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That book meme.

I was tagged by angelpez last week, so here you go...

1. Total number of books owned: it's tough to estimate since most of them have been packed up since summer 2003. I'd ballpark it around 600.

2. The last book I bought: I haven't bought any new books in awhile. The last books I was given were Don Norman's The Psychology of Everyday Things and Things That Make Us Smart for Mother's Day.

3. The last book I read: I'm currently reading Things That Make Us Smart as my fast read, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest as my (increasingly) slow read. I'm assured that once I get a little further in, it will pick up tremendously; my problem is sticking with it instead of wandering off to read the latest Cook's Illustrated or something else that catches my eye.

4. Five books that mean a lot to me:
- A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander, et al. The best book I have ever read on design.
- Coming of Age in the Milky Way , Timothy Ferris. This not only humanized cosmology for me at a young age, it really fed my love of astronomy and deepened the sense of awe I felt when I looked through the 1878 Alvan Clark telescope at Seagrave Observatory.
- Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams. You were expecting me to say Hitchhiker's Guide and tell you my first day of kindergarten story, weren't you? Ha! I would love to be as cool as Reg someday, but if I were, I couldn't really tell you about it.
- Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey. Only a very few children's books are worth owning in more than three languages. This is one of them. I packed a copy in my hospital bag so it was the first story Laurel heard, followed by Eloise in Moscow. Hee.
- So Far From God, Ana Castillo. One of my favorite pieces of modern Chicano mystical fiction. La Loca is one of my all-time favorite characters. The recipes aren't bad either.

5. Tag 7 people and have them fill this out on their blogs: Eh, tag yourself if you're interested.

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revme
Jun. 6th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
I've found that IJ is good for the first ~200 pages, and Un-Put-Down-Able after that.

My answers to the meme from a while ago

and

A bit more on House Of Leaves as referenced there. Sadly, my "last thing read" status hasn't actually changed from posting that. The new Believer is still on my shelf looking at me to read it. Which I really want to do, just haven't found the time or somethin'. (some spoilers, btw.)

But yes, tagging seems kind of weird, to me -- seems to me that if it's a meme, you wouldn't need to tell people to do it. They just, you know, would. Tagging seems to imply that it's the Lil Brudder of memes. It can make it on its own!

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