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).
Tagged: About books
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.

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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