Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bookshelf Meme

The rules:

1. Tag 3-5 people, so the fun keeps going!

2. Leave a comment at the original post at A Striped Armchair, so that Eva can collect everyone's answers.

3. If you leave a comment and link back to Eva as the meme's creator, she will enter you in a book giveaway contest! She has a whole shelf devoted to giveaway books that you’ll be able to choose from, or a bookmooch point if you prefer.

4. Remember that this is all about enjoying books as physical objects, so feel free to describe the exact book you’re talking about, down to that warping from being dropped in the bath water...

5. Make the meme more fun with visuals! Covers of the specific edition you're talking about, photos of your bookshelves, etc.

I was tagged by my sista, Marie at Fireside Musings, but everyone I would have tagged she already tagged, so if you were tagged by her, then I tag you too! But that does not mean you have to do it again or anything, just that we tag you together.

I had to rearrange my bookshelf for this one. After a while, all the books get pushed to the back and you cannot see them. Also, I had an *(ahem)* obsession with a series that took up over half of my bookshelf. Removing those books left more room to put more of my favorite books. All I needed was a little update and I am good to go.

The No-Longer-Messy Bookshelf:

Just for fun: (left to right) *school requirement **not read yet

-The invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
-Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston*
-The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey*
-The Children's Homer*
-The Cat that was Left Behind, by C.S. Adler**
-Webster's Dictionary
-The Secret of Chimneys, by Agatha Christie**
-Warriors: Sunset, by Erin Hunter
-The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom
-The Star of Kazan, by Eva Ibbotson
-White Fang, by Jack London**
-The Wright 3, by Blue Balliett**
-Bound, by Donna Jo Napoli*
-The Seven Dials Mystery, by Agatha Christie**
-The Starbucks Experience, by Joseph A. Michelli
-Warriors: Dark River, by Erin Hunter

Well here goes the meme...

Tell me about the book that has been on your shelf the longest:

The Cat that was Left Behind has been there the longest. It has been opened and re-opened for a while now, and It sitting there just because of it's beautiful cover. Though it is a little worn out faded (I bought it used), I love it because it reminds me of myself. Just what I would do, I thought, when I picked it up at the library sale. For $1, I thought I would try it out. I adore cats, and I love reading about them, so I was excited about this one. I hope to read it all the way through sometime soon, but until then, it is staying on my bookshelf.

Tell me about a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (i.e. a person, a place, a time, etc.)... :

Farewell to Manzanar is my pick for this one. It reminds me of the summer on the lake. Since it was a requirement for school, I had to read it before the year started. This was my Freshman year, I believe... When we got to the lake house that we were staying in, I never thought I would get to this book. I had so much on my mind then, that I did not want to think about reading, I just wanted to swim. But after all the swimming was over one day, and the showers were finished, I was not allowed back into the water. It was that warm night, that I dared take it out and step onto the dock to read. I have to say that it was intriguing. A very nice pick for the English department that my school has.

Tell me about a book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used book store, prize, etc.)...

This book is not on my bookshelf, but others in the series are. Not to long ago I mentioned a series that I had to take out of my book shelf. Well, speaking of the devil, this is it. Warriors: Fire and Ice is the first one in the series, and I got it from my friend, Christy. The author (who is actually three authors, with one name), Erin Hunter was visiting her school, and she got me one of their books from the series. I did not read it for a while, but then I found out that another friend of mine was reading them too. That was when I picked it up for the first time, and I loved it. There are about 14 more books to the series now, of which I have read likely 12. I stopped when everyone around me was annoyed by my obsession. But I still have my favorites, and I re-read them every once in a while.

Tell me about the most recent addition to your shelves...

The two Agatha Christie books that I have are the most recent. They are not mine, they are from the library, but I have them currently, and am about one quarter of the way through The Secret of Chimneys. I cannot wait until I finish it, and start on the second one. Not to mention they are due in a week. :]

Tell me about a book that has been with you to the most places...
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is the one that has been with me to the most places. I never sat down to read it, I just carried it around so if I had a spare moment or two I would crack its pages and turn a few. As you have probably heard, it is a very fast book, even though it has 500+ pages. So, it did not take too terribly long to finish, but a very good book overall.

Tell me about a bonus book that doesn't fit any of the above questions...

Oh, yes! The Webster's Dictionary. How boring. But its there just because I need it sometimes. Like who knows the meaning of
hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (the fear of long words)? Ha. Even spell check didn't know that one. :]

Thanks for holding on through this extensive meme. And if you do have
hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, good luck to you. ;]

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