Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
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Book Survey

It's 96 degrees Fahrenheit outside (that's approximately 36 degrees Celsius, for all you non-Americans), and the air conditioner at work was broken all day long. It was not pleasant.

Now I'm home, and wordspore says I need to do this survey.

1. Total number of books I've owned:
Back in this entry, I estimated that I currently owned 600. If I'm supposed to add the ones I had as a kid and have gotten rid of since, I suppose I might have owned around 800 books over the course of my life.

2. The last book I bought:
I can't buy just one book at a time. The last time I went book shopping, I came home with the following:
  • Margaret Atwood: Surfacing
  • Pat Barker: Union Street
  • Willa Cather: The Song of the Lark
  • Theodore Dreiser: Sister Carrie
  • George Eliot: The Mill on the Floss
  • Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary
  • Tim O'Brien: The Things They Carried
  • Christina Schwarz: Drowning Ruth
  • Dalton Trumbo: Johnny Got His Gun
  • Gore Vidal: The Judgment of Paris
  • Margaret Walker: Jubilee
It was a used bookstore; otherwise I'd have spent a ridiculous amount of money. Actually, I spent a fairly ridiculous amount of money anyway. So far, I've only read the Tim O'Brien and the Dalton Trumbo. But they were both fantastic.

3. The last book I read:
Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson, today. I didn't like it.

4. Five books that mean a lot to me:
I already answered this question in that other recent book survey I just mentioned. I don't feel like repeating myself here, so instead I will list five books I've read within the past three months (the time that's passed since I did that other book survey) that I loved most.
  • Tim O'Brien: The Things They Carried
  • Mary Renault: The Charioteer
  • Dalton Trumbo: Johnny Got His Gun
  • Gore Vidal: Kalki
  • Elie Wiesel: Night
5. Tag 4 people here and have them fill this out in their LJs:
I always tend to tag the same people for book surveys, but this one is so similar to the last one that I'll make sure not to tag anyone that I tagged for that one. And I'll try to tag people who gave me a lot of recommendations on my last Author Recommendation Poll. I tag: dine, fflo, gamesiplay, and rekraft.
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