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.