Tuesday, May 03, 2005

I've been tagged by Ali

For Book Lovers.....accepting and passing of the stick.

This questioniare was passed to me from Ali, from Knitty.
1. Total Number of Books in Your House:
I started thinking about this after reading Cook'n'Knit's answers a week or so ago. I think I'd have to calculate in lineal feet. About 200 lineal feet of shelving times about 12 book per foot= approximatedly 2400 books? In my defense, I owned a used bookstore for 10 years BC (before children) and my parents are used booksellers. It's a family disease.

2. The Last Book You Bought Was:
The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek.

3. Last book you read:
Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood

4. Write down 5 (or 6) books you often read, or that mean a lot to you.

This kind of question always throws me for a bit. I'm not a great re-reader, although it sometimes happens. Books that have made a lasting impression on me? This is subject to change, depending on what I've read recently. I find this is the type of question I find hard to limit to a few, or hard to answer at all. I'll probably sit bolt upright at 2 a.m and wonder how I could possibly not have included (fill in the blank).

Nevertheless, here goes:
The Stranger by Albert Camus. (After all, my philosophy is Existentialism.)
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. (Probably also Oryx and Crake is equally important)
The Dollmaker by Harriette Arnow
Going way back to my college years, two books that permanently rearranged my thinking were The Republic by Plato and Democracy in America by de Tocqueville.

5. Who are you going to pass the stick to (three people) and why?
Lets see... I suppose they should be three people with blogs, though I would love to see my Mom's answers to #4. I'm not sure who has been previously tagged, but I think I'll tag Fathom, Joeli, and Jacquiebean. I imagine they will have interesting answers. And Jacquiebean is new to blogging, so this will give her a big thing to post.

1 comment:

Jacki (clickin chick) said...

::gasp:: I wrote one of my AP English Exam essays on The Stranger; when I told my instructor, she told me it didn't apply to the prompt, but apparently the graders disagreed, because I aced it. I only with I could find the translation I read in high school...for some reason, I liked that version better than the one I have now.