy at Mystery Achievement... so here goes:

1. Total number of books I've owned.
If I don't count the books my wife has (and given her profession and proclivities, that's a massive amount), and if I guesstimate the number that have ben donated to libraries or traded at bookstores... whew. I don't know... maybe 2k? That's probably a low estimate...

2. Last book I bought.
Barbie's Fashion Show and Happy Mother's Day, Mami for my kids. I'm less a buyer than a renter, as I work next door to the central branch of the Los Angeles Public Library... so I read for free!

3. Last book I read.
Barlett and Steele's Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

4. Five books that mean a lot to me.
Only five? How about the first five that come to mind?
1. The Torah (known to non-Jews as The Old Testament, but for me it's the only Testament)
2. Camus' The Stranger (my wife knows why)
3. Huxley's Brave New World
4. Asimov's Pebble in the Sky (first Asimov book I ever read)
5. Kishon's Unfair to Goliath

5. People who I'll infect with this meme.
The Misanthrope and On The mark, natch -- but I guess they don't count.
Hector Vex
Pirate at apjournal
Dr. Taylor at PoliBlog
Devo at Vitriolic Monkey
Jack at Random Thoughts


Jack's Shack said...

Ok, I'll do it. If you don't see it go up in a few days ping me and I'll get on it.

someguy said...

Thanks, Isaac. Very interesting list as I thought it would be.

Like I said at my post, some memes are really annoying. But this one seemed like fun. Hope you enjoyed it, and that you and your family had a nice Memorial Day

Devo said...

D'oh! I didn't even realize I done got tagged. OK. I'll give it a shot. I dig books. Reading is fundamental, you see.

Chandira said...

I managed to finish one of the 7 books at last on my flight home at the weekend, yay! I feel it was an achievement... ;-)

Johnna said...

No one asked me, but:

1. Total number of books I've owned.

Tough to guess. Probably 800 by highschool. College was low reading years due to the acting degree and dumbed down academic program- another 250. Between college and now possibly another 800.

2. Last book I bought.
Amazon says it is Blue Light by Walter Mosely. They haven't delivered it yet. Everytime someone makes me mad at work I buy myself a book on amazon, and have a bit of a backlog of orders at present

3. Last book I read.
We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Utterly devastating and sheer brilliance. Also purchased when someone made me mad at work (I like it when they do that now)

4. Five books that mean a lot to me.
1. George RR Martin's Game of Thrones
2. Orson Scott Card's Enders Game
3. Esther Friesner's Psalms of Herod
4. Martin McDounagh's The Pillowman (play)
5. Eveline by Fanny Burney

Pirate said...

Okey, dokey. See my blog for an entry with the scoop. I'll try to get to it today ...