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1) Total number of books I've owned?

I'd say, in the house right now, there are about a thousand books. In my life, I've had quite a few more, but really, didn't want to cling to things like Debbie Macomber books. (In case you don't know, that's a romance novel author. Ew. Hey, I was 12!) Never mind the LARP books I just gave away... etc etc.

2) The last book I bought?

The Last book I bought that actually came into this house AND was read in toto would be The Value of Believing in Yourself, an out-of-print favorite from childhood which I just discovered was writen by the "Who Moved My Cheese" guy about whom I will have to rescind my previous "hope he dies in a fire" sentiments. The last book I actually purchased which has not yet arrived was Opening the Musical Box: A Genesis Chronicle. What, did you think I was kidding about being obsessive?

3) The last book I read?

Other than the kids book mentioned above, I can't remember the last book I actually finished, like right down to the last page. I'm sure it was something terrible. The last book I performed the act of reading upon was Nadine Gordimer's Jump and other stories, with Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray a close second.

4) Five books that mean a lot to me:

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
Issues in Feminism - My introduction to feminist theory. I'm sure I could pick one of the texts that this books takes excerpts from, but honestly this has it all.
Handling Sin
Asylum - The first book club book. Book club is special to me!
Little, Big - A recent find. Something I am going to re-read, which says alot, because I never re-read.

You're supposed to pass it on to specific people, but I am not into artificially limiting things like that today! So uh, if you want to share, please do.

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ladycakes
May. 13th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
I was obsessed with Mike Mulligan as a kid because my mom always called me MIke and her name is Mariann. I still get excited every time I see it.
peregrin8
May. 13th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
ohhhh! I *LOVE* Little, Big.
examorata
May. 13th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Wait, the genius who enlightened my childhood with the story of Louis Pasteur also wrote the craptacular "Who Moved My Cheese?"!? Aiee, my world is spinning!
snidegrrl
May. 13th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Although I think I would have found the cheese book infinitely less offensive if not presented to me in such... negative circumstances. Still mildly offensive, nonetheless. He also wrote "The One Minute Manager" and a slew of other crap. Oy. But the Value Tales! They live on!
tomorrow_devil
May. 14th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
1) Total number of books I've owned?

I've owned? Maybe over a thousand. That I own now? Maybe around 370 between the ones here and my office. (35 on a shelf, probably eleven shelves of books.) Counting comic books, I have more like 1500 books between here and Virginia.

2) The last book I bought?

The last book I bought was "Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson.

3) The last book I read?

The last book I read was "Mountain Gloom, Mountain Glory" by Marjorie Hope Nicholson.

4) Five books that mean a lot to me:

The Last Dinosaur Book by WJT Mitchell
The Gay Science
Call of Cthulhu role-playing game rules v.5, published by Chaosium Games
The Companion Species Manifesto by Donna Haraway has been a necessity.
The Magic of the State by Michael Taussig, which is an argument for the tripiness of reality.
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