Total Number of Books I Own:
This is unknowable. Seriously. I have no idea, and I am terrible at estimating things just by looking at them. I can’t tell how many people are in a crowd, and I certainly have no idea how many books are on my shelf. Let me go ask Mike what he thinks . . . he says around 800. We got rid of a bunch lately, both on Amazon and giving them to the church. And the Great-Let’s-Send-Mike-Back-To-School project has put a serious damper on any book buying there might normally have been. Although, as I have mentioned, I am not the kind of person who goes crazy in a bookstore.
Last Book I Bought:
Well, this isn’t very fun for any of you, is it, since I already mentioned that the last book I bought was The Ordering of Love, Madeleine L’Engle’s new poetry book, purchased with a store credit at Barnes and Noble. Before that, the last book Mike got me was, I believe, Plan B by Anne Lamott. Kelly gave me A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson and Secure in God’s Embrace by Ken Fong. The next book we will be purchasing is, of course, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. yaaaaaaay!
Books I’m Reading Now:
I am not currently in the middle of anything, because I finished three books on Saturday, so I’m going to tell you what I’ve been reading and what is in my pile to read.
-Mike and I are still working our way through The Chronicles of Narnia. We have finished Prince Caspian. (reread)
-Harry Potter, books 1-5 (a reread)
-The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books 1-3 (book 1, reread; books 2 & 3 were new to me)
-The King’s English by Betsy Burton
-Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (reread, for my book club)
-The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (reread, with Mike)
-The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (reread, for my book club)
-The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
-A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
-Swimming with Scapulars by Matthew Lickona
(I’m going on vacation, so I’m allowed to have a lot of “up nexts.”)
Books That Have Been Important To Me:
Well, you can find my top ten favorite books here. Those are the ones I am always mentioning: Pride and Prejudice, Traveling Mercies, Gaudy Night. Since I have already talked about those, I’ll give you a few others. (Oh, and I think saying “the Bible” is totally cheating. The Bible is more than a book.)
-Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Oh, how I wanted to be Anne (spelled with an E). My mom almost went crazy with the talking I did about “kindred spirits” and “the depths of despair.” When I found out there were more Anne books, it was better than Christmas. Of the grown-up Anne books, I like Anne of the Island and Rilla of Ingleside the best.
-The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Until recently, I would have said that I liked The Hobbit better than The Lord of the Rings. Now I would probably say that I appreciate the richness of LotR better. Part of my affection for it was the way I heard the story – my cousin and I were staying at our grandparents’ house, and he must have just read it, because we stayed up really late and he told me the whole story. Even the riddles that Bilbo and Gollum told. I went home and got a copy as soon as I could. I was probably about nine. When kids come to the desk and ask for the book, I always ask how old they are, and tell them that I was about their age when I first read it.
-Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It’s not in my top ten, but it would be in my top twenty. One of my favorite quotes comes from it, for one thing. Anything I could say about this book would be woefully inadequate, so, just . . . read it.
I’m passing this on to three people:
Mike (because I like to hear him talk about books)
Kelly (because her blog is new) Kelly’s answers
Susan (but I bet she won’t have time right now) Susan’s answers (I was wrong.)
And, for the record, I’m refusing to do any more of these baton thingies for a while. hehe.