Tagged: About books

Scott tagged me with this book meme that’s going around, and now I have to tag others.
1. Estimate the total number of books you’ve owned in your life.
I *think* I have about 3,000 books in my current library. Probably double that for what I’ve owned over my lifetime. I took a picture of my wall-to-wall bookcase in my living room so you could see my current library (I had to stitch a panoramic shot together to get it all in).

2. What’s the last book you bought?
Most of my recent acquisitions have been for the two book clubs I’m in or for work-related stuff. I haven’t bought many books solely for myself because I’m trying to read through what I have on my shelf first.

3. What’s the last book you read?
I’ve been keeping track of everything I read since 1997, so if you want the complete list, go here.

5. List 5 books that mean a lot to you.
This is incredibly hard; I love so many books It’s hard to choose.

  • Curious Myths of the Middle Ages by Sabine Baring-Gould
    When I was in high school, I was a librarian’s assistant in the Noblesville Public Library, and I checked this book out so many times that when I graduated and went to college, they remaindered the book and gave it to me. It’s now out of copyright, so I’m slowly scanning the book into electronic format.
  • The Complete William Shakespeare
    I know that sounds pretentious; sorry. But I love the comedies and the sonnets, which I’ve read all of, and I enjoy on a different level the tragedies. I think the histories are dead boring, though. Maybe I need to see them performed and I’d feel differently.
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen
    A book everyone should be required to read, just because it explodes so many myths about our history and society, and gives us an eye-opening view of who Americans really are — something that can only make us better as people and as a nation. I also loved Loewen’s Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. What’s really cool: in searching for this on Amazon, I discovered he’s got a new book coming out.
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner
    “A young girl, Sophie, becomes embroiled in a discussion of philosophy with a faceless correspondent. At the same time, she must unravel a mystery involving another young girl, Hilde, by using everything she’s learning. The truth is far more complicated than she could ever have imagined.”
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
    I LOVED this series as a kid and had a whole set of fantasies about going to Narnia myself.

5. Tag 5 people!
Jen, Mike, Brent and Jim from IndyScribe, Rachel, and MJ. I’d tag more, but I don’t want to use them all up before these guys can tag someone.

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3 comments on “Tagged: About books
  1. mykal says:

    The last book I read was prolly a comic book. I cannot even begin to participate in this poll 😀

  2. Denise says:

    Buffalo Girls is one of my favorite books. It’s even better on tape. I’ve given the audio book as a gift several times. You should buy it for your next long car trip or borrow it from the library and listen to it around town.

  3. Jim Chalex says:

    I’ve never counted the number of books in our collection. Probably over a thousand, of which I’ve probably only read half, if that!
    The last book I bought was the paperback version of Theodore Rex by Edmund Wilson.
    The last book I read was the Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand.
    Five books that mean a lot: Labyrinths (Borges), Cosmos (Sagan), The New York Trilogy (Auster), Choose Your Own Adventure Series (various), Dungeon Master’s Guide (Gygax).

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