"Don't take this wrong, but... I kind of miss the old Greg. Ugly t-shirts, (strange?) hair, semi-pornographic magazine collection..."
What about you, Cal? Old Greg? Or New Greg? *G*
[OMG! I just saw one of the trailers for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... and you can actually RECOGNIZE Kiran Shah in it! I mean it!!!! He's hardly made up at all - eeeee!!!! Yay!]
Okay. I HATE meme's with a passion. But a book meme? Who can resist? *G*
1) Total number of books owned?
All the Ellery Queens and Nero Wolfes and Patrick O'Brians; most of the sci-fi classics by Heinlein and Bradbury; Stephen King's best; several different editions of The Three Musketeers, Lord of the Rings, Moby Dick... Jane Austen... various pieces of "literature"... a few "popular" books... so, I'd say about 200-300 books. Not counting non-fiction.
2) The last book I bought?
Dang! Not counting non-fiction (five guides to Scotland) or presents? Ummm... probably "Monstrous Regiment" by Pratchett, or The Hobbit Companion by David Day
3) The last book I read?
In the middle of re-reading "The Maritius Command" by Patrick O'Brian (fourth book in the Master and Commander series)... *sighs happily*... and have started reading "Wicked"
4)Five - no, I'm going to cheat, like somebody else, and list TEN - books that mean a lot to me: Well, can you say "unoriginal"? And probably highly biased by whatever I'm into at the moment, but... I guess I would interpret that as books that I go back to again and again, so -
"Lord of the Rings": Read it when I was in fifth or sixth grade, and have read it just about every year since. It's both comfort food, and spiritual strength, not to mention a book that seems to take you into a better plane of human existence.
"Moby Dick": Jack of None once mentioned having a "nautical fetish" and we found that we both loved this book. It just takes you so into the everyday reality of sailors and the past while, at the same time, being almost poetic in its view of life.
The books of Jane Austen, especially "Pride and Prejudice" - I love her heroines, the cleverness, the compassion, the incredible dialogue.
Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander" series - Take the best of Moby Dick and Jane Austen and something original in and of its self, with great characters... and you've got these books.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "quintology" - Snarky, funny, original, crazy... just so damn funny!
The Nero Wolfe series - Well, I love orchids, and smartalecky suave sidekicks, and the feeling of traveling authentically into the past - great books.
Robert Heinlein's books, especially "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "Time Enough for Love" - He's a dirty old man with a rich sexual fantasy life, and egotistical to boot; but he was also very down-to-earth, as a true engineer would be, about life, politics, and what humanity is all about, and very open-minded about sex, sexuality, women, etc. I learned a lot whle reading his books, and while I don't agree with his philosophies as much as I once did, they were very influential
"To Kill a Mockingbird" - I always loved the movie, and I guess I identified a lot with Scout. And, again, it just really put you into that time and place, in a very real way, and engaged your heart and soul.
Julian May's "Many-Colored Land" series - A great blending of fantasy and myth and sexuality to come up with a truly unique sci-fi/fantasy series with unforgettable characters.
Edith Hamilton's "Mythology": Read it whan I was in fifth or sixth grade, and it was my first introduction to mythology (Greek, Roman, and Norse). She makes it so accessible and so human. I left the original at my mom's house (it was hers) and found myself buying a new one recently.
I've read each of the books/series above at least twice. In fact, except for the Master and Commander books, of which there are 20 and I only read them for the first time last year, I'm sure I've read each of these 3 or 4 times. *S*