kelly has asked me to take part in a fun little book meme. fun!
how many books do you own?
gee, by my best guess right now i have about 400 on the bookshelves. you can look at old pictures of my shelves from 2 years ago. plus theres the 100+ Sweet Valley High Books packed away in the closet. I think the VC Andrews books are there too. i don’t remember who taught me to read. i do remember that in 4th grade my dad went to conferences and made Mrs. Reinking change my grade in “Reads Widely” from a 3 to a 1 (1 was the best) because as he said “she’s always got her nose stuck in a book.”
what is the last book that you bought?
i bought two. Kate Atkinsons’s Case Histories (Which i read in like two days and LOVED) and Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven (which i haven’t read yet because i have to finish The Kite Runner for book club).
five six books that mean a lot to you.
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
i have written countless numbers of words about how much i loved this book. it’s the book that changed my life, really. i had always been a big reader, just chewing through whatever i could get my hands on. then i picked up Owen Meany at the Chippewa Falls library and all bets were off. never before in my life had i loved a book so much. it showed me just how powerful and beautiful and moving literature can be. i still get shivers just thinking about how much i love that book.
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
first of all, this is my favorite vonnegut book. i’ve read a lot, not all, but a lot of his stuff. this one is by far my favorite (though i used to say it was God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and i can’t remember why). second of all, i love the actual physical book because it’s autographed by vonnegut.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
i love this book with a passion. it’s my favorite children’s book ever. ever. i buy it for every single baby that is born into my life.
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
it’s been over a decade since i last read The Federalist Papers but i had to read it for some political philosophy class and it knocked my socks right off. my copy is well worn and loved, loved, loved. my friends used to borrow it when they had to take the class and i would threaten them with bodily harm if it wasn’t returned to me properly.
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
in my mind it’s the most romantic book ever written. ever. i’ve probably read it a dozen times and each time it moves me to tears.
The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken
a beautiful book about tall freaks and loneliness. there is no way on earth that i couldn’t love this book with my entire heart.