Saturday, 19 May 2007

A book meme

I've been tagged by Esther (thanks, Esther) for this meme.

How many books do you own?

Several hundred - can't count at the moment, as most are in boxes pending painting of the new bookshelves.

Book(s) I am reading now:

1. An Infinity of Little Hours by Nancy Klein Maguire - strictly speaking, I haven't started it yet, but I'm taking it on the plane with me tomorrow.

2. Love Over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith - the third in a series, which has just come out in paperback. A light read which is very good for reading on the Tube, as the chapters are very short!

3. Diary of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe - the book I'm reading for my book group.

Books I've read recently:

1. Walk With Me - A Lenten Journey of Prayer (diocesan production)

2. Tottel's Property Taxes - preparation for the last course I taught

3. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Guo Xiaolu - the first present New Man bought me, which he gave me on our first meeting. A very thoughtful choice, based on the fact that he knew I used to work in China, and I very much enjoyed the early part of it, but started to struggle a bit when it got a bit pornographic in the middle - don't tell New Man, but I didn't actually finish it.

Five Books That Mean a Lot to Me:

1. Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church - a beautiful book, which is small enough to keep permanently in my bag so that I can dip into it any time I have a spare moment.

2. The Angel Who Guarded The Toys by Doris Burton - this is a book which my mother received as a prize when she was a little girl. She read stories from the book to my brothers and me when we were children, and I still remember several of those stories and the lessons they taught. This book probably had the biggest influence on my way of looking at the world when I was growing up, and I loved hearing stories from it.

3. London The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd - this is just a brilliant book: part fact, part fiction, and brilliantly researched. I have given copies of it to countless people. The best recommendation I can think of for it is that one of the friends to whom I had given a copy gave me a copy of the same book for my birthday six or seven years later, with a note saying, "Someone recommended this to me and I thought it was brilliant - hope you enjoy it too". So the friend in question gets no marks for memory, but lots of marks for enjoying the book I recommended and passing it on!

4. There's No Such Place As Far Away by Erich Segal - a book which my brother gave me when I was briefly having a hard time at boarding school. Another which I have given to several people, and I don't need to have my own copy any more - I know the story by heart.

5. The Dragon Book of Verse - all my favourite poetry in one book. I've given my copy away, so need a new copy, but there's definitely a space on my bookshelf until I get it.

Special mention should also be given to my Shorter Oxford Dictionary and my Encyclopaedia Britannica, without which my libary would not be complete. Every time I look anything up quickly in one of these, I end up browsing for hours - I love them!

It's very late, and I only got home just after midnight. I tag whoever fancies doing this...


Esther said...

Newhouse, let me know how you like that little infinity book. It sounds like something I might like.

newhousenewjob said...

Will do. From picking it up and flicking through it, I think I'm going to like it very much.