I can't believe it -- this is my ONE THOUSANDTH POST! Wowza. I'm shocked. I don't feel like I've been blogging this long.
A book meme from Anno:
Total number of books
Not as many as I used to have -- marriage to a neat-freak absolute NON pack-rat will do that to you. Still, I have about 50 - 100 (?)...maybe more if you count my writing books. Don't make me go count. The best part? I'm getting a whole new area soon, complete with more bookcases I can fill up *G*.
Last book read
Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn. What a fantastic fantasy! I blame it for getting me on the kick of writing a fantasy for NaNoWriMo. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am halfway through the second book of the series. I'm impressed with Ms. Shinn's writing ability, and will surely seek out books from her other series when I've exhausted this one.
Last book bought
In the same Amazon order:
Daily Life in the United States, 1920 - 1940; and
How To Do Everything With Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003
I'm a laugh a minute, aren't I?
Five meaningful books
Oh, good heavens, Five?? I don't typically do "meaningful". Let's see...
1. We Had Everything But Money - I discovered this book at my library while researching the depression era. I wrote a story set in 1946, and another (forthcoming) set in 1953 and I am planning two more -- one in 1933 and one in 1942. I love this time period... this book is on my wishlist, and I hope to get it for my bookshelf someday. It's a fabulous look at how the people then didn't see themselves as poor and how they opened their hearts and homes and lives to those in greater need. It's a shame we don't -- or aren't able to -- live the same way today.
2. "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch. Judy introduced me to this one, and what a truly amazing book it is. Despite how it is advertised, I think it's more for adults than children, and guaranteed to make every mother cry. Wonderful. Wonderful.
3. Food Revolution -- a must read for anyone who wants to see what really happens in the industry of raising animals for meat. It's written by the heir to the Baskin-Robbins throne, who is now vegan and eschews dairy products. Amazon describes it thusly: What can we do to help stop global warming, feed the hungry, prevent cruelty to animals, avoid genetically modified foods, be healthier and live longer? Eat vegetarian, Robbins argues. Noting the massive changes in the environment, food-production methods, and technology over the last two decades, he lambastes contemporary factory-farming methods and demonstrates that individual dietary choices can be both empowering and have a broader impact. I recommend it.
I've hit the wall... can't think of anything more "meaningful". In fact, in desperation, I turned to this site: "The 100 Most Meaningful Books Of All Time". It's now official -- I am TRULY a shallow person. I always suspected this, but the list proves it. Why? Because I have read... are you ready?... FIVE BOOKS off the entire list, and one I read because I had to for my college philosophy class ("The Death of Ivan Ilyich" in case you wondered). I have NOT read: Moby Dick, Wuthering Heights, Lolita or many other "classics". I know of them, and I recognized most of the titles and could probably tell you a smidge about their plots. But, I have NOT read them. And to be honest, I have no desire to do so.
So... there you have it. My deep, dark secret. Actually, I've never made any secret of my dislike of most classics. They're so tragic. Real life is too full of tragedy to waste my precious reading time on it. If you must give me a message in my books, do it in something happy. I think many children's books do that admirably: All the Narnia books, "A Wrinkle In Time", The Prydain Chronicles and more. They contain a message, but they also end well and make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I suppose those could count toward my quota, right?
So... want to play? Judy? Michele? Allie?
Anyone who reads this and wants to play, feel free. Just let me know, so I can peek!
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