Redneck's Wife
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
  Finally responding to being tagged--Books!
Feeble Knees tagged me with this interview/questionaire thingy. It's been a while since she did, and I just hadn't gotten around to responding. I'm honored to be included.
So it's about books, and I love love love books, as my poor husband, who has had to move all of my books four times, can attest.
Ok, right to it:

Total number of books owned
How could I even begin to tell you? I have hundreds, I'm sure. Many of them are in our garage in boxes, which pains me. I'm always going out there and digging through the boxes to try and find something to a)lend to someone, b)refer to, or most often c)re-read.
Erick is more of a non-fiction guy, so we have quite a few on American history and music (mostly jazz) history. I have lots of books left over from college, including a collection of books on the Harlem Renaissance, since I did a paper on that. I have a book that is a collection of Asian literature which I bought used in Junior College and is in deplorable condition, but I love it anyway. It has everything from Haiku to Taoist philosophers.
I also have the entire collection of Harry Potter books, and am excitedly awaiting the new one which is already pre-ordered (yipeee!!)
Ok, on to the next question:

Last books I bought
The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, which is a 25 year study of children from divorced families. I am only now beginning to realize how much my life has been impacted by my parent's divorce when I was 5. More on this later, but this book is very enlightening.
Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl, about her stint as the restaurant critic for the New York Times. Very entertaining read, I've already lent it out to two friends.
The Time Traveller's Wife, fiction, and I absolutely loved it. Probably the thing I liked most was the great character development. You really got attached to them, and I was sobbing by the end of the book.

Last book I read
Right now, I'm reading Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors by Stephen Ambrose. I recommend it, Ambrose is a great writer and story teller.
Before that:Spy Handler by Victor Cherkashin. He was the KGB handler for Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, two of the most damaging spies in the cold war. It was fascinating to read about that period in history from a Soviet point of view. Victories to them were disasters to us, and vice versa.
I've been on a bit of a spy kick, since a Chris, a good friend of ours, is a Navy intellegence guy and has been lending me some of his collection of books. Others I've read: Traitors Among Us by Stuart Herrington, who worked counterintelligence during the cold war, Blind Man's Bluff, the Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by Sherry Sontag, an inside look at what it's like to live inside a sub, and more importantly, the incredible things we did with subs and the risks those men took to steal the enemy's secrets.

I also recently read all three of the books in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. In about 2 days, since I got into them and couldn't put them down. Those are also being passed around among a group of friends, they are on their fourth person right now.

Before that I was on kind of a Tom Clancy kick.
Yeah, I'm eclectic, go figure.

Five books that mean a lot to me
Well, I'm going to count series books as one, so:

1. The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis. Wonderful stories, and great life lessons. I will never tire of re-reading them.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R Tolkien. Also, will never get tired of re-reading those.

4. The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff. It's really fun, and it reminds me to mellow out, and enjoy everything around me. In short, to stop being a Bisy Backson.

5. The Wouldbegoods, by E. Nesbit. Just really cool British children's fiction. I also love her trilogy of The Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, and The Story of the Amulet. My grandma gave these to me when I was 10 or so, and I've always loved them. She had a lot to do with instilling a love of books in me. I wish I had expressed that to her when she was still alive.

I also love: Mark Twain, the Anne of Green Gables books, all of C.S. Lewis, Stephen King's Through the Eyes of the Dragon, Jane Eyre, all of Jane Austen...
I could go on, but really, I've got to end this post.

Five people I'm tagging to continue this
Well, I really don't want to tag anyone, because I don't like doing stuff like that. (Not that I mind being tagged).
So if you want to do it, go ahead, and send me an email, so I can know to go read it.

Update: Gaaaaah! How could I have forgotten Steinbeck? He is one of my very favorite authors. Favorite serious Steinbeck book: East of Eden. Favorite fun (relatively, anyway) Steinbeck book(s): Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat
I just started on The Time Traveler's Wife - only about 50 pages in, but I am enjoying it.
I'll be interested to hear what you think of it. I listened to it as an audio book, then read the book itself after I found out the audio book was abridged.
Another friend who read it felt like it was too long, "okay, he time travels and it sucks, I get it."
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