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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Book Meme

I have been tagged by Udge with this meme. OK....

Total number of books owned

I'm not sure, but something like 2,000 - 2,500.

Last book bought

The Last Family In England by Matt Haig, which is basically Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 1 re-imagined with a cast of dogs.

Last book read

Last one completed: The Confusion by Neal Stephenson, second part of a superb trilogy of 18th-century historical novels by a writer previously known only for his science fiction.

Currently reading: Canal Dreams, by Iain Banks, which he considers his least satisfactory book mainly because he chose as his protagonist a Japanese female professional cellist, a character triply distant from his own experiences.

Five books that mean a lot to you

Alan Watts: The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

George Antheil: Bad Boy Of Music

Dorothy Dunnett: King Hereafter

Iain Banks: The Crow Road

Douglas Hofstadter: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Floating just beyond the cut-off point is a raft of books including Sense and Sensibility (Austen), Island (Huxley), The Four Winds Of Love quartet (Compton Mackenzie), Red For Danger (LTC Rolt), Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson), the Falco series (Lindsey Davis) and the Aurelio Zen books by Michael Dibden.


And five more sufferers to tag: Clare, Lisa, Cloud, Phil and Joe, then.

2 Comments:

At 19 September, 2007 14:33, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Oh my, now I have to count all of those books in all of those shelves? Do the 600 page programming manuals count for three maybe?

 
At 19 September, 2007 22:47, Blogger Rob said...

Well, Cotton & Wilkinson's Advanced Inorganic Chemistry has about 800, and I only counted it once. And my one-volume Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is over 1000.

And my score of Thomas Tallis's Spem In Alium is nearly A2 in size (that's roughly 4 times college notepad size for an American) though only around 25 pages thick.

 

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