Thursday, November 15, 2007

Books and Memes: Memes and Books

My dear talented friend and coach, Lisa Gates at Design Your Writing Life has tagged me for a book meme.

People don't depend on hard copy books as much as they used to for obtaining information. Today with the Internet still in its infancy, new benchmarks are being made in the field of communication and education at a rapid pace.

We can download seven or possibly more books into an electronic reader weighing less than a pound and place it in our pocket book to carry around! However, electronic readers will never take the place of a hard copy book on a sunless rainy day....On with the meme.

What to do: Answer 5 questions. Tag 5 book lovers

1. How many books do you own?
2. What was the last book you read?
3. What was the last book you purchased?
4. What five books are most meaningful to you?
5. What is your most obscure favorite book? Or, favorite most obscure book…

My Answers

1. Approximately 250

2. Currently I am reading 3 books simultaneously The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield; Escape by Carolyn Jessop and The Passion Test by Janet and Chris Atwood.

4. All the books are meaningful to me but I would have to say that the last five I purchased currently hold that position. Blink by Malcom Gladwell; The Gift, by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D; The Mandala of Being by Richard Moss, MD; 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health, by David Riklan; The Cracked Pot by Jim Cyr

OK Now it is your turn all Book Lovers!

If you are reading this, consider yourself a tagged Book Lover .

Write it down,



  1. 400 books

    Selected Stories (James Kelman)

    Trio (Robert Pinget)

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Alexandr Solzhenitsyn)
    Nineteen Eight-Four (George Orwell)
    In Watermelon Sugar (Richard Brautigan)
    A Scanner Darkly (Philip K Dick)
    Collected Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett

    Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopaedia

  2. Carma, it was interesting to note how you are filling your mind. Your choices show me you are a great learner... :-)

  3. Jim, thanks for participating. Except for Samuel Beckett and George Orwell, I am unfamiliar with the other authors. I am chuckling at your most obscure favorite or favorite most obscure book.

    Robyn, thanks for the compliment. I love learning and variety.

  4. Dear Carma:

    I am so glad you are reading The Frugal Editor. I have to tell you, after a lifetime as a journalist, editor, advertising copyrighter, poet, novelist...I learned something writing it. I hope you find something new or something to remind you.

    You know, your question is a tough one, don't you?

    I am on vacation so this will be a list of one, I fear. But To Kill a Mockingbird infused itself into my writer's brain and I believe is one of the reasons that my literary work explores the subject of tolerance.

    Hope you run this game again one day when I'm not paying for my computer time. (-; I am the FRUGAL editor and promoter, after all. Ha!

    Carolyn Howard-Johnson

  5. Hi Carolyn, Thanks for commenting.

    I can't take credit for thinking of the question so I figured why should I be the only one to struggle with the questions. :)

    I look forward to delving into The Frugal Editor.