June 27, 2007

Book List - Top Fives

So, it happened. My little brother is on his honeymoon. With his wife. His wife, a person that he married. He’s married now, with a wife and stuff. My little brother, basically my chronological twin, whom I used to punch in the nuts when he was six just to see the face he made, is wearing a ring on his fourth finger. Bizarre.

Unfortunately, the wedding pictures are not online yet, and I was too busy shakin’ it on the dance floor to take any of my own. Thank goodness for the latest book meme, or I’d have been doing more whining about sleep or cramps or my iPod—the post on which sits scarred and smoldering in rewrites, since Steve Jobs daily breaks my heart and I don’t know when it will stop—until the photos go up. Also because, now that Wedding ’07 is officially in the rearview mirror, I might be able to—gasp!—actually read books again.

Five most recent books you've bought for yourself:
Um, I don’t buy books. I live in a one-room hovel; purchasing books would require throwing something out to make space, which at this point would mean clothes, nitrogen, or one of my arms. I’m a dedicated and grateful library addict; I’ll have to do a split list.

Last five books I actually purchased:
A copy of The Scarlet Letter from 1912 for my rare / impressive-looking books shelf
A collection of Keats from 1922 (for same)
Mais Oui! French text- and workbook
A set of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books featuring the night watch (British editions; Winter 2003)
The Gun Seller – Hugh Laurie (Summer 2002)

Five most recent books rented from the AADL:
The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer – David A Whitsett
Can You Keep a Secret? –Sophie Kinsella*
Jemima J: A Novel about Ugly Ducklings and Swans – Jane Green*
Why Moms Are Weird – Pamela Ribon*
The Poe Shadow – Matthew Pearl

I hate this list. I look frivolous and self-absorbed.

Most recent books you've loaned other people, and their status:
Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
Loaned to: Youngest Brother, for consoling ‘death issues’ in lieu of organized religion
Status: Repo’d after three years, unread, in favorable condition

The Gun Seller – Hugh Laurie
Loaned to: Recently-Married Brother, in effort to encourage literacy with something ball-bouncingly funny.
Status: Several attempts at repossession culminating, after four years, in argument wherein I offered to let him keep the thing if he could tell me the main character’s first name. Good condition.

Guards! Guards! – Terry Pratchett
Loaned to: Older Sister, recommendation of good literature of the non-periodical kind
Status: Repo’d after six months because she was tired of my asking her how it was going

I hate this list. I look pushy and unsympathetic.

Last five kids' books you bought:
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type (all right; it was a gift. But I still love it)
Jenny and the Cat Club (for my mother, who misplaced her childhood copy)
Lincoln: A Photobiography (I love Lincoln, but all other books on the man put me to sleep)
Moominsummer Madness (bought, stolen from family members, whatever)
Ferdinando the Bull [Or rather, I would have bought it, if it were available anywhere on earth]

Last five books you looked at on Amazon/Chapters/Powell's/etc:
Macabre Miscellany: A Thousand Grisly and Unusual Facts From Around the World - Geoffrey Abbott
5 People Who Died During Sex (and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists) - Karl Shaw
Four Months to a Four-hour Marathon - Dave Kuehls
The Empire of Ice Cream - Jeffrey Ford
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

Top five books on your "to read" pile:
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Teacher Got Wrong - James W. Loewen
Lies Across America - James W. Loewen
The Street-Smart Writer - Jenna Glatzer
The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer – David A Whitsett
Marathoning for Mortals - John "The Penguin" Bingham and Jenny Hadfield

Bottom five books on your "to read" pile:
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues - Tom Robbins
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
Cakes and Ale - Somerset Maugham
The Once and Future King – T.H. White
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

I hate this list. It makes me look like things I am.

* When I fly, chick lit is my co-pilot.


mamaclsn said...

Also available from your local library: Giggle Giggle Quack and Duck for President. Duck is no longer the neutral party. DUN DUN DUNNNN!!!!!

Sarah Beedoo said...

Obviously duck would make a great president, what with those mad diplomacy skillz. Mediating the dispute between the farmer and the cows was just the beginning; Summer '07: Duck Goes to Israel!