1) Estimate the total number of books you've owned in your life.
Maybe 800. As a kid, I loved the "Bookmobile"; what memories there! Public libraries and those big, comfy chairs at Borders are nice now. My current collection of about 75 books consists of favorites I just will not let go of, presently reading, or on the list to read.
2) What's the last book you bought?
God's Politics by Jim Wallis and Why You Should Give a Damn About Gay Marriage by Davina Kotulski, Ph.D.
3) What's the last book you read?
A Gathering of Poets by Maggie Anderson & Alex Gildzen. It was a birthday gift from a friend this year. It is a compilation of poems concerning the shooting of four Kent State students in May of 1970.
4) List 5 books that mean a lot to you.
Living Mammals of the World by Ivan T. Sanderson. This book has been in my family for as long as I have known. It was printed before I was born. The ink and color pictures have a distinct smell that pervade my memories each time I open it. It has a crayon drawing in the back by my older brother when he was pre-school age and a ripped page from bubble gum being stuck in it. The pictures of the mammals in the book always fascinated my brother and I; and from time to time I wonder how many of them are probably extinct. I actually used the book twice in elementary school to write reports on the Mule Deer and the Platypus.
Student's Reference Work edited by Chandler B. Beach. This is a "cyclopaedia" my grandmother gave me that contains the picture and copy of her grandmother's first cousin, Henry Woodfin Grady. He is described as "an eloquent Southern orator" and "editor of the Atlanta (Ga.) Constitution". One of the interesting tidbits I find is he is between "Graces, The" (the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome of Roman mythology) and "Grail, The Holy". That's about where my philosophy stands, somewhere between.
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg. I am a big fan of Van Allsburg, but this one is my all time favorite of his works. I would suggest this book to young and old alike. I used to collect children's book. One day I came to the conclusion that it was a waste for the books to be sitting on my shelve, so I gave them to a school. It was hard, but this one got sent also.
A History of Knowledge by Charles Van Doren. I find this a truly interesting study of how since the beginning of civilization humankind has evolved in their knowledge, and how social and political conditions influenced them. My brother loaned it to me almost ten years ago and knows he isn't getting it back!
The Meaning of Relativity by Albert Einstein. O.K., I know, this is my nerd book. The theories, explanations and equations fascinate and boggle me.
5) Tag 5 people!
"Not gonna happen. Nope, not gonna do it."