I've been tagged by PNH, and the hardest thing, besides counting books, is who to tag next.
Books owned: I'd say I own about 800-1000 books. I keep giving some away but I always have way too many left.
Last Book Bought: A pre-order, actually, of The Sound of Us by Sarah Willis. She's a good friend, she and I are doing a book signing together in July, and my book group is reading the book.
Last Book Read: Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell. It's an old book, 1984. It made North Point Press a ton of money, and like many lottery winners they set out from there on the road to bankruptcy. It's about Custer at Little Bighorn, but like all good historicals, it is broader and richer because of the way it contextualizes its subject.
Five Books That Mean a Lot to You:
Star Rangers by Andre Norton. I don't dare read this again, but it was the first real sf book I ever read and it changed my life. I mean, here I am, writing sf, right?
The Sound and the Fury By William Faulkner. When I was in high school, my English teacher told me to read it. It was like climbing a mountain. I was almost finished with the Benjy section (the first section) when it clicked with me that Benjy was mentally retarded and I understood how the prose was working. I went back and started over again. I didn't understand it completely but I got most of the book, and the mind-expanding possibilities of prose, and the sense of mastery were powerful. It's not the Faulkner I re-read--that's As I Lay Dying but it was my first.
The Lonely Planet: China My copy is very dated, but it's the one that I used when I lived in China for a year. So when I look back at it, it is full of memories.
The New Basics by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. It's a cookbook, and along with a handful of other cookbooks including The Splendid Table by Lynne Rosetto Kasper (which is a great and informative read) it has probably affected the day to day life of my family and me as much as any book I ever read.
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. It was a wonderful read. But it means a lot to me as a teacher, because i often assign it to students, and because my son was assigned it. He wasn't a reader in high school, but The Things They Carried seems to have infected him. And now he raids his father's stock of sf paperbacks to read at school.
I tag (trying to remember who has already been tagged) anton_p_nym, bram452, sleigh, coffeejedi, aynjel