Saturday, January 3, 2009

Bookshelf Meme

So, I got tagged by Valentina's Room to do a meme. Thanks Valentina for tagging me! So here it is.

1. Tag 3-5 people, so the fun keeps going!
2. Leave a comment at the original post at A Striped Armchair, so that Eva can collect everyone’s answers.
3. If you leave a comment and link back to Eva as the meme’s creator, she will enter you in a book giveaway contest! She has a whole shelf devoted to giveaway books that you’ll be able to choose from, or a bookmooch point if you prefer.
4. Remember that this is all about enjoying books as physical objects, so feel free to describe the exact book you’re talking about, down to that warping from being dropped in the bath water…

1. the book that’s been on your shelves the longest:
I have a picture book that belonged to my dad when he was young, and when my family and I moved into my house the book got put on a shelf in my closet so its been there ever since. I believe it was nine years ago.

2. A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time, etc.):
I don't really know which one to pick. I will tell you about two books then. The first one is a picture book called Goodnight Moon. Almost everybody in my family ones a copy of this book. My parents believe that everybody should have read it when they were kids. This brings back memories because I have read it so many tomes to so many different people that I am pretty sure I have memorized it. When I was in 3rd grade , the illustrator of the book came to my school and I remember bringing him my copy and my day-care providers copy. But, no matter where I look now, I can't find his signature in either of my two copies, but I have seen it in my day-care providers copy.
The next book doesn't remind me of anything now, but I know it will when I am older. I know this because the book is Paper Towns by John Green. I think that when I look back on this book I will remember John and Hank Green and all of the wonderful things they did, and the joy their video's brought me. I will remember what it feels like to know that you're not the only one in the world who likes what you like, because in the past year since I discovered John Green's books, I have also descovered myself in ways. I descovered that I don't want to be apart of the "popular" crowd, and that its okay to want to be intellectual and like books. The thing that will most remind me of this stuff, is what John put in the Acknowledgments at the end of the book. He wrote "To the nerdfighters, who have taught me so much about the meaning of awesome." To me that is wonderful and magnificent.

3. a book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used bookstore, prize, etc.):
A week after my birthday last year, I went to a gigantic garage sale that the town next to mine was having. When I was there, I got two poetry books for a total of two dollars. I didn't notice this until afterwards but both poetry books were published in the late eighteen hundreds. Not only was that cool, but one of the poets my dad likes. And, I bought the books from one of my dads old teachers.

4. the most recent addition to your shelves:
I actually got this book today. It is Ariel by Sylvia Plath, it is a collection of poems she wrote in the months before she died. It is sitting next to me as I type this, waiting to be finished,

5. a book that’s been with you to the most places:
This is a very very hard question to answer. Umm... I have brought so many books with me, its hard to tell because of the fact that I take at least one book with me wherever I go. But, I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak I read at any moment I could (if that counts).

6. a bonus book that you want to talk about but doesn’t fit into the other questions:

Once again, this is very hard to choose. I think I will pick a book that I had to read for class; The Odyssey by Homer. I chose this book because I wasn't fond of it, and I had to do an oral report on it. I like this book because for the oral report I didn't talk about what happened in the book, or who the characters were. I talked about the writing style Homer used, and the message The Odyssey gives people. And, that oral report was the best I have ever given. I only got positive feedback, which hadn't happened to anyone else. But, most of all I felt good afterward because I hate oral reports and I didn't even know I had to do one until the day before, I thought all I had to do was a book report. I showed myself that I can stand up in front of people and talk and actually have them listen to what I am saying, as long as what I say, I mean.

I am gong to tag: