Must. Obey. Book. Meme.
For some unknown reason, Chris is interested in what books I read.
Number of Books Owned?
Umm, I guess about 300-400. In two overseas moves we've managed to shed a lot of them.
Last Book Bought?
Last Book Read?
There's a Wocket In My Pocket, by Dr. Seuss. A rollicking rollercoaster of a read, but a bit harsh on noothgrushes who sit on toothbrushes.
Other than this, see above.
Five Books That Mean a Lot To You?
The interesting question. Here we go:
- The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins. Until reading this book, I never really got evolutionary biology. Dawkins explains it using an analogy that I can identify with, namely software algorithms. Now I feel enlightened.
- Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. HOWTO: develop a love of mathematics.
- Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. My token effort at real literature. One day I will finish it. In the meantime I will bask in it's awesome density, humour, and insight.
- Catch-22 by Joesph Heller. Regular re-readings of this keep me sane.
- The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan. Great words from a great man, who was able to reconcile a strictly rational outlook on nature without losing any of its wonder.