Thing is, I have a bit of a confession. With the internet and the television to keep me occupied, I honestly don't read that much anymore other than magazines. I've been reading the books from my two book clubs (except this month), but really, I only read to fall asleep now. I used to read like crazy - my mom had these draconian TV rules, and I blew through so many books at my library that I was begging for more. Now though - not so much. Anyway, on with the meme.
Total number of books I’ve owned:
I'm really not certain how anyone could actually accurately estimate this. As far as the number of books I own right now... hmm, I'll say less than 100. I don't keep books once I've read them because I hate clutter so much - I figure if I want to read a book again I'll get it from the library I donated it to or I'll just buy it again.
Last book I bought:
Last book I read:
See above. Took me forever to slog through.
Five books that mean something to me:
The Bible, by God. Natch. I actually received my first one from my first boyfriend when I was considering joining the Catholic Church. He was (and is) devoutly Catholic and obviously encouraged my conversion. When I decided I didn't want to join, I bought a New American Standard version at a garage sale. When it came time for me to read out loud in my Sunday school class at First Baptist New Orleans, I realized for the first time that my version was different than everyone else's. A girl named Melanie bought me my first NIV translation, and I've used it ever since.
A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeleine L'Engle. I had to buy this one in 6th grade, and I still have it. I read it probably once a year. Unfortunately, now when I'm reading it I can't get the voices of the kids from Family Guy out of my head.
Up the Down Staircase, by Bel Kaufman. I LOVE this book.
One Child, by Torey Hayden. My grandma gave me that book when I was 9 or 10, and it has really stuck with me ever since.Most recently, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran Xue. It ain't perfect being a woman in America, but it's sure better than being a woman in Afghanistan or China.
(I know that makes 6. I count better than I read.)
Deanna (although the redneck advice columns are cracking me up)