mmm, a saturday morning book meme to get the weekend back on track

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).

what is the last book you read?
oh, i just answered it, Case Histories. but i am currently reading The Kite Runner and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.

name 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.

now “tag” five six individuals to provide their own lists.
i don’t do fives.
wolfdogg, hessie, tam, robin, jackass jimmy, and you (that’s what comments are for suckers).

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  1. UH 04.Jun.05 at 9:27 pm

    how many books do you own?

    Couldn’t even hazard a guess. Right now there are probably 150 or so in the house, maybe a thousand or more in the garage in boxes. It may be time to rotate them out.

    what is the last book that you bought?

    Hm, it’s been a while. I think it was a Chilton manual for repairing a Dodge. Last one bought for pleasure would’ve been Easy Prey by John Sandford.

    what is the last book you read?

    I’m in the middle of Trinity by Leon Uris right now. The last one I was reading prior to that was Jesus on Mars by Philip Josθ Farmer.

    name five (not six) books that mean a lot to you.

    Stephen King – The Stand, my favorite book of all and the one I could read a million times and still like it.

    Dean Koontz – Strangers, sometimes edges out The Stand depending on my mood.

    Robert A. Heinlein – Stranger In A Strange Land just because it’s a guilty pleasure.

    Theodore Sorensen – Kennedy is an incredible biography written when the assassination was still fresh in the minds of the people who worked with him.

    P.D. Eastman – Are You My Mother? is the first book I could read on my own as a child, so it’s still very special to me.

  2. PeeWee 05.Jun.05 at 10:04 pm

    how many books do you own?

    Who knows? I would guess 1000.

    what is the last book that you bought?

    Your Face Tells All: Learn the Wisdom of the Chinese Art of Face Reading by Erik Kanto and Ilona Kanto

    what is the last book you read?

    You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs by Laurie Graff. I don’t normally read fiction…a friend gave it to me.

    name five (not six) books that mean a lot to you.

    Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss, M.D. It is about hypnosis, past life regression, and how past lives affect this and future lives.

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. One of the few fiction books I have loved.

    A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive — by Dave Pelzer. While reading this book, I would start bawling, and have to put it down. The most moving book I have ever read by a long shot.

    Growing Up by Russell Baker. Biographies are my favorites, and this is one of the very best.

    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. One of these days, I am going to start reading it and finish it damnit. I have been lugging it around for 15 years.

  3. JackassJimmy 10.Jun.05 at 9:11 am

    how many books do you own?

    I am going to say I have around 150, give or take 50. Since graduating from college, there has been significantly less $$$ to spend on books. Thanks four-year degree and student loans!! I’m mostly a library guy now, unless I really want something.

    what is the last book that you bought?

    i bought the His Dark Materials Box Set by Philip Pullman. I was recommended this series by a friend and as I haven’t been into the whole fantasy thing for awhile, the first book was at least well written.

    what is the last book you read?

    Feed by M.T. Anderson. Another book off the summer reading list. Personally, I would be insulted if I was given this to read in highschool. The first one hundred pages are painful and although it is a very quick read, there is no payoff in the end.

    name seven books that mean a lot to you.

    Laughing on the Outside by Martin Knelman. It’s a look at the tragically short life of actor John Candy. I found out many things about an actor I grew up with and loved. I also was able to identify with many of his personal and professional struggles. It’s somewhat heartbreaking, but I enjoyed it.

    In the Half Light by Anthony Lawrence. The images and emotions conjured by this book could only have been crafted by someone who has gone through the evils of depression. An engaging tale of a young man in search of himself, love and peace of mind.

    KnickKnackPaddyWhack by Ardal O’Hanlon. Was recommended to me by an instructor at the Gaiety School of Acting, while I was in residency there in 98. Somewhat humorous look at twenty-something life in the Emerald Isle from the star of Father Ted.

    Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks. No, not the skate boarding champ of the universe. This book was practically daring me to pick it up. It’s a tale of one man’s journey to travel the circumference of Ireland with a fridge, within one month.

    Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon. I don’t normally get into mass market paperbacks, but I read this book about ten years ago and there are still passages that haunt me. This is not the horror book it pretends to be. McCammon does an outstanding job portraying the interpersonal relationships kids develop in their young, adolescent years. A ton of mystery, adventure and just all around fun.

    See a Grown Man Cry / Now Watch Him Die by Henry Rollins. I bought this book when the titles were still published seperately. See a Grown Man Cry, got me into exploring the half man, half animal that Henry Rollins is. While most consider him to be a less than gifted writer, his poems and diatribes are able to reach me unlike a lot of others can. I was also fortunate enough to meet the man in the flesh, and have him sign my book. COOL!

    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway. Jodi, I know he makes you cringe, but I love this story of persistance, beauty and love. I have read it time and time again and it never gets old. It was one of the first books I read in high school english that I didn’t think sucked out loud.

    now “tag” five six individuals to provide their own lists.

    I’m still working on having 4+ people who blog, to converse with. My friends are idiots and fear the technology. FIRE BAD!!!

  4. JackassJimmy 10.Jun.05 at 9:12 am

    how many books do you own?
    I am going to say I have around 150, give or take 50. Since graduating from college, there has been significantly less $$$ to spend on books. Thanks four-year degree and student loans!! I’m mostly a library guy now, unless I really want something.

    what is the last book that you bought?
    i bought the His Dark Materials Box Set by Philip Pullman. I was recommended this series by a friend and as I haven’t been into the whole fantasy thing for awhile, the first book was at least well written.

    what is the last book you read?
    Feed by M.T. Anderson. Another book off the summer reading list. Personally, I would be insulted if I was given this to read in highschool. The first one hundred pages are painful and although it is a very quick read, there is no payoff in the end.

    name seven books that mean a lot to you.

    Laughing on the Outside by Martin Knelman. It’s a look at the tragically short life of actor John Candy. I found out many things about an actor I grew up with and loved. I also was able to identify with many of his personal and professional struggles. It’s somewhat heartbreaking, but I enjoyed it.

    In the Half Light by Anthony Lawrence. The images and emotions conjured by this book could only have been crafted by someone who has gone through the evils of depression. An engaging tale of a young man in search of himself, love and peace of mind.

    KnickKnackPaddyWhack by Ardal O’Hanlon. Was recommended to me by an instructor at the Gaiety School of Acting, while I was in residency there in 98. Somewhat humorous look at twenty-something life in the Emerald Isle from the star of Father Ted.

    Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks. No, not the skate boarding champ of the universe. This book was practically daring me to pick it up. It’s a tale of one man’s journey to travel the circumference of Ireland with a fridge, within one month.

    Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon. I don’t normally get into mass market paperbacks, but I read this book about ten years ago and there are still passages that haunt me. This is not the horror book it pretends to be. McCammon does an outstanding job portraying the interpersonal relationships kids develop in their young, adolescent years. A ton of mystery, adventure and just all around fun.

    See a Grown Man Cry / Now Watch Him Die by Henry Rollins. I bought this book when the titles were still published seperately. See a Grown Man Cry, got me into exploring the half man, half animal that Henry Rollins is. While most consider him to be a less than gifted writer, his poems and diatribes are able to reach me unlike a lot of others can. I was also fortunate enough to meet the man in the flesh, and have him sign my book. COOL!

    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway. Jodi, I know he makes you cringe, but I love this story of persistance, beauty and love. I have read it time and time again and it never gets old. It was one of the first books I read in high school english that I didn’t think sucked out loud.

    now “tag” five six individuals to provide their own lists.
    I’m still working on having 4+ people who blog, to converse with. My friends are idiots and fear the technology. FIRE BAD!!!