Book Meme: Andrea

I’ve also been tagged by Flo to participate in the book meme… It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to read anything. I went through a brief and wonderful period where I could read while lying down and nursing Natalie. Those days are over now that she eats books (for proof, check out Natalie’s blog). Maybe it’s just her way of establishing a voracious appetite for words, which she no doubt gets from both her parents…

My current reading list:

  • Grace is Where I Live by John Leax
  • The Baby Book by Dr. Sears (This is the first time in a long time that I’m not currently nibbling on a half-dozen books at once…)

Total number of books in my library:

  • 371, according to Library Thing, though we have more that aren’t listed, so perhaps as many as 500

Last book finished:

  • Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts by Fiona Giles
  • Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (I can’t remember which one I finished most recently)

Last book bought:

  • No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty (I toyed with the idea of participating in NaNoWriMo. I decided I’d rather make Christmas cards.)

Five meaningful books (besides the Bible):

  • The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook (I love to cook and have learned so much from this book)
  • The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (Bret wooed me with this book)
  • AP Stylebook (I’ve used it every day of my journalistic career)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (his use of language is beautiful and inspiring)

Five favorite books:

  • Death is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury (it’s hard to pick just one Bradbury book as a favorite — I love them all)
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (I loved this book so much in high school that I kept the school copy — I paid for it, of course)
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (I remember my dad reading this to me when I was little)
  • The Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher
  • Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts by Fiona Giles

I tag: Susan Sullivan, Daja, Maggie, and Jen

Andrea,
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Flo, (Email ) (URL) - 16-11-’07 02:34

We share a meaningful book! I guess that’s bound to happen when I put 3 CS Lewis titles in my group of 5.
He’s just SO good!!! Not fair at all… I wish some of that genius could be spread around a little bit.
Except then we wouldn’t have those books…so I guess I can be content to be of mediocre brain power if it means I get to enjoy the masterpieces of others. Haha!

Also, have we not seen you guys in like, 20 years? We should hang out. With Sera off at college we have plenty of time these days…. oh wait…

Susan, - 17-11-’07 01:05

Andrea, you should know that I agonized over this list! It’s hard for someone who works in a library to come up with a list of books that are meaningful or enjoyable (or both!). I just plain-ol’ love books! I’ll post it on my blog on myspace too. Thanks, it was fun!

My current reading list:

* The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger * The Mother of all Toddler Books by Ann Douglas * Anything by Nora Roberts or in the romance genre (explanation: I use these books to decompress far more often than TV or movies)

Total number of books in my library:

* 577, listed in Library Thing, but there are maybe 150 more that I haven’t had time to add yet

Last book finished:

* H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton * The Mother of all Toddler Books by Ann Douglas (I know, it’s on my current reading list too – but that’s the way it works when there’s an active toddler running around the house. AND, I’m not even sure how much I like this book yet…)

Last book bought:

* I bought Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card for a friend and board books for Brian, but I have no idea what book I bought last for myself.

Five meaningful books (besides the Bible):

* Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson (Besides being a pretty good read, there is one chapter in this book that describes life as compartmentalized into balls. It was such a good and clear image to me that I’ve gone back to it several times.) * Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde (what an interesting concept…) * Night by Eli Wiesel * The entire Ender/Bean series by Orson Scott Card (WOW! Cultural, socio-cultural and socio-political! Everything an anthropology major who doesn’t like science fiction could ever want!) * To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Five favorite books:

* Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery * The Odyssey by Homer * The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien * Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – meaning of course, that I enjoyed the other six books too. *Any romance novel written by a writer that can actually compose sentences and paragraphs. Sorry this is so hard to read…
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