Monday, October 01, 2007

Tagged for a book meme!

1. Total number of books owned - Erm, I really can't count them all - they're in every room of the house and the attic. Even the smallest room. Even the car. Even the garden shed. I have the inherited family 'book sickness.'

2. Last book bought - Hugh O'Donnell's Planting a Mouth; bought and signed at his wonderful launch in Dublin: really complete and beautiful poetry too.

3. Last book read - The Man With Night Sweats, Thom Gunn; The Truth of Poetry, Michael Hamburger (still reading this one); The Children of Hurin, Ed. Christopher Tolkien; Northern Lights, Philip Pullman (I read about four or five at a time and often re-read books that I've read before for comfort too). Okay, that might be cheating!

4. Five books which mean a lot to you.

Stranger Music by Leonard Cohen - a selected poetry and songs.

Gilgamesh, English version by Stephen Mitchell - a very contemporary, yet mythological account of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

The Song of Taliesin by John Matthews - oops does my interest in myths show.

The White Goddess by Robert Graves - without this I'd never have had all those poetic arguments in my head.

And John Toland's Christianity not Mysterious, a very precious book indeed for all the philosphical treatises that came from it and indeed for its rarity.

Taggees: Belle, Colin Will, and Cyberscribe - everyone else seems to have done it already!


belle said...

You are sooo sweet, Cailleach, but I've already done it! Watermaid tagged me when she tagged you ;o)

pilgrim said...

I'm sure I wouldn't know where to begin thinking about picking out just five books, but The White Goddess would almost certainly be one of them...

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

This meme is really doing the rounds! :-) BTW, I think reading Northern Lights over and over again is absolutely normal!

Cailleach said...

okay then - don't worry about it Belle - I must go over and re-read your blog :)

Watermaid, I had the hardest time picking these - on any given day it would be a different choice!

AV - I think it's such an easy one to do, and enjoyable too!

Colin Will said...

Done mine Barbara. An interesting challenge, and not difficult.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Great list!
I'm off to see about some of these...

Thanks for playing!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

apprentice said...

ooh the Cohen book sounds good.
I must google it.

I'll get my order in this weekend for your book B. Still rushing around here, off to Wigtown tomorrow to hear Judi read.

Cailleach said...

Thanks Scarlett - this one was fun ;)

Apprentice - I'm still rushing about too - I might meet myself coming back! Enjoy Wigtown :)

Cohen book is Jonathan Cape, if that's any use.

Jan said...

Leonard Cohen.
His poetry.
And Lots of memories.

Minx said...

I don't see Kairos on yer list - guess you must have read that one a few times!

Cailleach said...

I didn't think you could count yer own... isn't that cheating?