1) Total number of books owned:
I have NO clue. I have books in boxes all over the house ... and books in bookshelves, and books on floors, and books under beds ... um, too many, maybe? Nah, can't have too many books!! I have old books, new books, used books, and inbetween books. Rare books, bestsellers, kid books, LOTS of Dr. Seuss, beautiful picture books and huge novels written in teeny, tiny print. I suppose one could easily say reading is a passion for me!
2) Last book I bought:
The last book I bought JUST FOR ME was a reprint of Dune by Frank Herbert (Dune) . I believe the actual last book I purchased was the most recent issue of Hellsing (Hellsing, Volume 6) for my daughter.
3) Last book I read:
Last book I read, completely, was Dune. After that, I was working on The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Addams (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), but left it with my best friend last week cuz her cat died and she needed cheering up!
4) Five books that mean a lot to me:
- The Voyage of the Bassett by James Christensen. (The Voyage of the Bassett) This is, for me, one of the most truly gorgeous books a parent can read to a child. The pictures within pictures within pictures are all so vivid and beautifully drawn and colored. The story is fascinating and thought-provoking as well. I often re-read it just to marvel at the artistry, both written and drawn!!
- The National Quarter Horses by Jack McBryde. Most definitely out of print. This isn't really the sort of "book" I think the meme was talking about, but since I had it on order from Amazon.com for almost TWO years before a copy of it became available, and since it cost me over $150.00, I think its got to rank as something that means a LOT.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. My copy of the Wizard was my mother's and still has her name in it. Slightly disheveled, pages loose, by no means a "rare" copy, but meaningful nonetheless.
- Driven to Distraction (Driven to Distraction) by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey. This is the book that clued me into my biggest problem with life, the universe and EVERYTHING. It is a book that helps one discern whether or not one has Attention Deficit Disorder and is especially helpful in diagnosing Adult ADD. Anyone who has ever wondered if they have ADD, or who experiences a feeling of not being able to stay on track, never finishing anything, feeling out-of-touch with the rest of the world might profit from reading AT LEAST the list of symptoms in this book. I have purchased this book multiple times and passed each copy along to some other 'distracted' soul in hopes of helping.
- Its a toss-up between Journey of Souls (Journey of Souls) and Destiny of Souls (Destiny of Souls) by Michael Newman, PhD. I forget which one is the first of the two, but both are case studies of a psychiatrist who specializes in past-life regression. Whether or not one believes in souls and their continuity through many lives, it is fascinating material! If one is interested in exploring the possibility of past lives, these two books provide the inquisitive mind with answers to some questions that plague many of us.
5)Tag three people and have them fill this out in their journals: