Tuesday, July 12, 2005

...i'm it

I was tagged by Sherri for this book question. I'll answer it but now everyone will know how "unread" I am.
Number of books I own: Well, personally probably about 50. I tend to read a book and then if it's good I give it away. If it's not then I put it on my garage sale. So, the only books I keep are the ones that are like life altering or that I think my kids will one day read (Hobbit, LOTR trilogy, etc.)

Last Book I purchased: The Tao of Jeet Kun Do by Bruce Lee. Besides giving martial arts tips, I really enjoy that Bruce Lee says to find your own way and what works for you. It's much more than a "how to" book.

Last Book I've Read: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe by CS Lewis. This is a children's book that I've had on my shelf for years and never read. I recently went on vacation and wanted something easy to read in the car. I have all 7 books (Narnia) and want to get them read before the movie comes out (very soon). These are the types of books I'll keep for my kids.

Book I Can't Wait To Read: The Life, The Universe, & Everything by Douglas Adams. I couldn't think of any book I've been "anticipating" to come out so I just picked a book that is on my list of books to read. I don't know why I didn't read this book a long time ago, I guess I was too into my "V" stage (Vampires and Vonnegut).

5 Most Important Books I've Read:
1) Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. The first book I can remember reading and really being moved by it. I was in 4th grade. I also stole this book from the Chenoa Grade School Library and still have it on my shelf. I guess I should donate some money to them or something.
2) Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The first Vonnegut book I read, I devoured it. I spent one year reading all of his books (other favorites are Breakfast of Champions, Slaughter House 5, and Hocus Pocus). Now looking back, I find that they all blend together into the same book since so many of the characters cross over. Every graduation gift I give (High School), I always include a copy of either Cat's Cradle or Illusions.
3) Illusions or Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. I loved both of these books and they were very meaningful to me at a time in my life when I was searching. I really loved Illusions but JLSeagull has a special place because I remember my mom going to see the movie in the 70's and then playing the Neil Diamond record at the house. I own the CD now and the movie.
4) Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. I loved this book as a child and I love it still. I can even quote some of the poems that I learned in 6th grade. I have also given this book as a gift to several people (mostly the young at heart).
5) What to Expect When You're Expecting & What to Expect the Toddler Years: Obviously life changing things were going on when I read these books. These books were so helpful to me at a time when I needed help the most on a subject I knew pretty much nothing about.

Other great books I've read but weren't necessarily "life altering": If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell (autobiography ~ really funny stuff about Evil Dead and Sam Raimi stuff), Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (really interesting info about corporate businesses and the food industry), Letters of the Dragon (anthology of Bruce Lee's correspondance between his family, friends, and fans).

I'm tagging Preppy Girl..."you're it".


Van! said...

I love the way you tagged Preppy Girl! Loved it.. I really hate.. the type!

last book you bought was Tao huh.. I am a retired pro-fighter (open martial arts) I have studied Chuan Fa (Kung-fu) since the age of three.. a little in common I would say... :-)

princess slea said...

Van~I'm impressed that your parents got you into martial arts at such a young age, I wish mine had been that cool.

Beeb said...

i'm it!!! thanks for the comment and the motivation to write about something.