A quick, painless book meme

I am in search for a daily book meme (nerdy, I know, shut up), and so far, I have not found something I’ll be interested to do.  Meanwhile, I found this straightforward meme to share with you.  🙂

The book that’s been on your shelves the longest.

We have moved a lot through the years so I got to say the oldest one that survived is Shining Through by Susan Isaacs.  I don’t recall since when we had it but I’m sure it’s with us in 1993.  Why? I brought it during our sixth grade retreat.  I have not finished that book until now!  I also learned very recently that it’s where the Michael Douglas-Melanie Griffith starrer was based from.

A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time).

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.  It’s the first book I bought with my very first paycheck in March 2003.  I read it in four days (about an hour each night) after buying it.  I was also passionate about a spin-off for Mameha.

A book you acquired in some interesting way.

The first thing that came to mind is Digital Fortress by Dan Brown.  I got it from Powerbooks in February 2006 when my entry was chosen as Letter of the Month for their magazine, Read.  This is the exact copy I claimed from Powerbooks.  It’s still wrapped the very same way until now.  No kidding!  Except for this, I have read all of Dan Brown’s books.  Hopefully, I can find time to read this one. Nasasayangan kasi ako sirain yung ribbon, hahaha!

Another very interesting way I got not one but 31 books is when my friend Sharon gave her Discworld books to me when they left Manila.  During my first visit to their house in 2008, I was in awe of her collection and it’s so touching that she remembered I’m going to love them so she left them all to me.

The book that’s been with you to the most places.

I guess, Shining Through is one.  Let’s add all the Stephen King books I have except for Nightmares and Dreamscapes and Hearts in Atlantis.  Those books have been with us when we moved out of Cavite to Sta. Ana in 1999 and from Sta. Ana to San Andres in 2002.

The most recent addition to your shelves.

The last twenty books bought, you mean? Haha.  Okay, I’d have to say after these purchases, and these two more, I added The Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon, Bloodtide by Melvin Burgess, The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth, Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, Poe’s Children edited by Peter Straub, and Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell.  A colleague who’s leaving Manila also let me choose from his box of books and I took Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder and When Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe.  Whew!

Your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next.

I’m reading too many books at a time! Let’s just say my last read was The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson, my current reads are Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell, Magyk by Angie Sage, and Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, and my next read is either The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith or 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill.

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