La Vida Mommy made me do this. A link to her journal is over there in Other Journals. Hey, I'm on a MAC. Do you know what a pain creating links can be?
Number of books I own: 1000 and I've given away hundreds.
All my bookshelves have not one but two layers. One row of books in front of the other.
There are floor to ceiling built-in shelves that take up one end of the living room, a seven foot tall shelf at the other end. And another seven foot shelf in my bedroom.
Last Book I read:
A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson -- at least two months ago. Recommended by a friend. It's a wonderful, amusing tale of a great travel writer's walk along a portion of the Appalachian Trial.
I have a pile of books that need reading, but I've been working so much the past few weeks, my reading is confined to the internet, newspapers and magazines.
Five books that mean a lot to me:
Neuroses -- I love reading case histories of troubled folks the way some people like eating cheddar cheese popcorn. This is a textbook with 700 pages of synopses of patient stories, including therapy and results. Mmmm, good.
Out of Africa -- Isak Dinesen's lilting memoir lost some of its cache after the movie came out. But nothing can compare to her words on the page. She writes in her second language, English, with a Danish accent, sometimes Danish syntax, too. A wonderful storyteller, I can imagine her sitting by a fire after dinner reading out loud.
Roger Tory Peterson's Birds of North America -- I use this book all the time when I hear an unfamiliar warble or evening song. Time to track the bird down. When I see a flash of color flying about I can get out his guide and find a nice big picture of whatever new bird I've just discovered. A rose-crested grosbeak. An indigo bunting. All kinds of warblers. Woodpeckers.
Joy of Cooking -- an old edition. This one has the best scratch hollandaise I've found. The new editions are different. I refer to it for everything I'm not sure how to cook. And yes, I will sit and read it like a it was a novel, too. Nothing like reading recipes to whet your appetie.
Physicians Desk Reference -- I took mircobiology in college. That course and typing are the two most useful courses I took in school. Micro lets me understand all the gobbledegook written on the medical inserts that come with your medicine. It also levels the playing field with me and the docs, when I know as much about a drug as they do. Or as I've discovered at times, when I know more than they do.
Anybody who wants to play the book thing is welcome to.