Tuesday, April 25, 2006


I've done this before, on Geebaby, but my dear friend Aristera tagged me sometime back, reminding me that Keya too had tagged me before that, and I thought to myself - Why not?
Why not on Literary Mosaic, my much ignored second baby? So here goes, the Book Meme -

1. What is the total number of books you've owned? I've not counted them in a while, but I'd say more than 300.
2. What is the last book you bought? Anne of Green Gables (abridged and unabridged) for my two nieces. I've decided I must play the role of Bookie Aunty to the hilt! :-)
3. What is the last book you've read? The last book I read and finished reading was so long ago I don't even remember which one it was :-(
4. What are you currently reading? Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood - never read so abysmally slow ever before! It's a disgrace!
5. What are the 5 books that have meant a lot to you or that you particularly enjoyed?
There are many, but from the top of my head right now :-
  • Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (for filling my childhood days with lovely images and for Jo - she rocks totally!),
  • Diary of Anne Frank (I think it's what got me interested in the Holocaust),
  • Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys (for making my world view so much larger),
  • The Lord of the Flies - William Golding (it's one of the rare classics that I devoured at one go!)
  • Golden Gate - Vikram Seth (I had my doubts about a novel in verse form, but all of them were laid to rest within the first ten pages through this one - Merci Aristera pour me donner ce roman!)
6. What book(s) would you wish to buy next? For now, I've promised myself to finish reading all those unread books on my bookshelf before buying any more books - let's see how long I stick to this resolution!
7. What book(s) caught your attention but you never had a chance to read? Oh, so many!
8. What book(s) that you've owned for so long but never read? The complete works of William Shakespeare, to start with...it's actually quite a long list. *embarassed*
9. Who are you going to pass this stick to and why? To all those who actually dropped by Literary Mosaic and read this post!


Lotus said...

Diary of Anne Frank - Read about holocaust for the first time during high school days. Six million jews slaughtered. I had to write the number on the paper as I couldn't believe it. Kept staring at it for what seemed like eternity. To this day, I feel utter revulsion for the human race when something reminds me of the holocaust and also feel very small cuz no amount of thinking explains it. Simply put, the incident is etched in my conscience. And I read Anne Frank ofcourse and supporting literature. I loved the way she lived and moaned the way she left. The survivors at the camp witnessed her broken spirit towards the end of her time and the account was heart-wrenching. How many Anne Franks!

Well!!! Read 8 plays from the Complete Works and the most I enjoyed was Comedy of Errors.

Liese C. Khanna said...

Anne Frank craved for knowledge and experience of the world. I was astonished at and loved her for how she gathered experience and defended her wished and opinions against grown-ups who did (perhaps could) not substitute for the world she missed. Not many children and girls grow up so intentionally. I wish many children would let her impress them.

I'm catching up on this. You hadn't been here for some time when I last stopped by. In April. Shame on me.

You know that I've read much of Shakespeare.
Want to share my last read. Ooh, no, I won't. I made a riddle to go with it. So, I'll leave the answer for now.
I enjoy the plays a lot. I find loads of things remarkable and try to remember and learn from them. Loads of sensible modern ideas about all aspects of live. And as I'm reading Hobbes and stuff, the political plays give valuable contra-points (?) so I don't take the philosophers as the alpha and the omega of thought about the state, power, legitimacy, responsibility in that time.
Funnily, I can read and enjoy the comedies only in German and the serious plays only in English. But that may be because I haven't read a translation of the latter which suits me.

I'll recommend RICHARD III and THE TEMPEST.