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People say life is the thing, but I prefer reading*

Book Meme

Continuing yesterday's theme of books and bookishness...

I've been thinking about posting a meme on a regularish basis for a while now, but I always kind of forget about it. And they're not so popular any more - a few months ago I couldn't go a week without having to think about what my favourite cocktail was or my first pet's name or some such nonsense. So that doesn't bode well for my regular feature: Knowing Meme, Knowing You. But this one, of course, caught my interest to the point where I actually typed out my answers to the questions. I just forgot to post em.

1. Number of books owned
I don't know exactly, but over 300 - probably in the region of 320-330. I know this because I keep a catalogue in Excel (which is now sadly out of date due to house move but soon to be updated). That is the kind of sad freak that I am.

2. Last Book Bought:
Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Both £2 from the charity shop.

3. Last Book Read:
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, and am now reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

4. Five Books That Mean A Lot To Me:

I had to resist the urge to pick five of my childhood favourites here, as they are the books that I can truly say mean a lot to me, so I've included a token grown up book.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood - the first Atwood book I ever read, and the subject of my RPR in Higher English.

Winnie The Pooh by A. A Milne - every child should read about the adventures of Pooh, Piglet and the other inhabitants of Hundred Acre Wood, before they are sullied by Evil Disney Pooh*.

The Hobbit (and LOTR) by J.R.R Tolkien - I love being able to escape to Middle Earth for a while.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame - more talking animals, what more could you possibly want?!

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - I've lost count of the number of times I've read this. It's one of my all time favourite books, and the sad bit still has the ability to make me cry after all these years.

5. The book I’ve read more times than any other:

Probably either Little Women, Winnie the Pooh or Bill Bryson's Notes From A Big Country (now there's a book that'll make you snort tea up your nose)

6. Tag five people to continue this meme:
Unfortunately these are the only two bloggy friends that I have. I'm a Bloggy-No-Mates.

*Disclaimer: This is not the real Pooh. The REAL Pooh (before those Disney bastards got hold of him and turned him into the heinous, orange monstrosity in the above link) looks like this. This is something of a pet hate of mine, by the way, in case you hadn't guessed.

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At 20.10.06, Blogger Vicki said...

I really hope you are joking about the excel sheet Kat. . .

Number of Books:
OK I also love books (but Kat totally beats me on this). I love period Victorian flats with high bookshelves all along a wall filled to the top, that is my dream – in my Edinburgh flat I came close-ish – ok about 200 or so books (but not all credible). I had to leave most of them at home, you can read about my chosen few below (it was heart-breaking). Someone once told me if you loved a book set it free for someone else to read, I tried and ended up having to buy all my favorites again. . .

Last Read:
The new one from Nick Hornby, Low Way Down or something like that. . .I am in to escapism at the moment, I need to read about others people’s lives since there are not many people here surrounding me.

Last Bought:
I was part of book swapping circle in Edinburgh, I haven’t bought a book in months. I bought Boyfriend a book about Gaudi a few months ago. . .

Favourite Five:
The Chosen One’s that made it to Brussels:

Romeo and Juliet, Old Man Shakespeare: I will love this play and will until the day I die, I have seen it performed about a million times.

High Fidelity, Nick Hornby: Laugh out loud funny, I have highlighted all my favourite bits, all those insightful comments that make you think about life – shame they ruined it by making the film set in NY.

Best of British Verse, Various: A poem for every mood I say. . .

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen: I get tingles thinking will they, won’t they. . .even on the 20th reading.

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte: I treasure it for its contents and for the fact that my Nan gave me in the hope that I would love it as much as her,

I know its five but I brought one other with me here (as well as a mountain on unread):

BFG, Roald Dahl: I read it and remember being 8 like it was yesterday.    

At 22.10.06, Anonymous david said...

Does Edinburgh have library book sales? Perth and Kinross hold a library book sale about twice a year. Many books cost £1. It is a great way to get hold of books that you might not have thought of, or missed first time round. £20 buys a huge amount of reading.

I am reading Valerie Grove's biography of Laurie Lee. (massive hardback with photos: £1). Really interesting read.

btw, I agree with you about Pooh. This week there was someone on radio 4 speaking about how iconic the original illustrations are, and how no-one would dare re-illustrate the original text. Disney's attempt was really horrible.

Book out of pring that should be in print: "Old Peter's Russian Tales" by Arthur Ransome. Wonderful stories - strange, frightening and sometimes heartachingly beautiful. Often politically incorrect. Great to read to children.    

At 23.10.06, Blogger Teeny said...

Vic - I am not joking about the spreadsheet. It was actually C's idea, I had planned to buy some cards and a little catalogue box to keep em in!

David - I didn't even know libraries did that! Now I do I'll be sure to look out for one. Although I think the day I find somewhere that sells good books for £1 might signal the end of my Ikea bookshelves, and the need for some serious shelving units....    

At 25.3.07, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This is something of a pet hate of mine, by the way, in case you hadn't guessed."

Yay I'm not alone.    

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