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Time Wasted on a Meme.

Ah, memes.  Oh how I love a good meme.  And I love being tagged.  (Thanks to Julia for this one!)

Total Number of Books Owned: I couldn't even begin to count how many books I own.  Or have owned.  Or will ever own.  I know that the library I had compiled in my childhood numbered in more than several hundred volumes.  I also know that when Chris and I moved to CT, we didn't bring any books with us, yet somehow there are three full bookcases, a stack of books on my dresser, and for some reason my four shelves at work at crammed tight with books, too.  Hmmm...  how many in total?  I'll guess three. 

Last book bought:  Shoot.  I think it was "Flat Stanley."  I loved this story as a kid (I read it in my 3rd grade 'Special Happenings' scholastic reader) and when I saw it in hardcover at the bookstore, I couldn't resist.  Not the most grown-up book I could mention, but it's the last one I bought and I think the story is charming. 

Last Book Read: The last book I read was Flat Stanley.  (See above.)

Five Books That Mean a Lot to You: Ooh.  But there are so many!

1.  The Princess Bride - I loved this movie.  Then I read the book, and the book blows this movie right out of the water. 

2.  Sweet, Invisible Body - How many times have I mentioned this book?  Several.  And how many times have I re-read it, giving the cover that weathered look and appreciating the dog-eared pages?  Plenty.

3.  Andrew Henry's Meadow - This book has been out of print for years and years, but Oh my goodness, this book is just amazing.I have one completely mangled copy in my house right now.  It was written by Doris Burn and it's about a little boy whose imagination outgrows his own house, sending him off to build a bunch of cottages in the woods for his friends.  He builds the bird observatory for the girl who likes birds, the underground burrow for the kid who likes bunnies, the house with the waterwheel and moat for the kid who likes boats, etc.  This book made me want to embrace every little bit of myself that was creative and inspired and go build myself a house in the woods.  But alas, I have no talent in that field.  (Puns puns, everywhere!)  So I read and re-read the book until the cover fell off and I had every illustration etched to memory.  I have searched high and low for another copy, but it's out of print.

Update:  Upon Googling this, I learned that Zach Braff (who I just adore) is making this into a movie.  And there are copies on Amazon.  I need a copy with a cover!  I'm ordering one of these for every niece and nephew I have, and for my yet-to-be conceived family.  Totally excited.

4.  My Sister's Keeper - This was the first book I read by Jodi Picoult, and it took my breath away.

5.  The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More - This compilation by Roald Dahl is among the most cherished in my book collection.  I think Roald Dahl was an incredible writer, and his stories have inspired so much of my fiction writing. 

Best Five Books You Read in the Last Year:

1.  Writer's Market 2007
2.  1001 Ways to Save Money and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding
3.  Movable Type Bible V. 3
4.  The 3 a.m. Epiphany
5.  Busy Bride's Essential Wedding Checklist

(I'm sensing a theme in these reading materials.  Blogging, writing, and weddings.  Good thing there's a little Flat Stanley to throw in the mix.)

Now it's time to tag.  I'm throwing this meme at any book lovers out there.  Nicole, I'm looking at you.  ;)  And if you don't have your own blog to muse on, feel free to muse in the comments here.  I'm always looking for new reads. 

Now I need to go admire the necklace I received via the U.S. Postal Service today and take some pictures for tomorrow's post. 


I used to love Flat Stanley too. In fact, my brother, my dad and I once composed a song that loosely revolved around being flat as a kite... guess where we got the inspiration?!

This is a great meme!

I swear books and bunnies are related. They both seem to multiply to ridiculously high exponential degrees.

I love Roald Dahl too! "The Swan" is one of my favorite short stories ever. As is the one about the brain in the vat (I think it's in a different collection).

Have you read the Life of Pi? The ending struck me as sort of Dahl-ish, when I read it. And it's a pretty quick read. http://www.amazon.com/Life-Pi-Yann-Martel/dp/0156027321/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/105-4965128-6863623?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190247434&sr=8-2

Some of the kids from ADA parents board were going to do a D flat Stanley a while back but Stanley got lost in the UK - oh the website is still there...http://dflatstanley.blogspot.com/
Look how cute he was! Go to the first post! Look at all his D stuff!

As for grownup books - I just read East of Eden. Oh...My...Gosh. what a good book. I am not a book re-reader though so I usually read them and then send them away.

1. I have no idea how many books I have owned, but I bet it's around 50.

2. Last book bought: 1776

3. Last book read: In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson- my favorite author...besides Kerri, of course.

Five Books that Mean a lot to Me:

1. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. My dad gave me this to read shortly after Emma was diagnosed to help me through some long, sleepless nights by her hospital bed.

2. The "Left Behind" series.

3. "Baghdad Without a Map" by Tony Horwitz

4. "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson

5. "The Goal" by some guy whose name I don't dare try to recreate here by memory.

OH MY GOD I almost forgot Bill Bryson. I was hooked by A Walk in the Woods and completely addicted by the time I was done with A Short History of Nearly Everything. How did I almost forget Bill? Blast!!

Must go Google "The Goal" now ... :)

The Goal is probably not what you would call riveting. It's a business-theory quasi-novel. The author is, I think, Eliau Goldthratt or something.

Flat Stanley, my fiance's two kids have a whole bunch of Flat Stanley pictures. He has been to quite a few places. I would have never heard about flat Stanley if it were not for them or at least until today, reading your blog.
Good luck with your wedding I get married next Saturday the 29th. It is coming up fast!!!!

Dave - Flat Stanley rocks. He has been everywhere!! :)

And happy upcoming wedding to you!!! Best wishes - I can't wait to hear how it went! (And why aren't you frazzled and nutty about it? Am I the only one stuck in the Wedding Maching right now? I need a nap.)

Kerri-I have been married before. This time around we are having a small wedding of only 18 people. Yes there is still a lot of planning but overall I am fairly relaxed. We are getting married on the terrace at a restaurant called 2941 Check it out at http://www.2941.com then we are having our reception there at the restaurant. It should be an awesome experience.

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