1. Total number of books I've owned: It's really not possible to count. The basement is 40x30 ft finished, and there are bookshelves lining three of the walls, 5 doors in the house have paperback racks on the back side, there's a 5-shelf and a 2-shelf in the kitchen, and there are two in each bedroom. Lots. Way lots.
2. Last book I bought: The new Artemis Fowl book for J. and C. For me, the Stephen Lawhead Arthurian series and "Sinner" by Sara Douglass.
3. Last book I read or am currently reading: I'm working on Arthur in the Lawhead series right now. I have a book of poetry in the car for stoplights and lunches. And I'm prone to stealing older son's books at random.
4. Five books that mean a lot to me:
Prelude stolen shamelessly from Rabid:
...here are the first five to cross my mind. I don't know how representative they'll be.
"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle. This is the first book I remember reading (I think I was 8 or 9?) that absolutely induced obsession. I had to wait two years til I got to middle school to find out that there were more of these. I'm also pretty sure that Calvin was my first fictional crush.
"The Red Tent" by Anita Dimant. Historical fiction that might well be The Truth, after all. This is how women's worlds work, told authentically. I'm sure there are books I'd do better to throw in this slot, but it's fresh in my head because I reread after Mint did recently.
"A Brave New World" by Aldus Huxley. I don't think there's a more cogent novel on the human condition than this one. I reread it regularly, just to remind myself.
"Dread Friend" by Andre Norton. Norton wrote sooooo many. I found her work the same year I found L'Engle, and of all sff authors, I'd name her my greatest influence as a reader and a writer. DF is but one of them, but I still remember it after all these years because of how it made me *feel*. Loneliness, fascination, adventure, hope, fear -- she was a true master.
"The Crystal Cave" by Mary Stewart. I had to include something Arthurian in this list, and this was the first, and most beloved. I chewed through these three (Arrgh, Merlin angst!), and moved on to read anything I could get my hands on: Jane Gaskell, Lawhead, White, Susan Cooper, anything!
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