Total number of books owned:
Over a lifetime, perhaps two thousand. Many titles (romance, science fiction, fantasy) were given away through the years. Currently I am keeping about eight hundred books, stacked two-three deep in my inadequate bookshelves. I guess I have to give most of them away – to make room for more.
Wide bookcase on the left holds photo albums, paperbacks, etc. two-three deep. Tall bookcase on the right has my quilting magazines, MBA books, other hardbounds.
Pile of books on the left are behind the dining table, and are mostly F & SF; on the right, books on my bedside table. Not included in photos are other heaps of books. Many other heaps.
Last book bought:
The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown. I grew up on Princess Di, and wanted to get a backgrounder on her life.
Last book read:
Starbucked by Taylor Clark, all about that global coffee chain that you either love or hate.
Five books that mean a lot to you:
-1. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. “The canon”, and these were the books I told my husband I would choose when he asked which of them I would bring out of a burning house. That was way before reprints became readily available. Before the movies came out, it was out of print. My copies were printed in the ‘60s.
•2. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. I built my collection in the ‘80s by haunting used-books stalls in Morayta. Again, I kept aging copies, but can safely let go of them now as convenient all-in-one editions are available, again after the movie was released this year!
•3. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. One of my favorites as a young child, my battered copy was passed on to me by my mother, also a voracious reader. When I was in college twenty years ago, I had it hard-bound. Now I hear they are adapting it into a movie, shooting to begin in Hungary this summer. I guess the book will be coming out again in bookstores, and I can misplace my old copy!
•4. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. The only poem I have ever memorized is “Jabberwocky”…
•5. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Thankfully a complete collection came out in two volumes around twenty years ago; it’s still available in bookstores.
These are books I read as a child or teenager, maybe that’s why they are still so special, filled as they are with all the pleasant memories associated with them of curling up in a corner and escaping into other worlds.
-1. Creative Suite 3 for Dummies and InDesign CS3 for Dummies
-2. They’re Racing! The Complete Story of Australian Racing by Les Carlyon