Friday, June 03, 2005

Book Tag

Well, I've been tagged. Michael Higgins got me. Now I will have to think. Damn!

Total Number of Books I own: It is a testament to how bored I am by my vacations that I actually went and counted. So far, I have been able to count (or remember having lent someone) 110 books. The number looks small, but these are only books that I myself have bought or won or been presented. The total number of books at my place that I have access to (ie that aren't crated up) should be over two thousand.

Last book I bought: Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert.

Last book I read: Well, I was thumbing through Yes, Prime Minister yesterday, but I don't suppose that counts. It would have to be The October Horse by Colleen McCullough then.

Five Four books that mean a lot to me: Hmm, more thinking. Well, some of you might find this selection too "normal", but this is my list, so sod off.
  • The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien: This book really does mean a lot to me. What I really love about it is that every time you read it, you find something new you hadn't encountered before. I will admit that I only read the book after seeing the movie, but it has now sparked an interest in all kinds of Ring-lore.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: by Douglas Adams: Another of the usual suspects, I'm afraid. I first read it to see what all the fuss was about, because I'd heard so much about it, and boy, am I glad I did. The book influenced me like it did people everywhere, and now I understand references to stuff like the Babel Fish, and 42. And its a great help in quizzes too.
  • Picture This by Joseph Heller: A really crazy book that combines historical fiction with humour, it was the subject of my very first book review. The book is insanely funny and informative at the same time, especially if you like history as I do.
  • The Observer's Books of Aircraft '67 & '87 editions by William Green: I know these two books practically by heart from all the times I read them when I was in school. I have included them as a single entry here, because they are quite similar, and as a single unit they are a compendium of most Cold War era aircraft.
Tag five people and have them do this on their blogs:
Salil - Completed
Kunal T
The Paranoid Android - Completed
Shreevardhini - Completed
Jody - Completed


Blogger mandar talvekar said...

Since this book tag meme started, I have been checking up on all(ok,most of) the blogs that have been tagged or in my favorites folder (not surprisingly, most of my favorites, have been the ones that have been tagged).
I have posted my list here: Tagging Books.
LOTR and H2G2 were two books that I seriously considered putting on my list as well. In the end the Asimov's Foundation Trilogy won over. It's difficult to decide your five favorite books -- and I am sure my list will be different a few days from today or even as my mood changes.
But books are great, aren't they? I absolutely love the feeling of opening the cover of (a big fat) book and immersing myself into a totally new world (cliched thought maybe, but very true.)

10:05 AM  
Blogger Hirak said...

My mom in my absence has often threatened to dispose all the books citing lack of space!!!
I find it hard to pick 5. It's not who you include, rather who you exclude.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Kunal said...

Mandar: Thought of including the Foundation trilogy myself, but the trilogy itself is not a complete story. I might, though, add it if I like Foundation's Edge and Foundation and Earth which I plan to read soon.

Hirak: You're absolutely right. The reason I picked only four books is because there was just such a huge tie for that fifth place and I coundn't decide.

1:53 AM  

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