Thursday, February 23, 2006


I hated playing tag in school. Alas I can not avoid it in the blogosphere. Promises of fondue and some 'buttering up' have forced me in to playing.

So here is my book tag 30in2005 and Mumbaigirl.

1. What is the total number of books you've owned?

About 300.

2. What are the last books you bought?
From The Oxfam Bookstore at Heretfordhsire and Welywn Garden City

Vikram Seth – Two Lives
American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
The Complete Book of Vegetarian Cooking
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories - Edited by Kate Figgs

3. What is the last book you've read?

American Psycho- Bret Easton Ellis

Scary, funny, gory.

4. What are you currently reading?

Eragorn - Christopher Paollini

Book 2 in the story of a boy, his dragon, elves, dwarves and great fun.

A long, long way – Sebastien Barry

World War I through the eyes of a young Irish soldier.

Back issues of Smoke a London Peculiar

An indie magazine full of stories, poetry and art inspired by London.

5. What are the 5 books that have meant a lot to you or that you particularly enjoyed?

Mr Men Series – Roger Hargreaves
Where would I be without Mr. Jelly and Little Miss. Naughty?

Revolting Rhymes – Roald Dahl. Illustrations Quentin Blake
Would recite these poems to my parent’s friends when they came round for dinner. I never knew if their red faces were because of the ‘rude bits’ or too much whisky.

Are you there God it’s me Margaret – Judy Blume
Perfectly captures growing pains. Ah how we all yearned to get our periods as young 10 year old girls . If only we knew.

Little Women - Louisa M. Alcott
First book that made me cry.

Wuthering Heights – Bronte

The prototype for every Mills&Boon hero ever created. Sadly the dark, conniving heroine didn’t catch on.

100 Hundred Years of Solitude - Marquez

The buterflies!

Hey whipple squeeze this – Luke Sullivan

Read as a young trainee living in the bubble world of advertising.

No Logo – Naomi Klein

Burst aforementioned bubble.

6) What book(s) would you wish to buy next?

Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
The Entire Calvin & Hobbes Series
Delta of Venus – Anais Nin.

7. What book(s) caught your attention but you never had a chance to read?
Gulag Archipelago - Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
A Clockwork Orange - Anothony burgess

8. What book(s) that you've owned for so long but never read?Grapes of wrath - Steinbeck
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Roots – Alex Haley
The Tin Drum - Gunter Grass
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

9. Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?

sorry for doing this to you guys. Please feel free not to comply :)

Falstaff - have you read his blog?
Sonia Faleiro - have you read her blog?
Kaaju Katli - have you read her blog?


Falstaff said...

Sigh. Why me? I'll comply all right, but there's no way I'm picking just five books. I think about 25 should be a good number. No actually...

And what is it with the Tin Drum, I wonder? I have it sitting on my shelf too. I've actually read some 100 pages of it and really enjoyed it and totally meant to go back and finish, but somehow it's just never the right time to be reading Grass. Ah well

MumbaiGirl said...

Falstaff am looking forward to your compilation too.

Shoefie, thanks! It was great as I expected! Also am bored with the old templates. I know the current one is busy, but am still fiddling...may or may not keep it.

mumbaiwallah said...

Roots was one of the best books I have read ever. I enjoyed it enough to make notes for posterity. Also loved The Lovely Bones. Gives me gooseflesh of the not-so-nice variety when I think of it. Depressed me thoroughly for a while. It's a sad, sad book and I love Alice Sebold for writing it.

kaaju katli said...

Aaiyo! Now everyone will find out about my pathetic reading habits ;-). Loved your red lacy racy template though!

Nessa said...

Sheesh! This is making me superconscious! I've started reading so late in life.. I mean College, actually.. I'm making me a resolution: buy at least one book a month :)

Catch 22 just sitting on the shelf? Hmm, I guess it tends to have that effect. I've read it.. loved it.. but it was quite painful, 'coz I had to sit with this dictionary as I did so.. Suffice to say, I've already forgotten what 90% of the new words (some million in number) I learnt mean.. :(

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

falstaff - Same here. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy what I'd read of the book. Hopefully it will be Grass's turn soon

Mumbaigirl - Thanks. Cute terrier btw

Mumbaiwallah - I don't know what it is about Roots. It's like there's a force field surrounding the book that prevents me from reading it. Have heard so much about Sebold that I thought I'd pick it up. Plus at £1 it was a bargain!

Kaaju - :) Looking forward to your tag post and my shoe poem! I wsa fond of that template too. Oh well

Nessa - I think I've read the first 100 pages of Catch 22 at least 4 times. I always get confused and am worried I'll be the one pleading insanity. But that's much better than Ulysses by Joyce. 3 pages was as far as I got

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