Book Nook

I’ve been tagged by Anne — this time for a book meme. Here I go:

(1) Number of books I (we, as a family) own – I stopped tracking them in Excel when I was packing everything for our move at 1,365. You could probably add another 200 or so that didn’t get included and maybe 100 more that got lumped together as a series and I was too lazy to list them individually and maybe add another 50 acquired post move, so I don’t know, 1,715 give or take 100 or so?

(2) Last book I bought – For me, my last Amazon order of three (you know, to get the free shipping deal) included:

The Soul Tells A Story: Engaging Creativity With Spirituality In The Writing Life by Vinita Hampton Wright
Before We Get Started : A Practical Memoir of the Writer’s Life by Bret Lott
Housekeeping : A Novel by Marilynne Robinson

For Craig, the last book I bought was Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes

For the girls, the last homeschooling book(s) I bought were Spelling Workout, volumes A and B and Zaner Bloser’s handwriting books for K and 1st grade. The last new *fun* book we obtained was a Klutz big book of paper dolls with stick-on clothes from the campus free store. That was a great find. They’ve been playing with it every day and we’ve taken it with us to appointments and such. Thanks, generous family who got tired of it and donated it. We’ve loved it. When I get tired of it, I’ll pass it on to someone else (although they’ve done an amazing job keeping all the pieces in the book – no one is more surprised by this than me!)

(3) Last book I read – Ice-Cream Cones For Sale! by Elaine Greenstein

(4) Five books that mean a lot to me:
1. My Name is Asher Lev and The Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok – one of my first encounters with the wrestle of faith and art. Amazing books, amazing writing.
2. Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring by Andi Ashworth – Andi’s words were one of the first times I have not only felt like I didn’t have to explain or justify my calling in life, I felt validated by it. I met her in person after I read the book and count her among my top mentors, so to speak. So real, so caring, so inspiring. If I had the money, I would buy this book for every woman I know.
3. Common Sense Christian Living by Edith Schaeffer – I read this when Chloe was a baby and it was probably the first time I started piecing together that my Christianity wasn’t something that was relegated to a Christian label, but an every day part of my everyday process.
4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – Somehow this got dropped on my list of required reading in high school. I read it just a couple of years ago. It was probably my first real encounter with a story that told the truth, told it unbelievably well, told it in a manner that made me weep, but didn’t make me angry with the ending. It wasn’t happy. It shouldn’t have been. This is writing.
5. The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer & Jessie Wise – Ditto to Anne. I actually just read this last month, but it’s completely changed the way I view our schooling. Completely.