So I normally don’t do memes, but Word Nerd tagged me and I like this one, so I’m doing it. Which, while I’m on the topic, how do you pronounce the word “meme”? Is it “mem” such as memory, or “me-me”? What is the history of this word? Why does it mean “fill out this fun questionaire that will take up space in your blog, thus allowing you to provide content without having to think too hard?” Perhaps that’s a bit harsh. But that’s why I fill out memes, haha. If that’s the plural of meme, that is.
Another sidenote: who is voting on my entries? Why is voting easier than commenting? I really am curious about this. Thesis topic?
Total number of books
Like Word Nerd says, this is an ambiguous category. Is this total number of books read this past year? This past month? Total number of books owned? Total number of books bought in a certain timespan? Because while I have an ambitious plan to digitize my entire library catalogue… hasn’t happened yet. I can say that I’ve read 29 books and 2 short stories this year (I’ll post a definite list at the end of the year).
Last book read
Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Oh, I didn’t mention I’m in an English class focusing on the American Romantic/Trascendental movement? Oh, I never mentioned that I might be a closet-Transcendentalist? …oops.
Last book bought
On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels. I’m reading it cover-to-cover.
Five meaningful books
1. Persuasion by Jane Austen.
Reading this book changed my entire idea of what it means to be a romance writer. I don’t know why. Something about the quiet suffering of Anne spoke to me, and made me root for the character that doesn’t always get a role in our fiction: the type A female.
2. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.
This is one of the best well-written fictions I’ve read in a long time. I read it last summer and I’m still geeking about it, just because I literally felt for every character. There was no “bad guy,” and I loved that. A great ensemble story.
3. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King.
This is one of the only books that I will not only say you should deface by making your own notes, I’m encouraging it. Read it. Highlight it. Underline it.
4. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
Who said classics aren’t making a comeback, I ask you? This was the last book before Elantris that literally had me geeking for years. Clever, well-written, thoroughly well-thought out, and full of inside jokes for the classic-reader.
5. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.
This book, somehow, just feels like an adult fairy-tale slash love story to all readers. You might not like it, but I love it. Another book that changed how I look at writing fiction.