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rabid1st got me...

I'd been avoiding this meme -- so hard to choose.

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!

Tag, you're it (unless you have already done it): the_royal_anna , shadowlass, ponders_life , mintwitch, darkravine.


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May. 15th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Tough to narrow it down to five, eh? A Wrinkle in Time and The Crystal Cave almost made my list.
May. 15th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'm really enjoying reading people's lists...
May. 15th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh! I've been secretly wanting to do this meme, so am very glad to be tagged. :) It may have to wait a day or two, though, because I'm all tied up in essays right now. And oh, Calvin from A Wrinkle in Time! You've made me want to go and re-read that now. :)
May. 15th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
Happy to oblige, and to wait as long as necessary. I hear your voice too infrequently nowadays.
May. 15th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
A Wrinkle in Time, oh yes. I can't wait till my daughter is old enough to read that one. Also, I just finished The Red Tent and enjoyed it very much.
May. 15th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yes! Rereading all of the YA classics with them is just wonderful. What I'm really enjoying is that the two boys have very different tastes in books, so I'm getting to reread the whole gamut.
May. 15th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
Trust me to be tagged and not know it for like hours. :)

I've been thinking about this meme for a while now, and still have issues with the narrowing down. I guess we'll see what happens, but something tells me it's gonna be more of "eenie meenie miney moe" than anything else.

Thanks for tagging me :)
May. 16th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC)
Eenie meenie miney moe is pretty close to how I did it, too :-)

It's good to see you around again!
May. 16th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
What an interesting meme. I may have to snag this one. :)

I'm very happy to see A Wrinkle in Time listed. I used to reread the entire series every year. Haven't done that in a while. Perhaps it's time to pull them out again. Ah, Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace, how I do love thee.

May. 16th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
Consider yourself tagged, m'dear!

May. 16th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
L'Engle! Oh I love her stuff.

And I may try Mary Stewart this summer. Thanks for the rec, Chris!

[gives you chocolate]
May. 16th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
I need to go dig up the Stewarts. It's been years since I've read them, and these Lawhead books are cranking up the Arthurian ocd for me.

::passes you champagne::
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