This meme has been going around for awhile. Since it’s Friday and I’ve not been able to read much this week other than for school, I’m jumping on the bandwagon.

How many books do you own? Between my Bookman and me we have thus far cataloged 2,969 books at LibraryThing. We are not done cataloging. We probably have another hundred or so books yet to go. And of course there are always new books to add.

Last book you bought? Last book I bought was actually two on the same trip, Michael Dirda’s Bound to Please and The Love of Books by Richard De Bury.

Last book someone bought you? That would be Lord of the Flies from my Bookman when I couldn’t get it from the library.

Last book read? The last book I completed was Emerson: The Mind on Fire. As you can see by the sidebar, there are quite a few in progress. I hope to have some of them done soon.

Five books that mean a lot to me:

  1. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. Charlotte’s Web is my knee-jerk answer because I love that book dearly. But Island of the Blue Dolphins was both wonderful and became proof that I was a good reader. I think I must have been in third grade when I read it and my cousin who is ten years older than me saw me with it and didn’t believe that I was reading it. She was sure it was too hard for me. She grabbed the book from my hands and started randomly pointing at words, challenging me. I knew ever word. Her response? A baffled, I guess you can read that book.
  2. James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small books. He inspired me to want to be a veterinarian which prompted me to go away to college where I learned a lot about myself and people and tried new things, some of them stupid. I changed my major to English and obviously never became a vet, but I have a heck of a lot of good memories.
  3. Time’s Power, Poems: 1885-1988 by Adrienne Rich. There is a poem in the book that inspired my first tattoo. The book also led me to write my master’s thesis on Rich.
  4. Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry for helping me understand why it is important to integrate poetry and imagination into all aspects of everyday life.
  5. Emerson’s Conduct of Life. I liked Emerson before I got to this book, but this book made me fall in love. Practical, yet idealistic and spiritual, this book has a lot to say about how one should live. It is full of beautiful thoughts beautifully written.

And tomorrow I will attempt to participate in the 24 -hour read-a-thon. It starts at 8 a.m. for me. I’ll be posting regular updates on my progress. I suspect a lot of my reading will be school-related at least early on because I have a paper due Sunday night. But I hope to get some other reading in too. You’ll be able to tell just how tired I am by the incoherence of the updates.