Books, glorious books ...

My fellow blogger/blog-pal (what exactly is the proper term for someone you've never met, but whose blog you read regularly and happily?) Pacian has tagged me to do a meme, so ....

Total number of books owned

This is a really tough one to answer. I would say it must be somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-300, but truthfully most of them are in boxes. I only have about 25 or 30 in my room at the moment (the rest are in boxes in the garage here in CA, in my room in WV, or in boxes in the attic in WV).

Last book bought

A couple months back I went into the local Goodwill thrift store to look for pots to put my orchids in, and couldn't resist checking out the book selection. I bought:

Font Page: A Collection of Historical Headlines from the Los Angeles Times,
The Complete Plays of T.S. Eliot,
To Kill a Mockingbird
and 4 Little Golden Books (The Poky Little Puppy, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, and The Jungle Book) because my grandma used to read them to me when I was a child, and they were on sale for 50 cents each (how can you pass up happy memories at 50 cents a pop? lol).

Last book read

The Complete Plays of T.S. Eliot

Five books that mean a lot to you

Um... wow, that's hard!

1) The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
Proof that my 6th grade English teacher was wrong .. superfluous detail is never superfluous, and run-on sentences can be an illuminating thing of beauty.

2) The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran
I know it's cliche, but I just don't care, it's an amazing book - probably the book most responsible for the way I process my life. More influential, for me, than any religious text I've come across.

3) The Complete Poems - Anne Sexton
Reading her poetry as a teenager taught me that writing was meant to be truthful, and therefore, sometimes jarring. Not for the sake of boldness itself, but for the sake of survival - and that survival itself is something you purchase, daily, with small acts of honesty.

4) Harry the Dirty Dog
My Favorite book as a kid.

5) The Gospel of Thomas (Gnostic Gospels/Nag Hammadi Library)
My favorite religious text of all time - I know, it's apocryphal, but it's still my fave - a collection of sayings attributed to Jesus. Included, is the most amazing thought I've ever read (the one I would most like to get tattooed on my arm if not for the fact that I'm scared I'll be allergic to the ink - cowardly of me, I know): If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth shall save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth shall destroy you.

I now tag : La Yen, K-Dragon (that's my new nickname for you, if you don't mind), b., and anyone else who reads this and wants to play.

CelticTigger, since you don't have a blog to post this fabulous silliness on, you're welcome to post your answers here as a comment, if you want to play too :)


b. said...

Y'mean I gotta think?
And your mom....ugh!
I'll work on this...
Hang in there.

LuluBunny said...

thanks b. - and no rush :)

Pacian said...

Very interesting.

Had you not read To Kill a Mockingbird already? I read it in school, and can't help but think of it as a book that everyone has read...

LuluBunny said...

Yes, I've read Mockingbird before, but a) if I ever actually owned a copy of it, it is not currently accessible to me, b) I like to re-read things from time to time because I get something different out of it each time, and c) I have been meaning to re-read this one since seeing CAPOTE a year ago and INFAMOUS a handful of months ago - INFAMOUS being the much better film IMHO (both of which, obviously, feature Harper Lee strongly).

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