i've been passed the book baton by electra,
number of books on shelf :
no idea, i have collected such a huge number of books (half of them only half read) they have overflowed out of the shelves in to the floor and presently covers about a quarter of the floor area of my spare room.
last book purchased :
moby dick - herman melville , haven't started on it yet, though i read about a half of it when i was a school boy.
book i am reading right now/last books read :
i have this bad habit of reading several books at the same time that i end up not finishing a large proportion of them. Currently following books are lying dog-eared or half opened all over the place.
The charterhose of parma - stendhal – the scarlet and the black, is one of my all time favorites, can't say the same for this one though its good.
brideshead revisited - evelyn waugh – very good
the confessions – rousseau – just started
the story of the stone – cao xueqin (vol 1(golden days) in the penguin translation)- brilliant 18th century chinese novel/whatever- i read the last four volumes a long time ago(vol 2(crab flower club) got me hooked), lake house bookshop had only those 4, and though i was on the lookout for vol 1, had no luck anywhere until last week when i found it in a used book stall. will definitely finish it today.
The first man – albert camus - last unfinished novel of a great (in my opinion) author – just read the introduction.
books that mean a lot to me :
little women – louisa may alcott - this may seem funny but until i read this when i was 13 i was not exactly in the habit of reading books.
the bible – esp. genesis, exodus, joshua, judges, kings, chronicles, ruth and esther from the old testament, simply love all those stories, always remember to read the unabridged versions straight from the bible and ignore the sanitized versions, you will be suprised
the brothers karamazav – dostoevsky – my favorite novel, after getting run over by 'the grand inquisitor' (probably the greatest single piece of philosophy ever written ) i was forced to rethink all my values from scratch
the myth of sisyphus - albert camus – starts with 'there is one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide' no need to say more.
history of the peloponnesian war- thucydides – that's the way 'history' should be written.
story of civilization (11 vols) - will and ariel(in later vols) durant - just imagine jostein gaarder's sophie's world , grown 50 times larger with all the boring details filled in with a lot of art history. those volumes from the american center usually weighed more than all my other school books combined and also taught me a lot more too.