Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Book Meme

So I was tagged by Judith with this Book Meme. This was really hard. I am a reader. I love to read, and often times, particularly in the winter (when I don't have a hundred years worth of wallpaper to strip) I will have two or three books going in different parts of the house. I love to read in bed, I love to read outside, I love to read on vacation. I just love to read. And I have three genres that I just exhaust. Books about the South (or written from a Southern perspective), books written by naturalists, and books about people setting out across the country to discover America. So anyway, here are my responses to the book meme, with minor changes where I just couldn't possibly winnow my selections any further.

1. Name Five of your Favorite Boooks

1. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (love the book, love the movie, have probably read over 20 times)
2. Travels with Charley - John Steinbeck (discovering a long-ago America with his dog. What could be better?)
3. Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of our own Backyards - Sara Stein (I have read this every spring for the last five or six years).
4. Ribbon of Sand: The Amazing Convergence of the Ocean and the Outer Banks - John Alexander and James Lazell (I read this every summer. It delves into geology, biology, climatology, history, sociology, totally interesting).
5. A Walk Through the Year - Edwin Teale also, A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm (love them both)
6. (I know, this is more than five) Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells (Ignore the movie, it sucked. I loved this book because it was so very southern. I could almost feel the humidity and hear the deafening din of katydids as I read it. It is one of those books that I have to ration, lest I just consume the entire thing in an afternoon).

2. Name the Last Book you Bought or Brought Home from the Library:

I haven't been to the Library as of late because of the damn wallpaper. But I have been to the used bookstore. Here is what I came home with:
1. An Island Garden - Celia Thaxter (haven't read it yet)
2. The Best of Cooking Light
3. The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook (totally opposite of the Cooking Light one. Can you say Lard?)
4. The Moosewood Cookbook (the original, which have been checking out of Libraries all over southcentral and southeastern PA for the last 15 years. Now I own it.)

3. Name the Last Book you Read:

Onward and Upward in the Garden - Katherine White (a collection of her gardening columns from the New York Times from the late 1950s and early 1060s).

4. Name Five Books that have Been Particularly Meaningful to you:

1. Walden - Thoreau
2. Conscience of a Liberal - Senator Paul Wellstone
3. COnversations with the Archdruid - John McPhee
4. Into the Wild - John Krakauer
5. Bark of the Dogwood: A Tour of Southern Homes and Gardens - Jason Tippett McCrae (A curious juxtaposition of the South, gardening, and dysfunctional families, totally good read).

5. Name three books you've been dying to read, but just haven't gotten around to it:

1. The Davinci Code, just to see that all the fuss is about
2. Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog - John Grogan (Although I think this will be sad. Anytime a pet dies in a book, it makes me cry.
3. North With the Spring: A Naturalist's Record of a 17,000 mile journey with the North American Spring - Edwin Teale (sadly, this is out of print, but I'm always looking).
4. Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books - Maureen Corrigan

So there you are, a semi-complete idea of what I like and who I am based on what I read. I'm not going to tag anyone, but feel free to abscond for your own blog. This was pretty fun to do.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Judith said...

I could comment on just about all your books, having either read them or now will want to head out to find them. You have put together a wonderful list. "A Walk Through the Year"...I must read that one. "Travels w/Charley"--that was so great & "To Kill A Mockingbird"...I have the same cookbooks, BTW. great! Thanks, Meredith.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Liz said...

I loved looking into your mind via your booklist. I love everything by John Steinbeck, but Thoreau makes me snooze (sacriledge, I know). You mentioned alot of books I've never heard of.

8:18 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

Thoreau is rather dry, but then you come across one of those phrases that just makes you want to cry when you think of all thats cahnged since he wrote Walden.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

I should have read everyone else's book meme before responding to one myself ... so funny how often we remember other books we should have mentioned! Great list ...

9:17 AM  

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