Before I get back to the post requests, I thought I'd do that book meme that's floating around. Although I am not the avid reader I once was, I do enjoy a good book. I am actually a seasonal reader and for some reason view reading as a "winter sport." I have no idea why that is, it just is.
1. How many books do I own? I have no idea. We have a library. Oh no, not a fancy rich people library, but a room lined with shelves, which are in turn lined with books. We have a LOT of books.
2. What was the last book I read? This is a tough one because I tried to to read The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx because I love the movie so much, but her prose is so very, uhm, heck I forgot. I just couldn't get into it. And I've been leafing through a book I read a few years ago called Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg, it's about Katharine Hepburn and I just adore her and love reading her recollections. But I guess the last book I read was probably Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda. It was touching and funny and sweet.
3. What was the last book I bought? Well that would be Einstein by Walter Isaacson. I'm just waiting for winter so I can read it.
4. Five meaningful books that I've read. This is a tough one because the first book that I read that made me want to really read was a Dana Girls Mystery which got me started on the Nancy Drew books. Before that I was mostly interested in Fairy Tales. And the fairy tales turned me into a pack rat because the protagonist always hung onto every little thing he found and then was able to use it to win the day. Oh, okay, I digress.
- I don't know the name of it, but in elementary school I read either a biography or autobiography of Helen Keller and was profoundly touched by her story.
- The Count of Monte Cristo. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I've probably read it 5 or 6 times and will read it again. It's a fun and amazing adventure. And it makes me feel like I can conquer the world.
- To Kill a Mockingbird. This was the first book that didn't seem like a pure fantasy. It seemed like I could have been Scout and my brother was Jem. The story was just great and it, too is a book that I will read again and again.
- The Catcher in The Rye. Although this one hasn't held up as well as the last two, it's really a great read when you're going through the weirdness of high school. And it taught me A LOT about punctuation because I did my first research paper on "The Language of The Catcher in The Rye."
- I think for this last one I have to pick the tiny decrepit paperback that I found at a used bookstore 26 or 7 years ago. It was printed in 1945. The title is: The Pocket Book of Popular Verse edited by Ted Malone. Just inside the cover is a lady's lipstick print and printed on the back cover there is a small plea to "share this book with someone in uniform." I really love this little book. It has all of the classic poets and a few odd pieces - one poem is obviously about vampires. Here's a nice one:
HYACINTHS TO FEED THY SOUL
If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed the soul.
The Gulistan of Moslih Eddin Saadi