Kathryn Judson, over at Suitable for Mixed Company, has tagged me in a book meme that’s been going around. However, Kathryn says she’s feeling contrary, so she’s changing the question. Hey, I’m just glad I’m not the last one to get picked to play. Thanks for the link Kathryn.
Here’s Kathryn’s question:
Imagine that a local philanthropist is hosting an event for local high school students and has asked you to pick out five to ten books to hand out as door prizes. At least one book should be funny and at least one book should provide some history of Western Civilization and at least one book should have some regional connection. The philanthropist doesn’t like foul language (but will allow some four-letter words in context, such as expressed during battle by soldiers). Otherwise things are pretty wide open. What do you pick?
The book meme that’s been going around, the one that Kathryn specifically did not ask me about, included a question about the number of books owned- some versions ask about the number owned at any one time. I wasn’t asked, but I’m going to tell y’all the answer so that you can understand how agonizingly difficult it is for me to limit myself when it comes to books.
I currently own over 6,000 books. Yes, over Six Thousand books. In a 1200 square foot house with seven children and two large dogs. I am insane. I love books. I love to hold them, read them, talk about them, read them, buy them, give them to friends,read them, own them, and did I mention read them? I might be a book glutton, but I think we need to gather more evidence before we can reach a solid conclusion.
Funny books- Christopher Nolan’s Under the Eye of the Clock. It’s not really primarily written as humor, but Christopher writes with so much wit and life. There are episodes he recounts in this autobiographical account that left me laughing so hard I was crying. And Christopher gives his readers an insight into the life of the severely disabled that can only be beneficial to young people making their way in the world.
P.G. Wodehouse- almost anything he has written. The man can make anything funny.
Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog)- this is one of the books that when I am reading it, my children finally tell me that I cannot read one more part out loud to them because I will spoil the whole book before they have a chance to read it themselves.
Winston Churchill’s History of the English Speaking People
Thomas Cahill’s Sailing the Wine Dark Sea, although I am not certain that he avoids foul language sufficiently to suit our philanthropist.
The Gift of Fire, by Richard Mitchell
A Volume of Shakespeare
Who Killed Homer
REgional Significance: I am not sure whether this means *my* region or not. So first I choose a region of my heart:
How the Heather Looks, a lovely account of one family’s tour of England, seeking the hills and dales of British children’s books. It was out of print for years, and during those dark days, it was the library book most likely to be stolen by retiring librarians. Really.
Life and Death in Shanghai- a marvelous and true story of human courage through great hardship.
From my own region, I like Girl of the Limberlost and almost, but not quite, everything else by Gene STratton Porter (her inherent racism is just under the surface in nearly all of her books, but it explodes in Daughter of the Land, which I would only recommend for those students who want to know how prevalent utterly irrational bigotry against the Japanese was during the time period)
The nature writing of Rachel Peden
I’m tagging Firefly at Bioluminescence; Mama Squirrel at Dewey’s Treehouse; Donna-Jean at Liberty and Lily; and Tim and Tim’s Mom from Bona Vita Rusitcanda Est.
Hmm. Now that I think about it, I’d like the Common Room Scholars to play, too- Head Girl, Equuschick, JennyAnyDots, Pipsqueak- anything to add?