Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Gutentag, I've been Booktagged

To Booktag: Here's a new infinitive that we won't find in a dictionary. We're good at creating new words, especially by sticking together two decently independent ones, eh? If you'd like to read more about this particular talent we have, click here.

Now that Percy says I'm It, I believe I'm supposed to blurt out some deep secrets about my book buying and reading habits. So here goes:

Total number of books I have

Maybe around 250-300. As I was telling a friend the other day, books are more my wealth than gold or jewellery. They are also old, dependable friends who've seen me through tough times. Because of them I have smelt the sharp fragrance of forests I may never walk through, tasted fruit and cakes I may never eat. I have seen the times before my grandparents were children, and travelled to countries that never were. There are many wise people whispering their hard-learned lessons inside the crisp, brown pages of my books--all I have to do is open a book and listen.

Last book I read

The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart. Good book. Read my review here.

Last book I bought

I bought two at The Strand Bookstall, Bangalore: The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg, and Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle. And I placed an order online at Fabmall for two: A Probable Future by Alice Hoffman, and Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, which I'm rubbing my hands in impatience to read since the reviews and recommendations tell me it's my kind of book.

Five books that mean a lot to me

Boy, this is the tough one. Let me see...

1. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
2. The Lord of the Rings - J R R Tolkien
3. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
4. Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl - Roald Dahl
5. The Harry Potter books! Especially 3 and 5.

I'm now supposed to tag five other bibliophile bloggers, but I'm still new to blogging and don't know any bloggers other than the one who tagged me and a couple on his blog, so I'll have to just keep running around Tagged until I find someone to free me!


Anita said...

oh Hash! I love Harry Potter books too. Whatever critics may say about them, the books have the magical ability to transport you to wherever Harry may be. The book actually shows and not tells.. I can imagine you in the future reading the book out to your little girl :)

Percy said...

Two of the top 5 are fantasy books. You read a lot of fantasy, historical fiction, and related genres. It's a no brainer. You'll write one too. When can we expect that book from you? :-)

I'm heart-broken that I could not put Lord of the Rings on my list, but since it's on yours, I can nod my head and say, I love that book! Tolkien rocks.