I was tagged for this booky meme by Reed from “Out of Ideas”.
1) Total Number of Books Owned
Approximately 300. Including 30 of poetry, 10 of limericks, 18 dictionaries and thesauri and 49 textbooks on mythology and ancient history. Oh yes, and 20 in my TBR pile.
2) Last Book Bought.
Actually a batch of 4 at a remainder sale. Tourist Season & Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen (a double dose volume), Hostile Contact by Gordon Kent, Emerald Decision by Craig Thomas and Heretic by Bernard Cornwall.
3) Last Book Read.
The Comedy of Dante Alighieri (The three volume Dorothy L Sayers translation) and Unintelligent Design by Robyn Williams. I must organise reviews to post here.
3a) Bonus question. Currently reading Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, A Kahlil Gibran Anthology, The Little Book of Wrong Shui by Rohan Candappa, Bullfinches Mythology, The Greek Myths by Robert Graves.
Extra note – I now need to move “Poisonwood Bible” into “The Last Book Read” list. And I need to add “The Catalogue of Lost Books” by Tad Tuleja to both my “Currently reading” and “Last Book Bought” lists. I shall be shamelessly plagiarising this volume in the archive. It is too good not to share!
4) Five books that mean a lot to me.
Yikes – how do I drop this list to five? Ok, after a couple of day’s thinking.
1) Amazing Stories. I know it isn’t a book, it was a Science Fiction magazine. It taught me, at 14, to think outside the square, to accept that wild imaginings are an acceptable form of story-telling.
2) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens because I learned in my disappointment that my thoughts were as valid as my teacher’s.
3) The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran which I first read when I was 30 and Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam which I first read at 19. They led me into the endless fields of poetry, both that written by others and the poor doggerel I have attempted.
4) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett because they reminded me that reading is fun.
5) The Concise Oxford Dictionary, for its wonderful vocabulary and also for the history of our great language which is contained in those snippets before the definitions where the philology is shown.
How could I leave out Shakespeare who was so obscure to an impatient schoolboy until a teacher asked his class the question, “Who was worse; Mr or Mrs Macbeth?” Suddenly it all became relevant. And led me into some wonderful reading and some wonderful hours at an assortment of theatres.
Now to the hard part. Tagging four people. Wandering Coyote springs to mind because she introduced me to The Poisonwood Bible. Metro and Lori because they both have a close relationship with literature, and Cliff Burns for it should be instructive to see the answers of a writer to these questions. Should anyone else feel drawn to taking part in this meme, feel free. A link back would be nice but isn’t demanded 🙂