1. Total number of books I've owned:
Definitely more than 2500, probably less than 5000. I desperately need to do a proper inventory. The number of books I currently own is fairly close to the number I have ever owned; my collection has only been culled three times (when moving from Hales Corners, WI to Durham, NC at age 9, when moving from my old bedroom to my new bedroom at age 13 and when moving out of the house in Durham to my first post-college apartment in Chicago; the first two account for several dozen books, the latter for perhaps a hundred). I keep thinking I ought to cull the collection again, but I find myself utterly unable to do so.
2. The last book I bought:
The most recently ordered book is Brian Keene's Earthworm Gods, but that was a pre-order and won't actually arrive for several months. The most recent actual acquisition is the new Transgressions anthology.
3. The last book I read:
The last book I finished was Holly Phillips' collection In the Palace of Repose. I'm currently reading Georges Perec's Life: A User's Manual.
4. Five books that mean a lot to me:
This question is ambiguous, so I'll give it two separate answers. First, the books that content-wise have meant a lot to me:
- Stranger in a Strange Land (Heinlein)
- Job: A Comedy of Justice (Heinlein)
- Crash (Ballard)
- Snow Crash (Stephenson)
- Democracy in America (de Tocqueville)
And second, the books in my collection where the physical object means a lot to me:
- The signed first of Asimov's Prelude to Foundation (Easton Press, so one can quibble if it's actually a first, but it's likely the only signed Asimov I'll ever have)
- Letter "H" of the lettered edition of Jay Lake & Frank Wu's Letters from Lake Wu
- The beautiful illustrated edition of The Wind in the Willows given to me by an elderly friend back when I was first learning to read
- A copy of Paul Graham's On Lisp: Advanced Techniques for Common LISP, which was harder to track down than any other book I own
- My well-used sheet music for Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique, the first of his sonatas I learned to play
5. Tag five people and have them fill this out in their LJs...
OK, andreasblack, laurahcory, paulcory, starchyld and chang_o, consider yourselves tagged.