Friday, June 24, 2005

A long overdue book tag - including fines

I love books. My idea of heaven is a good book, a cuppa of strong tea and a slice of chocolate pecan or almond cake with fudge frosting :-)

Balaji had tagged me sometime back and I never got around to doing this.

Total Number of books I own: About 200 + (collectively with my husband, that is. If I include my kids, it might be another 100)

Last books I bought: The Closers by Michael Connelly (for my husband on father's day) and Black Rose by Nora Roberts

Last book I read: To Kill a Mockingbird

Books that mean a lot to me: (more than 5, coz books, just by definition, they mean a lot to me, I like to read everyday.)

Fountainhead: Since this was the first Ayn Rand book I read and I feel she shaped me to an extent.

Bharathiyar Kavithaigal: My pocket sized book has seen better days, but it is with me and that gives me a lot of reassurance. My love for tamil is partly owed to this.

Kannadasanin paadalgal: OK, I came across this book as a kid, Ever since then I have been trying to buy this. It is a big bound volume of all his movie songs. If anyone knows what I am talking about, plis to leave a comment.

All PGWodehouse, but especially his Jeeves/Wooster ones and Leave it to Psmith.

Enid Blyton: The ones I liked best were the fairy tales with gnomes and elves and fairies. The adventure ones were next. I love reading them to my kids now, especially the wishing chair books.

If tomorrow comes: Light and very fast reading for me. I read it so many times. I liked her character - strong and resourceful.

Gone with the Wind: The same reason as above.

The Winner: same reason as above (Also, Saving Faith by Baldacci)

Jane Eyre: Had it in school and it was a starting point for me towards Bronte and Austen.

Treasure Island: It was a defining moment (series of) for me to realize I could write. We had detailed essays on this book and mine were favorites of my English teacher that he read it out aloud in class.

Harry Potter and the half-blood prince: Well, right now it means a lot to me :-) I can't wait to get my hands on this one.

Meenakshi ammal's Samaithu paar: I guess most tam-brams are familiar with this one. It was a savior in my kathu-kutti days.

Dr. Suess (esp Fox in socks): I would read them to my older girl and it gave me an appreciation for the nonsensical. I was suessical for a brief period in my life then, trying to ape that style. And no, I am not calling myself a monkey here.

Code Complete: Probably the only tech book I read cover to cover.

And any book I may be currently reading. I can't put down a book without finishing it. I seem to be drawn into it and cannot get back to reality quick enough. One of the reasons I cannot read some of the more engrossing books during the week.

Books lined up for immediate reading:
Cosmic clues by Manjiri Prabhu - I saw the author's name and picked it from my library. Don't have any clue what it is about except that it was in the mystery section.

Hour game by Baldacci - I got to read all his books.

Eragon - the size intimidates me :-)

I am planning to get the highly touted one about birds and bees and also Sedaris's talking pretty soon.


Narayanan Venkitu said...

Thanks for writing about Samaithu paar.! Its a God sent blessing for me..when I decide to cook and I strongly recommend it.!

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ahh, Fountainhead! That was a phase of my life, the angry teenage years, when my mind was completely warped by Ayn Rand.
And when I see that you have Bharathiyar Kavithaigal, it reminds me of Kamal in Varumayin Niram Sivappu,one of his most underrated movies ever. Can still recall the scene where he storms off from the house reciting "uchi meedhu vaanidindhu
veezhugindrapodhilum acham illai acham illai acham yenbadhillayae!"
Brings back some good memories, this book tag!

thennavan said...

OT: Have blogrolled you :-)

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