Friday, August 12, 2005

A good excuse for not posting redux.

I know I said that my next post would be about Stanley Fish. My next next post will be. Promise. Been a bit backlogged.

Sassy tagged me with this book meme, which I did before when Gigi tagged me. This, however, is a slight variation on the original one. These two women are two of my favorite bloggers.

Total books owned:

Comparatively speaking, not a lot. I have around a hundred or so, which range from pop fiction to historical fiction to racism to Garfield comic books. He is my favorite cat in the whole world. I adore him.

Of course, these books don't include my dad's and the family's. If so included, it would probably be in the high five hundreds. Which is still not a lot.

Last book I bought:

The Princess Bride by William Goldman. All I can say is, why did I wait such a long time to get a copy?!

Last book I read:

I don't know. I tend to switch from book to book when I get tired, which is pretty frequently these days. I'm halfway through Samantha Power's America and the Age of Genocide (to understand this fully, I got this book LAST YEAR, for shame) and a third of the way through Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. These are not boring books - hardly. I suffer from short attention span, maybe. I also talk to myself, but that's another story.

Five Types of Books I Read:

I normally just pick up whatever's interesting to me. That includes contemporary fiction, classic American literature, children's literature (don't ever diss Anne of Green Gables to my face), and yeah, historical novels too. Plus I like Tom Clancy whenever he doesn't get too technical. When I'm in the mood to be snooty, I read through my dad's Greek classical history books. When I'm in the mood for some literary college throwbacks, I read former recommendations from Ms. Marj Evasco (i.e. Sinuhe, The Egyptian by Mika Waltari; Picture This by Joseph Heller). When I'm in the mood to be editorial, I read the BusinessWorld Stylebook and books on semantics and language. When I'm in the mood for a good mainstream read, well, that's where my pop fiction comes in. Hello, Mary Higgins Clark and William Bernhardt! I also think that William Bernhardt is heads and shoulders above John Grisham in courtroom thrillers.

Like Sassy, I also like reading a lot of nonfiction, even though I can't finish what I read (which is alarming but not so much). I've got one on my list now: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

Five
books that meant a lot to me:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Anne of Green Gables (series) by LM Montgomery
The Berenstain Bears (series) by Stan and Jan Berenstain
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Yes, I know that some of these are children's books. I love reading them. Brings back good memories.

I also think that I'm missing a few books in this list.

Favourite Filipiniana Books:

The Pretenders by F. Sionil Jose
Manila, My Manila by Nick Joaquin
Viajero by F. Sionil Jose

I'm pretty sure I'm missing something here. But these are the ones I read and reread.

There you go.

8 Comments:

Blogger sarah said...

i hate spam.

1:27 AM  
Blogger djong said...

you only have around a hundred books?!

i don't believe it.

on another note, how do you manage to categorize the information if you're reading five books at once? wish i could do that. :) that's your mutant power.

miss you, sarami! :)

2:54 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

hi djong,

i know. i can't believe it either. =P
my other mutant powers include talking to roaches, remember.

miss you looooooots!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

damn spam.

you talk to roaches too? cool. i talk to bees.

1:19 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

mama jo,

yeah. not so much as talking as 'you have no right breathing the same air as I' and 'what audacity'. yeah. ask mike or djong or chris. =P

what do you tell the bees?

1:30 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

oh the usual stuff -- i'm in reorg stasis and i hate my job, NZ won 30 points straight in saturday's game but Carter injured his ankle at the last few minutes, the damn home service computer company is so damn stupid...

9:18 AM  
Blogger the showroom manager said...

saraaah! i also have pretenders (f. sionil jose- the greatest filipino novelist) and manila, my manila (n. joaquin- the greatest filipino writer)!

try reading a question of heroes by joaquin. jose's mass is also a good read.

11:22 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

mama jo - that sounds about normal. =) miss you!

papa bryan - may i borrow a question of heroes then? =)

2:29 PM  

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