Book Meme : Bret

Mmm…books. Our friend Flo tagged us with some book questions and I finally have a minute or two to respond. Here goes:

My currently reading list:

  • Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo
  • The Collected Poems of Wendell Berry, 1957-1982
  • The 2006 International Building Code (not really a joke…I just got a big project with a strict deadline assigned to me, so I need to become an expert in the new code in short order)
  • This is not even close to the complete list of books that I’m in the middle of, but they are the ones I’ll be reading if I find any free time.

Total number of books in my library:

  • Well, we have 371 listed in Library Thing plus various cookbooks, little kid books, etc. Maybe 450-500 total?

Last book finished:

  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (Modern, quirky, and ethereal…I liked it. Fair warning if you read it: there is one disturbingly violent scene, but at least it’s not unnecessary.)

Last book(s) bought (I can’t remember which was most recent):

  • Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

5 meaningful books: (to me? for people in general? eh…I’ll mix and match)

  • The Bible (of course…I like NIV & ESV)
  • Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper (the intro and first few chapters rocked my world the first time I read them)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (most meaningful because of the people I’ve read it to)
  • The art books I used to read at Grandma and Grandpa Wingo’s house
  • I don’t know about #5…I’ll fill this hole for now with Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down by Marva Dawn because it’s a good book that could use a shout-out.

5 favorite books:

  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (again, for different reasons now than in the past)
  • Whales on Stilts by M. T. Anderson (a young adult’s book, and a fantastic one)
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy (although this one does feel a little bit obligatory)

I tag: my brother Ryan, Brian Kay, Garret Hamner, Greg Hamerly, and Jim Richards. (That is, if any of you ever read this…if you respond, leave a comment here!)

Bret,
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Tuesday 13 November 2007 at 11:18 pm
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Greg Hamerly, - 14-11-’07 08:28

Currently reading:
Bono on Bono (Assayas) (got through half of it, had to return it to the library)
Travels with Charley (Steinbeck)
The emperor’s new mind (Penrose)
Various books on algorithms, computer science theory, and machine learning (work-related)

I have 378 books in LibraryThing, but the majority of those are from my office (which I do consider fun reading), and most of our home books aren’t cataloged. Probably 500-700 total (I know, very rough estimate).

Last book finished: I’m almost done with Travels with Charley, and prior to that I finished Jesus Land (Scheeres)

Last book(s) bought: something for work related to computer science

5 meaningful books:
The bible
Desiring God (I also liked the first few chapters I read)
Theory of computation (Sipser)
Steven Caney’s Invention Book (Caney)
Mere christianity (Lewis)

5 (actually 6) favorite books:
The Trial (Kafka) (fascinated me in high school)
Into the wild (Krakauer) (only book I can remember reading in one sitting; took me all night)
The gunslinger (first book in the series) (King)
The sacred diary of Adrian Plass, aged 37 3/4 (Plass)
Multiple books on math history by Amir Aczel
(1 extra: When I was a kid, I loved “The great brain” series by John Fitzgerald)

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