Saturday, June 18, 2005

Book Meme: My Turn

Rick tagged me with the book meme that's going around the blogs like a virus. Okay, fine, I'll bite.

Total number of books owned: I think I'm at around 300 right now. I shed about 100 books or so between my last two moves, so I could be down to 250. I haven't counted in awhile and books are like weeds a new one pops up every time I think I've got them all.

Last book I bought: Crafty Screenwriting by one of my favorite bloggers Alex Epstein.

Last book I read: Besides the one I just mentioned, I read a lot of screenwriting books. The last non-fiction book I read was Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow (frequent contributor to Boing Boing.

Five books that mean a lot to me:

The Number of the Beast by Robert Heinlein. This was my first real sci-fi book given to me by my father. After all of the other Heinlein books I've read, this is the one I always come back to, simply because it was my first.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. It's actually a tough call between this one and Cryptonomicon which I also love, but again, I go with sentimentality. My first real boyfriend gave me Snow Crash and it blew my mind (this after he had already turned me on to Pournelle and Niven books). I loan out Snow Crash often -- I just never get it back. I've bought at least five copies of this book since I first read it. I'm currently without a copy.

Mort by Terry Pratchett. I had no idea how funny fantasy could be. I had read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and I knew sci-fi could be funny (this book almost makes the cut for the top 5). Interestingly enough, I was turned on to Mort by Colin Baker at a Dr. Who convention. Yes, in my very young years I attended Dr. Who conventions and took book reading advice from actors. Still, this one was a great one and the entire series of Discworld novels are to this day one of my prized possessions (which continues to grow since the man is still writing them). Mort is actually the 4th Discworld book, but I still recommend it as the best introduction to the series.

Writing Screenplays that Sell by Michael Hauge. This was the first screenwriting book I bought which made me feel I could actually be a writer. I was further encouraged when I listened to him speak at the very first Screenwriting Expo in 2002.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It may seem corny to you, but I was already a voracious reader when I discovered the Anne Shirley books. I would say that prior to seeing Anne of Green Gables on PBS (which, tragically, may have its funding cut because they can't seem to stop serving a liberal agenda -- okay, I'll stop) I had already fallen in love with this character and the story. It made me want to tell stories.

Hmmm, who should I tag with this meme... 5 others, the rules say.

E.B. Langton
Kid Sis
Joshua James

Anybody else can jump in too!


joshua said...

Hey Shawna,

I just wrote a thing on my blog about the best books I've read in the past 12 months (it's on June 4th, you have to scroll down for the type of weblog I have at the moment, but it will soon change) it's a whole post called I LOVE BOOKS - check it out, I go into detail and list about six or seven of great titles - the last book I purchased was THE KITE-RUNNER - I own maybe about 300 or so books - in new york you can buy used books on the street for a buck, so I'm constantly tempted -

Best book I've read the past year? THE TIME-TRAVELER'S WIFE -

Best book in quite awhile, actually - really great - you should read it -

Thanks for thinking of me -

joshua said...

I forgot to mention, the last book I read was MR. MIKE - a biography of Michael O'Donaghue, who was one of the founding writers of National Lampoon and Saturday Night Live, the television show - I just finished it yesterday -

Kid Sis said...

Crap! I'm it!

Do I write back on your blog, or on mine?

Anonymous said...

just back from Vegas tonight, too tired to function properly but I will be doing this (I did get tagged on the butt)...sidenote: I enjoyed Hauge & Epstein's books as well

Emily B. Langton said...

I loved The Time-Traveler's Wife - one I'd definitely recommend.

I'll do this meme sometime this week when I need to procrastinate for a few minutes. :)

Anonymous said...

Have you ever read the _Emily_ series by L.M. Montgomery? It's a trilogy. Emily is a writer, and I think the books have a lot of nice things to say about writing. Very inspiring to me as a kid.