More than Five Books….

I’ve been tagged by Army of Mom for a book meme.

1) Total number of books I own:  Who can say?  There are thousands of books in this house, and ownership overlaps.  People who come to visit are always impressed/overwhelmed by so many books. 
Shelves Full.  Stacks on the floor.  Beside the lamp, on top of the TV, under the desk. 
We are supposed to be getting ready for a rummage sale.  There will be many books going out.  Hope springs eternal.

2)  Last book I bought:  It’s been ordered from E-bay, at the Buy it Now! price of $3.50.  An older hardback of The Carpenter’s Lady by Barbara Delinsky, who is one of my favorite romance authors. 
It is my comfy goal for the end of Summer Session classes. 
I like to sit and read a book in a day after I have accomplished something worthwhile.

3)  Last book I read: To read all the way through was for last Fall semester Children’s Literature class, I think.  No wait, mid-winter, borrowed from the library.  The Summer I Dared by Barbara Delinsky.  Otherwise, I read two newspapers, and several weblogs every day, and whatever assignments for my HCC classes.  Research for a Speech takes lots of time, not so fun.

4)  Five books that mean alot to me:
  A)  In Every Tiny Grain of Sand, a child’s book of prayers and praise collected by Reeve Lindbergh.  The pictures by different artists, the mixture of reading material.  Good for so many occasions.  And I’ve given away at least a dozen as gifts.

B)  Motherhood, the Second Oldest Profession by Erma Bombeck. 

C)  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I own an old copy in hardback and Excellent Condition.  The first time I read this book was assigned reading in 8th grade.  My mom got on a committee to have it banned from the Reading List, and I, in adolescent protest, told her she was full of s**t. 
My dad read it over a 24 hours span (he worked shifts at the mill), just to see what all the fuss was about.
  When he finished, he told mom to get off the committee, that was some really good reading, and school Should make everybody learn all about it. 
One of the best times I remember when Dad pulled his ‘head of household’ Bible clout. 

D)  The Golden Hawk by Frank Yerby.  Caribbean sailing ships, pirates, gold mines, bawdy women and bastard sons.  I was probably too young to be reading it, but my 7th grader’s heart was truly smitten.  Then I read Speak Now (also by Yerby) about an inter-racial marriage, and my interest was hooked and reeled in willingly.  I read everything by him, and own many, even in hardback.

E) I cannot chose a last book.  Anything by Robert Heinlein, Patricia MacLachlan, Jude Devereaux, Kathleen Woodiweiss, Zane Grey, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Janette Oke.

I am supposed to tag Five people to talk about their books.  However, I see there are some I might have chosen who have already written about this.

So here is mine, and you can do as you please.
~~love and Huggs, Diane

June 30, 2005
Update: Husband wrote one, over at Decrepit Old Fool

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5 Responses to More than Five Books….

  1. Army of Mom says:

    Thank you for doing it. I loved To Kill A Mockingbird, too. We read it in the 9th grade.

  2. kristine says:

    OMG…you commented on my blog about Jude Deveraux…I can’t believe you remembered I read her!! Wow…you should win some award or something!!

    I read that book you mentioned. I loved it. I too finished it in one sitting.

    I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Judith McNaught. Her older books. Julie Garwood cracks me up. I am reading her books and I am laughing because her characters have so much personality.

    Damn, this might be thee longest comment I have ever left on a blog before!

    I would love to talk good books with you. I haven’t read a good HR book in AGES…and I tend to re-read my favorites until they fall apart.

  3. Laura says:

    Thank you for the Bday wishes you left on my blog! I’ve always enjoyed your witty comments over there, LOL
    As for this post, it was real interesting to read your favorites. I haven’t read “To Kill a Mockingbird” since middle school, and I think I’m going to have to check it out again and take another look.
    I’d have a hard time choosing favorite books, there are too many to list. And that’s a VERY good thing, indeed 🙂

  4. Suzie says:

    Hi There!

    You’ve commented on some of my comments and I obvsiously read your Blog, so I thought I’d officially make my presense known.

    Hope you and DoF have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

  5. Danielle says:

    I always see your comments around and actually came over for the first time to tell you this:

    I LOVED the joke about where red-headed babies come from (the one you left over at La Pixiatrix’s post of her curly-red-headed neice L).

    Then, I, of course read your post and noticed that you listed some of the authors that I like in your point number 5.

    I think you’ll appreciate the first pic I did in my mother’s day post, of a Jude Deveraux book.

    Like Kristine, I also love Julie Garwood. She used to be one of my favorite authors, but she, Jude Deveraux and Amanda Quick have been bumped from the Queen of Historical Romance pedestal 1st by Diana Gabaldon, and then she got bumped by Sara Donati.

    Into the Wilderness is the first book in a series by Sara Donati, and let me tell you, if you are looking for historical fiction/romance, this book has it all. EXCELLENT story-telling, characters, drama, action, passion, love… I could go on and on. Diana Gabaldon is excellent too, and a bit more known, but something about Sara Donati really draws me in.

    Anyway, I love the book posts!

    mine was a while back if you’d want to see it