Monday, September 03, 2007

Labored Day

Building a Skyscraper,
Edward C. Tiffin,
oil on canvas.

Hopefully, all you cahooting galoots are off somewhere enjoying the benefits of your labors.

Brat Frontain (see sidebar for Karen) tagged me for a meme.

Since I find these things difficult to construct and not at all riveting, this is the appropriate day for YAM ( yet another meme) - though memes make me scabrous.

At least it'a simple one which does not require one to leap tall building.

Three questions:

(1) How many books do you have?

Last time I tried to count - about ten years ago - number of books totalled over 5,000 and rising. The load-bearing capacity of the floor joists is probably compromised. Over half are non-fiction.

(2) What book(s) are you reading now?

Patricia Kennealy's The Hawks's Gray Feather, The Poetry of Robert Frost, and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

(3) List ten favourite books:

In no way comprehensive and in no particular order:

1. Starship Troopers. - Heinlein.

2. Stalky & Co - Kipling.

3. Stewart's The Crystal Cave.

4. Kay's Song for Arbonne.

5. The Belgarion- Eddings.

6. Moon's Deeds of Paksenarrion.

7. Peter's Brother Caedfel mysteries.

8. These Old Shades - Heyer.

9. Three Against the Witch World - Norton.

10. MacLeans's Ice Station Zebra.

Girder glee tomorrow.


Church Lady said...

I used to give my books away (friends, schools, relatives) but now I don't.

I don't think I could pick a favorite book, much less ten! I read based on my mood (if I'm depressed, I read a dark book), or for my current writing needs.

The dictionary?! Bernita, I would love to know of one recent word **you** had to look up!!!

Here's my current dictionary list (from a Koontz novel I just finished): serried, redolent, filigree, and lambency. I guess I'll go look them up now.


Bernita said...

At least this meme allowed for more than one, Chris.
I picked some of the books I have re-read multiple times.
I need the dictionary for spelling and double-checking - since I sometimes take liberties.

Sam said...

I am weeding through my library right now. The village boot sale is next week, and what I don't sell, I'm donating to the local library. I just have too many books!!!!
But how to weed them out?
Oh the pain!

writtenwyrdd said...

I love several of the books you mention. Unsurprizingly, you have more books than I do-- I 'only' have a couple of thousand.

Bernita said...

Difficult, Sam, very difficult.

Written, I really need to get rid of some, especially certain types of non-fiction.

Robyn said...

I loved The Crystal Cave. I can see you liking Cadfael- it seems to be your type!

Ric said...

The main bookshelf is 10 feet long, from floor to ceiling - jammed with extra books hanging off the front of the shelfing, and piled on every usable inch of space.
The lady at the used bookstore says I have some 200 credits as I regularly gift her with boxes of paperbacks - more than I can exchange.
Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy - ah, I so enjoyed those.

Bernita said...

Robyn, I like just about everything Mary Stewart wrote.
Thornywold is another favourite - her description of the house and property.
And the Caedfel stories are really about love.

Bernita said...

The first two of the trilogy are the best, imo, Ric.
"jammed with extra books hanging off the front of the shelfing," - that's why I seriously need to cull.

Gabriele C. said...

I only sort out books I never finished.

I have a talent to find yet another corner where I can squish a Billy in, or fix boards over the doors and such (German houses usually have solid enough walls to hold those).

Bernita said...

"to find yet another corner..."
Sitting here thinking,Gabriele, if I get rid of that now- defunct card file ( it once graced a library) in my office, I'd have another six feet of available wall....

Dave said...

I have to clean out that room. It's got a path to the elecctric panel so I can fix a blown fuse. That's the best thing I can say about it. The computer desk is useless, the file cabinet unreachable, and the vinyl records hidden.
Basbanes calls it "a gentle madness," you know...
It might take me the next year but I have to do it. There are books everywhere. I don't want to count them. That's too depressing. I used to stack them all over the house but all that did was create piles of books all over the house.
I've take to giving them to my relatives as gifts. All the Harry Potter went to my 12 year old nephew.

raine said...

As I've stated on here before...
A couple of loaves of bread, a jug of wine, and a month or two alone in your library, and I'd be a happy camper, Bernita, lol.

I always look at my jammed bookcases and despair. Geez, I'm an amateur!

writtenwyrdd said...

I've bought several books bernita has mentioned.

Charles Gramlich said...

1. Upward of 6,000 and counting. Although I've lost count.

2. Through Darkest America, Progeny of the Adder and a book on psychopharmacology.

3. Favorites: The Snow Lepoard, Hemingway's collected short stories, Karl Wagner's Night Winds collection, House Made of DAwn, Jitterbug Perfume, Teot's War, The Sword of Night and Day, The King in Yellow collection, The Sowers of the Thunder collection

The Anti-Wife said...

I rarely keep my books - only those for reference or those that really touch me in some way. I like to pass the rest on for others to read. It's easier to justify buying new ones too because I always have empty space on my shelves. Will I be kicked out of the club for admitting this?

Bernita said...

"A gentle madness..."
That's about right, Dave.
I sometimes wonder if Fareinheit 451 affected me in some deep way, so I'm "saving" them.
On the other hand it might just be a peculiar greed.

No, Raine, perhaps just not quite as "mad."

Thank you, Charles.
I never finger anyone for a meme, but I'm very glad you responded as if I had.

Certainly not, AW!
Just means you're not a hoarder.

kmfrontain said...

I'm sorry! I'm sorry! LOL

I see you also love your dictionary. :-)

Jon M said...

Those skyscraper pics make me dizzy, I love (and hate) the photographs of the men building them! Andre Norton (partially)got me into reading as a kid but I can't remember any of the stories, which bothers me! I will have to investigate! Thanks B.

Sid Leavitt said...

Well, it's Labor Day, and I'm taking a day off from being retired.

You know, none of your ten favorite books are on my list, but on the books you are reading now, we agree on two out of three -- Frost because he's a wicked good writer (and, not incidentally, a fellow northern New Englander), and I do love that dictionary.

Best regards, and may your labor never be work.

Bernita said...

You just knew I'd be a push-over, Karen!

Jon, I suppose some of her work would be classified as YA today, Jon.

Thank you, Sid.
I have New England roots, so Frost's face is familiar. Joseph C. Lincoln is also one of my favourites.

writtenwyrdd said...

it might just be a peculiar greed

Yup, that's me! I've lost three book collections of over a thousand books through divorce and cross-country moves. I get rid of very few books therefore.

Bernita said...

With me, Written, it may be because there were never enough books growing up.

Rob said...

Hrm, I haven't read any of your favourite books. I'll have to add them to The List.

Bernita said...

Hee, Rob!
This list is far from complete.

Kate Thornton said...

I knew it - we read the same stuff!

Bernita said...