Jen tagged me with the book Q & A. My two favorite things about being tagged are:
1. Logan will be extremely jealous.
2. I get to make a list (about books!).
So here's my book list.
1. Total number of books in your house.
650+ I'm tired of counting! Suffice it to say I never throw anything away, and my "friends" who borrow and never return my books are not making a significant dent! A picture of many of our books...
2. Last book you bought was:
I hardly ever buy books anymore (we made a rule that if you want to bring a book into the house, you have to get rid of a book, too). My mom decided that I need to read Ann Patchett, so she just bought me Bel Canto and Truth and Beauty when we were at the bookstore together the other day (that counts, right?). I haven't read either one, but she swears by them.
3. What was the last book you bought before this?
Oh, crap. Ummm. Can I cheat again? The last book (before the above) that was bought for me was Deborah Santana's autobiography, Space Between the Stars. My dad got it signed for me, too. I don't usually read nonfiction, so it was a nice change. I learned some interesting factoids, like before hooking up with Carlos Santana, Deborah (then King) was with Sly Stone. It has some good stuff about San Francisco and the music scene in the 70s, and a lot of religion (especially about their brain-washing guru Sri Chinmoy). Carlos Santana is like an uncle in our family, since my brother is named after him, we grew up on his music, and he is like a god to my dad (musically, of course).
4. Write down five or six books you read often or that mean a lot to you.Miss Manner's Guide to Excrutiatingly Correct Behavior
. I guess you have to have a certain sense of humor to enjoy this collection of Judith Martin's best politely vicious etiquette comebacks.Barchester Towers
. It's the epitome of what I love about British (esp. Victorian) Literature: witty, pompous, and neatly tied up with pink ribbons at the end.A Passage to India
. Forster is a genius. This little book encompasses so much: manners, politics (particularly imperialism), travel, gender. It's a lit critic's wet dream, but it's also very accessible.Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book
. My brother's roommate Suleiman, who was also my best friend's boyfriend, sent me this book for my birthday one year. He probably just wanted to make Shoshana jealous, but he sent it with a sympathy card for my family (as in, so sorry you've had to put up with her). I love jokes like that--especially when they're taken to such lengths. Anyway, it's basically a picture book of squashed fairies, captured by the young Lady Cottington. It has an X-rated section of pages in the middle that is secured with a paper band, which has squished fairies with exposed body parts. I love thinking about the freak that liked drawing x-rated squished fairies and figured out a way to make money at it.Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey
. Does anyone remember this skit on SNL? Here's a quote from the book: "It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man..." The book is full of the show's best deep thoughts (which were seemingly sentimental, sweet ponderings that make no sense and show the moronic behavior of Jack Handy). My favorite is probably only funny to me, but it goes something like this: "One time I was at a museum, looking at a painting. A woman walked up and asked if I prefer Monet or Manet. I said I prefer mayonnaise." Everytime I hear the word mayonnaise (or Manet or Monet or anyone being pompous about art) I think of that and laugh to myself.D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
. Just looking at the cover brings back strong memories of childhood. I loved this book as much as you can love an inanimate object as a child (which is a lot, no?). For one thing, people get their just desserts (except Zeus, who gets away with almost everything), and the punishment always fits the crime. Sure, sometimes people are punished unfairly, but that's life, right?
5. Who are you going to pass this stick to and why?
Logan, because he'll pout for weeks if I don't.