Saturday, February 7, 2009

Books, books, books for me, me, me

A week or so ago, Pseudononymous High School Teacher wrote a post about a book meme. She nicely didn't tag any specific person but left the meme open for takers. Since then, I've been thinking about completing the meme - especially since I can't seem to reign in all the random stories in my mind. Plus, I'm a sucker for anything about books.

There were specific questions to answer, however, I've taken a few minor liberties (ok, ok, some are more major liberties) with the questions I answer.

What books have been on your shelf the longest?

In all seriousness, probably some of the ones on the top shelf. On the left hand side of the top shelf are three books I've had since high school by Ferrol Sams. He is one of my all time favorite writers. And he is (or was) a doctor who was born and raised in Georgia.

There is one book I'd like to point out - What Girls Learn. I've only had it for about a year, but already I've read it twice and loaned it out to other several times. It is a great one!

What book brings fond memories to mind?
That would definitely be a toss-up between these two books.

My boys were fascinated with knowing where they came from. I think I read Where Did I Come From about ten million times. Seriously, we had the stupid book memorized. My mother kept telling me this book told them too much information. I kept telling her all the experts say to answer their questions and that the kids would only digest what they could understand. While shopping with my mother, my oldest son announced he wanted a baby sister. When I explained to him that his mommy wasn't having any more babies, he loudly exclaimed, "You have thousands of eggs. You are just being selfish." My mother gave me that look. You know the one that says "I told you so."

And I Love You Forever - ahh, what a tear fest. I think my boys brought that book to me just to watch me cry. For whatever sick reason, that just cracked them up.

What books are in your waiting to read pile?

Currently, I'm reading Father Melancholy's Daughter (on top). All the ones underneath are part of the ones next in line to be devoured. Plus I just bought 4 more books this evening at the book store. I get a little freaked out if I don't have an adequate reserve of books to read. In fact, I worry more about not having a new read more than I do showing a random body part.

What book have you reread the most?

I love to reread certain books. Of all the books I've reread, The Good Earth has been read the most. I know of five times I've read the book since 7th grade. Several years ago, I found out it was the first in a trilogy of books. I've read the other two - but only once. They are good but they just didn't capture my attention like The Good Earth.

What is your favorite non-fiction book?

Without hesitation, my favorite non-fiction category would be cook books. I love food. My favorite collection of recipes is the old Better Homes and Garden Cook Book from the early 60s. Nothing like an old-fashioned recipe with some shortening. And did I mention, I love food. There are those who think in coincidental that my husband is a caterer. I say there are no accidents in life.

There are books all over the house - here are a couple more shelves for those of you who want to take a gander. I will read just about anything. Poor Mr. Strong has had to get used to my obsessive ways regarding books. And I've adjusted to all of his knick knacks. For the record, the books are easier to dust.


wesayitbetter said...

Most read is the Bhagavad-gita, and To Kill A Mockingbird...but there are so many others I can't's too hard to list the all :)

Threeboys1mommy said...

Does Marie Claire count as a book? I have at least 36 of those ;-)

All of my books are still in a box from our last move, but I certainly don't have as many as you. That's impressive. I've read East of Eden 3 times, but I often confuse the story line with the rest of Steinbeck's work.

Comedy Goddess said...

I am a dunce in comparison.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I had fun snooping around your shelves. We have a lot of the same books and favorite authors. After you read Time Travler's Wife I'd be intersted what you thought. It is one of a rare few books that EVERYONE in my book club alsolutely loved. That meeting lasted extra long. Then, around the interent, I found lots of poeple that did not like it so much. But that's what I love about books and reading.

Jealous of your Paula Dean cookbook. We went to Lady and Sons in Savannah on vacation in 07.

only a movie said...

I love Nick Hornby!! I also really liked your current read - Father Melancholy's daughter. Your shelves look a lot like mine.
I have to get my to-be-read pile in order. I just finished something and now need to re-assess. :-) Perfect Sunday activity.
Thanks for letting us peek at your shelves.

Just B said...

Thanks for the peek into your reading world--always more fascinating to me than closets or medicine cabinets;)

We have much in common!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Great reads. By the way, Sea Biscuit is in my pile to read also.

Kulio said...

Can't believe I missed so many posts - catching up. You'll enjoy Time Traveler's wife - it's a cool read. I'm the same way - I will read pretty much anything. History, fiction, youth fiction, science fiction...the other day I picked up non-fiction book about pirates. Weird. But nice.

amy said...

wow, you are a READER. i thought i was a READER. but no. i am clearly just a reader.

i met gail godwin once--i went to hear her speak at the margaret mitchell house. i bought her book and asked her to sign my copy, and i said something about how i journal too and she said, "please don't call it that. my mother used to call it that, and it really bothers me." and i said, "what would you like me to call it?" and she said, "writing." and so now i make it a point to call it "journaling." because i have a feeling gail's mom and i would have been best friends.

also, i loved the time traveler's wife and the history of love. i never met either author, but i bet they call it "journaling" too.

and i can't read that LOVE YOU FOREVER book. you know what other book i can't get through? PEEF, THE CHRISTMAS BEAR. seriously.

Gaston Studio said...

I just found your blog and am now a follower and look forward to more of the same. I immediately jumped to this older post of yours because of the title. My bookshelves used to look like yours, but after my children bought me a Kindle for birthday/Christmas this past December, I've donated most to our local library, only saving those of my absolute favorite authors that I reread all the time.
My favorite book of all time is To Kill A Mockingbird.
Look forward to your next post.