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Book Survey

gamesiplay has commanded me to do this survey, so I must.

1. Total number of books in your house: EEEEEEEEEEE! You can't seriously expect me to count them all! I'd be here counting for the rest of the year! Look, I learned my book-collecting tendencies from my mother, and my mother . . . well, let's just say that when I was in college, I once wrote an autobiographically-inspired short story about growing up in a house that had so many books in it that you couldn't walk down the hallway without turning sideways to squeeze between the bookshelves on each side of you. (The story was hyperbole, and there were no actual bookshelves in our hallways, but there were bookshelves almost everywhere else.)

Okay. I shall now devote the next half hour to attempting to estimate reasonably accurately how many books I have in this place. And you shall have to be satisfied with a mere estimate, because unlike gamesiplay, I refuse to count.

I have approximately 33 books on each of 9 identically sized shelves, which makes a total of approximately 297 books so far.
I have an additional 188 books on a set of shelves that I had to actually count because the numbers of books on each shelf were not similar. That's 485 books so far. (And I've read all of them - I don't put books on shelves until after I've read them.)
I have an additional 35 books (that I've also read) in bureau drawers, because I haven't bought new shelves to put them on yet. That's 520 books so far.
I have 23 books lying on the floor next to my bed. Those are all books that either I'm currently reading, I've recently finished reading, I've recently taken off a shelf to look something up in, or I'm planning to read next. That's 543 books so far.
I have 49 books stacked on a table next to my front door. Those are all books I haven't read yet. That's 592 books so far.
I have 5 books sitting on my desk next to the computer. Those are all from the same categories as the books lying on the floor next to my bed. That's 597 books so far.
I left 1 book (that I just started reading today) in a drawer in my cubicle at work today. That makes a total of 598 books! (Except that this was an estimate anyway, so let's just say 600.)

600 books! You can see why I've only moved from one residence to another once in my life. Too many books to carry. :p

2. The last book you bought was: My last book purchase was a bunch of books at once. So, the books were:
  • The Man Who Wasn't There by Pat Barker
  • Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
  • Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis, edited by Robin Ruth Linden, Darlene R. Pagano, Diana E. H. Russell, and Susan Leigh Star
  • Henry James' Midnight Song by Carol De Chellis Hill
  • The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing
  • Kalki by Gore Vidal
  • At Home: Essays 1982-1988 by Gore Vidal
So far, I've read the first three and was mostly disappointed by all three of them. But I just started the fourth today, and I'm not disappointed with it so far.

3. What was the last book you read before reading this? The last book I read part of was Henry James' Midnight Song by Carol De Chellis Hill, which I just started reading during lunch as work today. It looks great so far. Before that, I last read part of A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, and before that, I think the last book I actually finished was the Spanish translation of a German children's book, Querido Señor Diablo by Christine Nöstlinger, which, my dear chisparoja, I recently discovered you had accidentally left behind under my bed last January.

4. Write down five or ten books that you often read or that mean a lot to you:
  • When I Was Five I Killed Myself by Howard Buten
  • Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill
  • Exploding the Gene Myth: How Genetic Information Is Produced and Manipulated by Scientists, Physicians, Employers, Insurance Companies, Educators, and Law Enforcers by Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald
  • As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Homosexuality and Male Bonding in Pre-Nazi Germany: The Youth Movement, the Gay Movement and Male Bonding Before Hitler's Rise: Original Transcripts from Der Eigene, the First Gay Journal in the World, edited by Harry Oosterhuis and Hubert Kennedy
  • Ida: A Novel by Gertrude Stein
  • Julian by Gore Vidal
  • The Philosophy of Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
5. [I am adding this question because I think it desperately needs to be included.] Write down five books that you hate or strongly dislike:
  • Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Japanese by Spring by Ishmael Reed
  • Gold Rush by Miri Yu
6. Which three people will you 'pass the stick' to? mariness, theobscure, and read_o_rama . . . you're it! (And I have extra sticks for anyone else who wants one, too.)
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