Sunday, May 22, 2005

Booky Goodness

Even though B List didn't tag me for this, I'm gonna do it anyway! So there!

Total number of books owned: I have no idea. 600? When it's a slow day, I should count them. The Mr. thinks I should get rid of some. I just tell him HE can get rid of some. I'm keeping mine. I don't like to get rid of books.

The last book I bought: The porn history book I'm reading at the moment. I have generally stopped buying books since I realized one month that I spent $80 at Barnes & Noble. And I hate paying for something I can get for free. An exception was made for the porn book, because my library is a prude.

The last book I read: Looky to the left.

Five books that mean a lot to me:
A is for Annabelle, by Tasha Tudor: My mom read this to me seemingly almost daily when I was little, and I loved everything about the book. The girly pink cover! Z is for Zither! X is for xylophone!

Make No Law, by Anthony Lewis: I had to read this for media law my junior year for my report on the Pentagon Papers. Except I procrastinated and partied until about 3 days before the report was due. When I finally buckled down and started reading the book I devoured it, much to my surprise. It was so good. Completely fascinating. I finished the report and got a B, I think. Until that point, I wasn't huge on non-fiction. I always had the notion that it was dry and boring and only for people who were lonely and bored. But this book made me realize how gripping it could be and commenced a love affair that has grown bigger each year.

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger: I was fortunate enough to escape reading this in high school English. Which meant that I could read it on my own and actually enjoy it. Apparently I was in the minority on both counts, because I remember reading it one morning on the bus to school and getting all kinds of weird looks whenever I laughed out loud. Which was a lot. Those poor kids were missing out.

Elements of Style, by Strunk and White: For grammar and punctuation sticklers. Hours of fun! And small enough to carry in your purse! Although I don't. I swear.

Me, by Katharine Hepburn: My grandma got me into her, and I remember her wanting Katharine's autobiography the minute it came out. I soon found out why: Katharine just plain freaking rules. Beautiful, smart, no-nonsense, tough as nails, ahead of her time. I love her.