Fellow blogger and Twitter friend Drew McLellan tagged me a few weeks ago with this book meme. I'm a sucker for memes like this and the fact that it involves books makes it even better.
How many books do I own?
A lot. I'm out of room for them on the shelves and, frankly, out of spaces I can put shelves without some serious house reorganizing. Books are stacked everywhere. I need to get Library Thing. (man, should have asked for that for xmas)
Last book I read
The Day I Turned Uncool, by Dan Zevin. Hilarious, quick read.
Last book I bought
If I count gifts, then In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine. If I don't count gifts, then the new Patricia Cornwell book (below).
What I'm currently reading
I usually have too many books going. Right now I have the new Patricia Cornwell (Book of the Dead), Microtrends by Mark Penn (haven't gotten far) and Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robinson.
What I'll read next
The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun
Shoot, I just remembered I have my TED book club books to read, so I better add them to the list. One is a coffee table book (Blue Planet Run) and one is The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt. I don't remember the third and the box they all came in is still at my office.
What's on my wish list
Lots and lots.
Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums
The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman
What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden
5 Meaningful Books (for me)
1. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I came to read this book through unexpected circumstances, and learned a lot about myself in the process.
2. The Nibble Theory by Kaleel Jamison. Taught me power of nibbles and that big me doesn't have to equal small you. And vice versa.
3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Probably my first "grown-up" read of a book, opening my mind up to the complexity of human nature in a way nothing else ever had.
4. One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora Welty. Slim, quiet book that packs a powerful 1-2 punch of razor sharp prose with equally sharp powers of observation.
5. Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (might as well provide the link since I had to go get the spelling of his name). Tackles a fundamental question -- what is a good life? -- in a surprising way.
So...now I have to tag some folks.