Book Meme: Andrea


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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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Thursday 15 November 2007 at 3:29 pm
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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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