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coprime: animated icon of a boy reading intensely and then shouting "But I don't want it to be over!!" (books)
Thursday, May 26th, 2005 12:49 am
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Comment and tell me. Then post this in your journal.

1. Total number of books I've owned:
Several hundred. Not sure exactly how many, but I have twelve bookshelves full in my room. And another two bookshelves full of the books I read when I was little in the basement.

2. Last book I bought:
The Chase of the Golden Meteor by Jules Verne (which looks like it'll be tons of fun)
Not Quite Dead Enough by Rex Stout (which is one of the WWII stories, so I'm interested in seeing what Archie and Nero were up to then)
Madrox by Peter David (which was funny and noir-ish)
(I bought those three on my last trip to the store, which is why I listed all of them.)

3. Last book I read:
The first book in the Star Trek: Gateways series. It wasn't especially interesting since it was setting up the rest of the series, but it wasn't bad either. I'm on the second book now and have no clue how it ties into the first book yet though. (I think the metal, alien zombies are the same people who had the abandoned station in the first book.)

4. 5 books that mean a lot to me:
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne: It was the first Verne book I ever read, and it made me fall in love with his books. Because there were all sorts of beautiful, detailed descriptions about the underwater places they were visiting. Jules Verne is one of my favorite authors, and I try to buy his books whenever I have the money and can find one I don't have.

[Redacted for personal info]: It's the first book my mom ever got published, and the character of Mary was loosely based off of me. (I was nine when she started writing it.) I've loved all my mom's books, some more than others, but this is the one that started her romance novel career.

Richard Scarry's Biggest Word Book Ever! by Richard Scarry: I learned to read with this book. At bedtime, my parents would only read one page to me because I pointed to every last thing that was labeled and ask what it said. It was a great book too; I especially remember the one pig character whose hat had been blown away by the wind and was on each page chasing it.

Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz: When I read this in 10th grade, it really resonated with me about what it means to be Christian-- that you should love everyone (even if you don't like them) and that, no matter how a person hurt you, you should forgive them. Even though I now identify myself as agnostic, this is still a lesson I try to live by; mostly it manifests itself by the fact that I try to never hate someone or wish/do them harm.

The Bride, The Wedding, The Secret, and Ransom by Julie Garwood: Yes, these are all cheesy historical romances. Yes, I realize that they're all incredibly formulaic. (That's why I couldn't pick just one; they're all the same book at heart.) However, if ever I want to just immerse myself into fun and romance, these are the books I turn to. They make me laugh and lift my spirits, and I think I've read each book listed at least three times each.

(Huh. I just noted that the books that mean the most to me are the ones that bring me exceptional amounts of joy. It's not that I never read deep, thought-provoking things that force me to reevaluate my opinions, but I almost never have a desire to reread those books. They have no sentimental value attached. [Quo Vadis snuck into the list because it was both joyous/sentimental and thought-provoking for me.])

5. Tag 5 people and have them fill this out in their LJs:
Anyone who wants to and reads this. :)