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Archive for June 3rd, 2005

Ok, two people now have tagged me to join this deal where you answer some questions about your reading habits and then tag some other people to do the same. So, thanks to Jeff Culbreath of Hallowed Ground and David L Jones of Ressourcement for being interested in my response, and here ya go:

No, wait, not yet: first I have to stipulate that this is at best an approximation and I can be pretty sure that at some point after I post this, maybe five minutes, maybe five days, I will think of several books that really ought to have been in the top 5.

Ok.

Total number of books (my wife and) I own: A very rough estimate based on counting a couple of rows on one shelf and extrapolating, then picking an even rougher number for the ones in the loft that I can’t easily get to: 2,000.

Last Book I Bought: Not sure, but I think it was an Everyman’s Library volume containing Waugh’s Black Mischief, Scoop, The Loved One, and The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold. Either that, or Salvation is From the Jews by Roy Schoeman.

Last Book I Read: Now, this question almost stopped me from participating, because the dreadful truth is that I cannot definitively pinpoint the last time I actually finished a book. For a number of reasons which all add up to a very high level of distraction and inability to concentrate, I have been finding it very difficult to stay with one book long enough to finish it. One of the major factors in this state of affairs is the Internet, and I really am going to have to cut back on my use of it. The last one may possibly have been Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (not particularly recommended).

Books I’m reading now:

  • Boswell’s Life of Johnson (I couldn’t be content with an abridged version–afraid I would miss something, and then I got bogged down about 200 pages from the end))
  • Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter
  • a mid’60s sci-fi anthology edited by Judith Merrill which I bought as a teenager and recently dug out in order to read a story by Cordwainer Smith because Sandra Miesel had recommended him, and which is now inaccessible due to its being stored while we remodel our bedroom
  • the aforementioned Salvation is of the Jews, if having read only the preface counts.

Five books that have been important to me (watch this–I’m going to cheat):

  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • C.S. Lewis’ space trilogy
  • Walker Percy’s  Love in the Ruins
  • T.S. Eliot’s Collected Poems

What?! No room for Chesterton now? Oh well, like I said, this is wrong almost by definition, but I suppose of some interest as an indicator of what popped into my mind first. I also insist on adding the King James Bible as a stand-alone in a class by itself, being the Bible and all.

Five people tagged: Karen Horton, Daniel Nichols, Robert Woodley, Julianne Wiley, Dawn Eden. Only one of these has a personal blog so I will have to ask the others to send (or dictate, in the case of that first person) their lists to be posted here. Which I don’t necessarily expect them to do.

Maclin Horton

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