Book it

Emily at Portia Rediscovered tagged me (all the way from Californee!) with the book meme that’s in circulation. What a relief! I’ve enjoyed reading the responses to this on other blogs and wondering when I was going to get hit, and beginning to think it might turn into one of those “last one picked” traumas that would scar me for life!

What is the total number of books you have ever owned?
“Owning” reflects such a capitalistic mindset – I prefer to think of myself as a Protector, stewarding these precious resources for…. Oops! Which one of my college textbooks did that come out of? I don’t know how many books I’ve owned, or even how many I have now. Right now there’s probably at least 100 within arm’s reach on shelves (and a quick glance at one shelf in the “L’s” has Louis L’Amour, Elmore Leonard and C.S. Lewis having an interesting conversation) and I know I’ve got the entire Travis McGee series in paperback in a box somewhere. While some might say,”If you love something set it free and if it doesn’t come back it was never really yours to begin with,” this doesn’t fly with my personal collection – or my local public library. However many books I’ve owned, I’m sure the number is dwarfed by the number I’ve checked out from the library. At any given time I usually have two or three books out – and, thanks to time spent blogging, I’m the least voracious book reader in the immediate family.

What is the last book you’ve purchased?
Hard to say, since the library is my primary channel. Probably “Blog” and “In, But Not Of” by Hugh Hewitt. I do know the book I’ve purchased most often and given as a gift is “Einstein’s Dreams” by Alan Lightman, and I expended the most energy in tracking down the “Swan Lake/A City in Winter/The Veil of Snows” Mark Helprin and Chris Van Allsburg trilogy. Oh, and I did score the “Captain Underpants” boxed set.

What is the last book you have read?
I just finished “Two O’clock Eastern War Time” by John Dunning, a novel set in the early days of World War II. It’s primarily a mystery, but it lovingly describes the early, exciting and creative days of a mold-shattering new media: radio. It’s a great perspective, and reminded me a lot of what is going on in the blogosphere today. I’m also just about finished with “Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America.” (See the “On the Nightstand” entry in my right-hand sidebar.

What are five books that mean a lot to you?

Of course, what’s a good meme without passing the assignment on to others. I’ve enjoyed reading the selections described by other MOB members who I’ve already gotten to know a bit through their blog writings. There are several new MOB members, however, who I’ve been looking in on and I’d like to get to know them better so I’m tagging them here. So, Actually a Chef, anything on your shelves besides cookbooks? Feet to the Fire, your feet are, well, to the fire. Always Right, Usually Correct – how did you get that way? And North Star Liberty, your site is a bit “wonky” – have you read anything but position papers lately? I invite each of you to answer the questions above. I’ll watch your blogs and link to you when you post your responses. By all means, feel free to inflict this on five others (each) as well.

Hmmm, that’s four. Okay, blogger number five I already know pretty well, but good readers usually start young, so Tiger Lilly, what are you getting out of those 15 books you check out of the library every week?

8 thoughts on “Book it

  1. Wow, I love how eclectic your collection is. I have “Einstein’s Dreams” sitting on my shelf. I’ve never read it, but now I’m going to have to. Thanks for the mini review.

    I enjoyed reading your post. I’m glad I tagged you. 🙂

  2. Glad to do it, Em. I liked your C.S. Lewis selections, though I like Screwtape and Surprised by Joy best. When you finish your Churchill book you should take on “Witness” by Whitaker Chambers, who testified against Alger Hiss, for an inside look at that trial, the Communist Party and one man’s journey to conservatism.

  3. Darn, I got tagged from someone else…do I have to do that again? And then, I tagged you, but you’ve been tagged already. I love how chain mail makes the rounds.


  4. And to answer your question…I got this way simply by losing to many arguments while I was a bleeding hearter. That and my experiences while homeless and then in the Air Force changed me more than anything. As I was telling Marty, there is no book that really influenced me. I usually buy stuff simply for knowledge but none of them changed me. All of my books are for entertainment or education. I learn much, but they do not affect me.

  5. It can be funny how these things get around, and I wanted to get some of the new MOB members involved. I know it greatly encouraged me when I started all those months (4) ago. Nice list, btw. And booze doesn’t affect me.

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