Wednesday, May 25

[I've been tagged!]
1. Total number of books I own:
Let's see. Carry the two ... multiply by four ... take the square root of the product. Yeah, I think I'm going to just guess and say two hundred, since there are 119 in my living room and countless others still packed in a closet somewhere.

2. Last book I bought:
I bought several at the same time: A best of Memphis anthology for me, and best of the South anthology for Amber, Fruitflesh (which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago), Superfudge for my nephews, Eats, Shoots and Leaves for my mom, and The Stepford Wives for little ol' me.

3. Last book I read:
And actually completed? Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson. But I've begun reading The Stranger, The Plague, both by Albert Camus, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Spoiled by Nichols Fox, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, the entire Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis (I'm only on book two), and America: The Book by the Daily Show gang. Yeah, I definitely have some loose ends to tie up in the reading department. Perhaps that's why my life feels so damned disjointed and fragmented right now.

4. 5 books that mean a lot to me:
Written on the Body — my first foray into the Wintersonian world came when I was a sophomore in Dr. Kostkowska's class, and, though I didn't really understand Winterson's enormous literary presence at the time, I just knew that her writing was everything I wanted mine to be: beautiful, visceral, true, and unexpected. And now, anytime my creative spark languishes, I can read anything by her and remember why I want to write so badly.
The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate and The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate — I'm only counting this as one. My parents gave me these while I was in high school and they became essential to writing dialogue by Sharon in the cartoon, since she speaks on an intellectual plane above everyone else. These books made it so easy to B.S. stuff in essays, as well as choose esoteric screen names.
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide — a gift from Phil when we were first dating. This book is hilarious and practical. "Hey, what was the name of the episode where Servo dresses up as Batman and Mike as Robin? Oh yeah! 'Zombie Nightmare!'"
A Confederacy of Dunces — Not only one of my favorite books, but the source from which I ripped my screen name as well as my website title and URL. Thanks, JKT!
Naked — Amber sent this to me while I was in Birmingham. It kept me company on many a lonely night and ushered me into my current state as David Sedaris worshipper.

5. Tag 5 people to take up the meme and answer in their own journals:
Well, let me try to pick people who haven't already been picked. So let's see...
Tamara (it's not technically a blog, but I'm rooting for you to create a blog so I can check it obsessively fifty times a day in hopes of a new post)


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