Monday, June 27, 2005

I'm it

When he wasn't accusing me of drug use Swanblog hit me with the survey of reading habits going around the blogosphere.

Total number of books owned, ever: really not sure - a lot of textbooks, and other books, have been bought and then sold. Going back to the Scholastic Book Club mail order service you could buy books through in elementary school, where I bought, among others, "Ten Super Sundays: A History of the Super Bowl," I'd guess around 1,000.

Last Book I Bought: I believe it was The Rest of the Iceberg, Robert Smith's mildly interesting discussion of his life in football. This is misleading, though, since in order to have sufficient funds to clothe my child and pay my mortgage I've been primarily getting my books through the Dakota County Library, which has a surprising number of current titles that you can reserve for free.

Last Book I Read: Freakonomics.

Five (or so) Books that Mean a Lot to Me:

Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger. Absolutely essential reading for those who, like me, both revel in and are appalled by the American fascination with sports.

Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain. "All right then, I'll go to hell."

Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole.

Hudson's Map of the Twin Cities. For very odd reasons I really like knowing the geography of home.

Means of Ascent, Path to Power, and Master of the Senate by Robert Caro (3 books, I know, but they have the same subject and can arguably be considered part of a single unit, albeit a very long one). Details Lyndon Johnson's rise from absolutely nothing to unimaginable power, engineered largely through unimaginable abuse of power.

With Charity Toward None: A Fond Look at Misanthropy, Florence King. There may have been other openly bisexual writers employed by National Review, but none of them match her rancor toward mankind.


Jeff Dubay
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At 10:32 AM, Blogger Scooby said...

Accepting your invitation to write in...

1. Total Number of Books owned: I would say my lifetime book ownership , likes yours, exceeds 1000. I couldn't even guess how many library books I checked out...particularly in childhood and in the last few years when we decided not to own so many books.

2. Last book I bought: Pascarella and Terenzini's updated "How College Affects Students"

3. Last book I read: Michael Crichton's State of Fear.

4. 8 Books that mean a lot to me:

a. Fine Balance -horrifying and beautiful story of 4 lives profoundly affected by the scandalous leadership in 1975 India.
b. The Time Travelers Wife - fascinating and well written love story.
c. The Outlander series by Diane Gabaldon - I have gotten lost in these wonderful stories
d. A Prayer for Owen Meany - lovely story about boyhood friendship and faith
e. Wizards 1st Rule series by Terry Goodkind - I'm a science fiction fan and this is my favorite. The first book blew me away
f. Bel Canto - improbable story about hostages/terrorists becoming friends in an unnamed south american country, but it's a terrific novel
g. Harry Potter series - enough said
h. She's Come Undone - terribly painful and triumphant coming of age story


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