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May. 24th, 2005 @ 09:13 pm What?
Thank moo for this one. I found it so hard to find only 5. Honorable mentions have to go to The Wheel of Time (one of the first Fantasy books I read) and The Stand (my favorite Stephen King - and I mean the original):

Total number of books owned:

I gave up counting somewhere over 800.

The last book you bought:

I buy in bulk: The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, The Efficient Society, and Mercator: the Man Who Mapped the Planet.

The last book you read:

At Knit's End, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Five books that meant a lot to you or you really enjoyed:

1. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, loved, loved, loved this book. I wanted to be Jo.

2. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens, one of the first classics I re-read as an adult. Brilliant and it appealed to my history-buff nature (and they knit!)

3. Young Years: Best Loved Stories and Poems for Little Children - I swear Moo! As soon as I saw this question, this book came to mind!
Image hosted by Photobucket.com Inscribed by my dad: Image hosted by Photobucket.com
With all my love to my Princess Coreen on her first day of school
October 2, 1973
Dad
I was 3 and a half when he gave it to me. I loved it, it scared me (both the stories that had the real endings where people died and the pictures!), enthralled me and kept me company for hours.

4. 1984, George Orwell, fostered my healthy distrust for invasive and pervasive information collection.

5. The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank, I don't know that I can even begin to describe how this book touched me. A young teen when I read this, it gave me perspective and an appreciation for how lucky I was to be living when and where I was.

And tag five people you want to see do this quiz:

Don't hate me stella0017, judevenn, piknik, miss_kat_1968, and running5k2day. I actually think this is a pretty cool one *g* and I'll get to know you a bit better.
Who does she think she is?
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From:moo
Date:May 25th, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
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HA! That is an amazing coincidence! I remember being scared of certain stories and pictures in there, too. I don't remember doing it, but huge portions of my book were torn out at some point (could be my brother did it). I ended up with only half a book. Just a few years ago, I decided I wanted to replace it and actually managed to find a like-new copy from a used book seller online. There are still copies floating around out there!
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From:running5k2day
Date:May 25th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Total of books I've owned: ??? I go thru them so fast...I love books!
Last Book Purchased: Empress Orchid by Ancheee Min

Last Book Read: Smashed by Koren Zailckas

Five books that I have enjoyed:
*These were all part of the last years Summer Reading Book Club & I decided to read them only because I thought I would never be able to complete them or understand them...so I challenged myself and I did it! Wonder what I will tackle this year.
Anna Karina
The Da Vince Code
Demons & Dragons
Slammerskin
Lifes Mask


Okay-Took the quiz. Who's next?
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From:neeroc
Date:May 26th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
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What did you think of Smashed? I'd never heard of the last two and I actually was not able to find them on chapters.ca. What are they about?


How long have you been part of a book club for? I have a couple of friends that are always reading for a book club, I'm not sure I'm that disciplined enough to read on a schedule.
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From:running5k2day
Date:May 26th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
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Smashed is a great story of a teenage girl. She retells her short, but true story of how she ended up becoming an alchoholic. It's a great book-it was actually recommend by my neice SaRah who attends college. My neice said that she was able to relate to so many things and it was a "must read" book.

I am really not in any book club....last year it was Oprah Summer book club. Right now, it's SaRah's book club (she's the one that reads tons&tons of books and recommends them, writes about them, anaylizes them, critics them). SaRah updates her journal with all her readings and I go and buy the books if they sound interesting enough. If anyone is interested in finding some good books...just read mamasarag's journal, I am sure she would love more readers to the 'SaRah's Book Club' (heehee).
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From:piknik
Date:May 25th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
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Does this mean I'm supposed to reply in-kind? I don't usually do memes, but I thought I should since you addressed me directly. ;) Unfortunately, I think I'm a bit boring. :P

Total number of books owned: Don't know, I recycle them and send them back and forth with my mom. Probably around 100 at any given time, a good portion of which are medical resources.

The last book you bought: The Hiram Key.

The last book you read: The Hiram Key -- I'm still working on it.

Five books that meant a lot to you or you really enjoyed: Usually whatever I'm presently reading is what I enjoy, but here are some which hold special places on my shelves:

1. The Mutter Museum -- a coffee table book about a museum in PA which houses some of the first pathological specimens in American medical history.
2. Stiff -- a book about what happens to bodies after we die.
3. Cemetery Stories -- a book about history and symbolism in cemeteries, plus some little things about bodies post-mortem.
4. Medicolegal investigation of Death -- a great resource for all aspects of forensic pathology.
5. Death's Acre -- a book about The Body Farm, in Tennessee. Not one of my favorites because the author, the "inventor" of the body farm is much better at being a scientist than an author. But the subject matter is one of my favorites -- studying time since death.
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From:neeroc
Date:May 26th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
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What do you think of The Hiram Key? I hadn't heard of it, but I am working my way through a bunch such as The Woman with the Alabaster Jar and Holy Blood, Holy Grail. I have added it to my list.

I sensed a theme with your special books, and I remembered you mentioning medical school, but I didn't realize you were looking to become a forensic pathologist!
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From:miss_kat_1968
Date:May 27th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)

Sorry this took so long...

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Total number of books owned:

Well, we left over 700 in PA whaen we moved down here, so probably over 2000.

The last book you bought:

Just joined a book club, so it's eclectic: I went from Ya-Ya's in Bloom by Rebecca Wells to a big book of Dr. Seuss.

The last book you read:

And, still reading...acckk. It's out on the front porch...I'll get back to you on that one. :)

Five books that meant a lot to you or you really enjoyed:

Wow, only five?

Okay, here goes:

Anything by Joyce Carol Oates. I have read almost everything she's written and have yet to be disappointed.

A.S. Byatt trilogy I'll get more specific tomorrow when I recover my book.

Tolkien - the Hobbit trilogy - my father read them to me when I was little. It really spiked my interest in books.

A Wrinkle in Time - one of my all-time favorite books. My sister's friend gave it to me. Just utterly fantastic.

The Little Prince. A timeless book. "Don't you know it is a picture of a snake swallowing an elephant?" Read it when I was young, and it stuck with me. Have read it to my kids since; and they, at least, found it entertaining.

Sorry it's a bit scattered. Benn having a bit of a rough patch as of late; still, wanted to reply. :)



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From:neeroc
Date:May 30th, 2005 03:46 am (UTC)

Re: Sorry this took so long...

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Hey thanks for answering. You know - it's really sad, I haven't read The Little Prince yet.

I think I've found a couple more books to add to my list *g*. Do you read Rosamund Smith as well as Joyce Carol Oates?
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From:miss_kat_1968
Date:May 30th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Sorry this took so long...

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Oh yes, I love when she writes under that psudenom. I had to not think too much about my top 5 or it would have easily turned into a top 20. :)
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From:stella0017
Date:June 1st, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)

What if?

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The last book that I read was total and utter poo? I can't confess to that.

I'm thinking about it...
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From:neeroc
Date:June 1st, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)

Re: What if?

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Oh now I NEED to know what it is!
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From:neeroc
Date:June 3rd, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)

ahem.

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hello? Is this thing on?
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From:stella0017
Date:June 6th, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)

Re: ahem.

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The internet doesn't work at the cottage. The book was some random vacation crime fiction read called "Looking for Sarah" or some such thing. Title might not be exact. I left it at the B&B we were staying at and tried to block the book out.
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