Thursday, September 17, 2009

Book Love

I've been thinking a lot about books --the ones I've read, all the ones I want to read, some of the ones I'm thinking about reading and so on. Books and reading have always been a huge part of my life. Even now, nine times out of ten I would rather open a book than watch TV. I've been utilizing my library card my mom's library card (because the library thinks I'm dead) quite a bit lately and just joined Good Reads (Are you on the site too? Lets be friends!) to help keep tabs on some of my favorite books.

In the spirit of reading and all things books a book meme seems appropriate for the last post of the week, don't you think?

The book that’s been on your shelves the longest.
I have many well loved books on my shelves, but the ones that have probably been there the longest are some Nancy Drew hardbacks. I haven't read them in a really long time but can't bring myself to part with them. They are vintage hardbacks from the 70's that belonged to my mother. The pages are dog-eared, the binding broken, and some of the pages are loose but the sentimental value far outweighs all of those.

A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time).
I own a copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass that was given to me by my 8th grade Language Arts teacher. This year was a big one for me-- it was the year that I really, truly discovered the power of writing and my parents divorced, among other things. My teacher was someone who encouraged me to keep writing a journal, loaned me books faster than I could read them, and was just a very influential person in my life. Leaves of Grass always reminds me of that school year and reminds me to "seize the day." (This was also the year I was introduced to The Dead Poets Society, one of my all time favorite movies.)

A book you treasure the most.
A few months before she passed away Sister Mary, one my college/life mentors, gave me a first edition copy of Gone With the Wind that had belonged to her mother. I literally cried when said she wanted me to have it because it was one of the few possessions she had taken with her from her girlhood home in Tennessee when she left to become a nun. Knowing that I adore all things Gone With the Wind and knowing that her health was failing she passed the book on to me in the box she had kept it in for several years which also included a ticket stub to a screening of the movie in Atlanta the year it came out. I keep the book in the same box in a place of honor on my shelf. Its something that I will always treasure.

The most recent addition to your shelves.
I came home today, collected the mail and had a large package from a friend that contained True Compass by Ted Kennedy. I nearly squealed with delight because I added this to my must read list a few weeks ago. Ted Kennedy was a great American from an amazing family. I have read other books about the Kennedy's but this was one I have been waiting for. I cannot wait to get it started.

Your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next.
I am currently reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (yes, I am not above still reading children's books). The last book I read was Shanghai Girls which I thought was just ok. The next books I want to read are True Compass and The Lost Symbol. This weekend is going to involve a trip to a few various book stores, I'm contemplating buying Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Have you read these, what do you think?).

So how about you? Read anything good lately? Any books I should pick up on my trip to the book store that I just have to read? Happy weekend, all!


Kat said...

I'm on Good Reads, was that your request I got awhile ago?? I read the Twilight series in 2 weeks, they're utterly addicting. Then I read The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert, it was just okay. Now I'm reading Touching the Void by Joe Simpson.

Katie said...

Of course I love this meme!

You have to read The World to Come. It gets better and better the more I get into it. It's one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.

Pam said...

I just finished reading the Twilight series for the second time and I am now reading The Catcher in the Rye's one of my favorites.

Ashley said...

I used to collect old Nancy Drew books! Some of them were my moms, but a lot of them I picked up at used bookstores and antique shops. My favorite was always the second one in the first run of books; it was about a hidden staircase.

Anonymous said...

i have read all of the Diarys of a Wimpy Kid! they are some of nicks favorites! and i found them entertaining as well! i Love that you are reading them! currently i am reading all things grad school related-pertaing to museums, which i really like, i cannot wait for christmas break to read the Lost Symbol! i may have to steal this meme...

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I'm on Good Reads & I love it!!

I did this meme awhile back. Such a fun one to do.

That Gone with the Wind Story is touching. What a special book to receive.

I just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo & loved it! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I thought it was such a page turner!

Leanne said...

I just finished Love in the time of Cholera. It's pretty good, took a bit to get into, but it soon became hard to put down.

Anonymous said...

i love this post <3

Auburn Kat said...

As you already know, I'm a book nut!! Now I'm going to have to use this meme on my blog!

Hope you have a wonderful day today and maybe tomorrow you can sleep in some? =)

BTW, sorry I've been such a drag lately!

P said...

I love Gone With The Wind, it is one of my favourite "classic" books, probably the last of the classics I voluntarily read - it took me awhile, lol! I'm more of a chick-lit girl now, which you would see if you look at my goodreads, haha. I will try and add you if I can work out how. :)

xxxx said...

Also a Gone with the Wind and Nancy Drew fan :)

I love Laura Dave's two books, The Divorce Party and London is the Best City in America.

Andy said...

Wow, that Gone With The Wind book story? I was like "OMG sooo jealous". Wow.

I've seen the movie many times and I love it, and I've been reading Gone With The Wind for quite a few weeks now!