"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins

20 June 2005

Book Questionnaire

Okay, LuCindy, here 'tis:

1. Total number of books owned:
I decided to follow your lead here and do it by rooms; kind of interesting.
kitchen: 2
dining room: 6 (the boy does his schoolwork here)
living room shelves: 82 + lots of pamphlet-type books I didn't bother to count
wooden old-fashioned ice-box piece made by hubby for storage: 28 on top and inside
living room tables: 7
sewing cabinet: 8 + cross-stitch books
hall shelves: 357
study: 20
bedroom: 2
the boy’s room: 150
amazon box: 16 new
office: 572
total 1250 +

on loan ?who knows!
probably some in drawers, too . . . and various boxes
of magazines a plethora, including Touchstone, First Things, Consumer Reports, Popular Mechanics . . .
note: hubby prefers to get his books at the library . . . mainly buys kids’ books for the itsy-bitsys (grandkids)

2. Last books we've bought:
hubby – a Michael Crichton novel and a bunch for the itsy-bitsys at McKays (our wonderful used books store)
the boy – Calvin and Hobbes
me – faculty perks money just used:
The Flying Inn (Chesterton)
Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
I’m the Teacher, You’re the Student
Intellectual Morons
For the Time Being (Dillard!)
From the Dust Returned (Bradbury)
The Bradbury Chronicles (Bradbury biography)
The Nine Tailors (Sayers)
Sayers on Holmes
The Case for Marriage
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Truth and Tolerance (Ratzlinger, now Pope Benedict XVI)
Encyclopedia of Trees (revolving the fantasy in the back of the mind again)
Lilith (MacDonald)
Home-Alone America
Feminism and Biblical Truth
on order: Sayers biography and Are Women Human?

3. Last books I read:
Lilith (Incredible, simply incredible. I am still reeling. I must re-read. And re-read.)
The Case for Marriage (I've mentioned in recent posts)
currently reading the Ring Trilogy as a family (how delightful to read aloud again!)

4. Five books that mean a lot to me:
at this particular moment . . . Phantastes and Lilth, The Ring Trilogy, Jane Eyre, Holy the Firm and The Writing Life (So that’s six! It's hard enough to choose any above all the rest!)

5. Five people to whom to pass the baton:
I'm afraid I don't know 5 bloggers to pass this on to! LuCindy pre-empted some I might have chosen, but I will pass it on to Amy at Over the Rainbow (see sidebar; I haven't figured out how to do a link here yet!). So, Amy, when you get through camp, you're on!


amelia ruth said...

yes! it's my turn!

I'm doing it right now, even though there's a line at the staff computer and I'm holding it up.


alaiyo said...

On my way to check it out!


Cindy said...

Beth--Thanks for all this. Lots of good stuff.

Lilith is probably my all time favorite of MacDonald's fantasy literature. Maybe even of all his writings. It disturbed me in that niggling way when I first read it. The reread gave me chills and tears. It's one of my "defining" books.

Great Scott bought me For the Time Being when it came out. I reread it this spring. (You know it's a good book when each reread is successively better.) Very dark. Lots of pain. Lots of hard truths, beautifully written.