Sunday, October 7, 2007

Meme on Books

Garten passed on this meme on books, so I'll do my best

Total number of books?

I'm not sure. I have a serious book addiction and even though I "recycle" my old books at the used bookstore, the library keeps growing.........and growing. 250?

Last book read?

The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution by Sean Carroll. Excellent explanation of how evolution works at the level of genes. Closes all those "gaps in the fossil record". Evolution is no longer a theory.

Last book bought?
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Five meaningful books?

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1984 by George Orwell

Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky (sorry about the spelling)

The Great War for Civilization, by Robert Fisk

When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron

Some others that I found meaningful and or just plain enjoyed!:

Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck (I own a Black Standard Poodle so this was a must read)

Maus One and Maus Two by Art Spiegelman

All the Harry Potter books

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Any poetry by Sharon Olds or Mary Oliver

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver

The Power of Myth, Bill Moyers interviews Joseph Campbell

Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin, by John D'Milio

Going After Cacciato, by Tim O'Brien (a soldier decides to leave Vietnam and walk to Paris, his platoon goes after him. Fiction or non-fiction?)

The Things They Carried, also by Tim O'Brien based on his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam.Very poetic book that blends reality with fantasy with some unforgettable images and characters. Creates a story that speaks against war in a way I've never experienced as does Cacciato.

The Pat Barker Trilogy; The Ghost Road, The Eye in the Door, and Regeneration

She's writing historical fiction about World War One so uses real people and events. Includes World War One poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Raises many issues and extremely well-written. Again, these books speak against war in unique ways and I've learned some lessons from them.

I think I'll stop here........I love books and reading and reading about other people's books!


gartenfische said...

There are some interesting books here, definitely some to add to my to-read list. (I enjoyed the Poisonwood Bible--the way she makes each character so very real.)

Thanks for playing!

poodledoc said...

That was fun! Thanks!

Suzy said...

Only 250? I'd be willing to bet you a Starbucks coffee (as if) that you have at least that many under your couch alone!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible, although I would have to say that The Bean Trees and Animal Dreams are my favorite Kingsolver books.

jbixleri said...

A little late to respond on the books, but I'm with Suzy, that the Bean Trees and Animal Dreams and maybe also Pigs in Heaven edge out The Poisonwood Bible. I used to try to decide which I liked better, Bean Trees or Animal Dreams. I've read both more than once, trying to decide. I'm still undecided between the two.

I also like the Pat Barker trilogy. I remember The eye in the Door in particular. Your list has a lot of books that make a pretty strong case against war. (I've also read the Tim O'Brien novel).

Maybe I'd add Atonement by Ian McEwen, on the list of books that are excellent in themselves as literature and also books that make you never want to go to war. It somehow fits with Tim O'Brien and Pat Barker. Powerful literature. Powerful statement about war.

poodledoc said...

Thanks for the Ian McEwen recommendation. I've never read anything by him. Guess I'll have to check the LIBRARY, since I swore I wouldn't buy any more books this year (yeah, right!)