I grabbed this book meme from Imbrium. I also wanted to say that I leave for spring break tomorrow and will likely be away from blogland completely. My plans involve eating at all of my favorite restaurants that I have been missing and whining about for a year and a half now. And of course seeing friends and relaxing. But seriously, every time someone asks me what I miss about LA I start listing off restaurants. Which reminds me, LA friends, I left one off the list. Must go to Mashti Malone’s for ice cream. Oh and a movie at Laemmle’s Sunset 5, maybe The Libertine? Yes, Morgan, we’ll still go to the Arclight, but it’s Laemmle’s that I miss.
So, the meme.
Usually when people ask me what I like to read I explain how I’m in grad school and don’t really have time to read anything that isn’t for class. As I finished catching up on Questionable Content last night, I realized that’s not exactly true. I read through that whole site in a couple of days. That’s like 568 pages. I’ve been reading the Series of Unfortunate Events. I’ve listened to a bunch of Terry Pratchett books on tape. I’ve been reading Bust and Mental Floss. And I’ve got over 100 feeds in my bloglines that I check every day. I actually read a lot. I just don’t read books. And especially not popular adult fiction. I read kids’ stuff, I read comics, I read nerdy trivia magazines, I listen to sci.fi./fantasy, I read what all my knitters are up to. With that said, here’s the meme.
1) Name five of your favourite books.
2) What was the last book you bought?
The Penultimate Peril – Lemony Snicket
3) What was the last book you read/finished?
Mort – Terry Pratchett
4) List five books that have been particularly meaningful to you (in no particular order).
The Band Never Dances – J. D. Landis
The Ruby in the Smoke – Philip Pullman. These first two books were my favorite thing ever in middle school. I took them off to film school with me with the intention of turning them into screenplays, that’s how much they stuck with me.
Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson. Seriously. Harold is inspiring.
The Story of Libraries – Fred Lerner. I think this is the first reading I had to do for my first book history class. I was hooked.
Ishmael – Daniel Quinn
5) Name three books you’ve been dying to read but just haven’t gotten around to it?
The Search for the Giant Squid – Richard Ellis. This was a gift from my brother a couple of Christmases ago. It is next on my list.
The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa. A good friend gave me this book, among others, and I don’t know that I’ve gotten around to reading any of them. This is second on my list.
Life on Air – David Attenborough. I found this one as part of the best themed birthday packages I’ve ever given. I meant to steal it and read it, but I never got around to it. So now it’s on my wishlist.