Just because I complained about a small case of writer's block yesterday, I have been tagged by Guy. Here goes:
1) Number of books owned: 2,000+. I owned more than 1000 books when I was 16. I have books at my mother's house, my mother-in-laws house, my house, my office. There are nearly 400 on the shelves in my office, boxes in the closet.
2) Last book I bought was The Frank Sinatra Reader edited by Steven Petkov et al. This is a collection of articles etc. written about Frank.
3) Last book completed was McNally's Bluff by Vincent Lardo. This is a continuation of the series begun by the late Lawrence Sanders. Mysteries, and comedy set in Palm Beach. Also The Marines of Autumn by James Brady. The story of a rifle company commander in Korea. This is one of the finest novels of war I have ever read. I cannot recommend it enough.
4) Books that have meant a lot to me. Where to start, I would rather read than watch TV. The Louis L'Amour book Tucker was given to me by my grandfather when I was about 11 or 12. That started me on a several year binge of reading L'Amour books. These are great reading, though his later books get a bit preachy. A master storyteller. My favorite books include Flight of the Intruder by Stephen Coonts, the Brotherhood of War series by WEB Griffin, The Aubrey/Maturin books by O'Brian (Master and Commander), this man is a master of prose. He can transport you to the Napoleonic world through his rich language alone. The books are impeccably researched, you feel a part of the story. Tom Sawyer, and as a boy I loved the stories of Robin Hood edited by Pyle. One of my favorite all time books is The Last of the Breed by L'Amour. This is not a western, but a Cold War tale, and I often think this would make a great movie.
5) I am currently reading the afore mentioned Sinatra book, a book about the Philippine War of 1898-1903, and The Intruders by Stephen Coonts (for about the 5th time).