Fluff has tagged me.
Total number of books I own.
Jordin says he estimated a number of years ago we owned 5K paperbacks and 2K hardbacks. We've bought more since. And got rid of some, but not as many as we've bought. Yes, we do have a book problem.
The last book I bought
I bought 3 from Uncle Hugo's at Wiscon but I can only remember 2: Kage Baker's The Anvil of the World (in pb -- it's great), and Charlaine Harris' Dead as a Doornail.
The last book I read
Well yesterday I finished Seven Dials by Anne Perry and read John Scalzi's Old Man's War. I have Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand in progress, but it irritates me.
Five books that mean a lot to me
1. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien -- uh well um
2. King James version of The Bible -- I'm no longer a believer but this book shaped me in numerous known and unknown ways. And the language is fantastic.
3. Dangerous Visions ed. by Harlan Ellison -- Blew my mind wide open when I read it at 16 and helped me to know and to articulate just how much and in what ways I wanted my life to differ from what I saw around me. I re-read it less than I used to but I still do re-read it.
4. Star Surgeon by Alan Nourse - For being symbolically important as the first actual sf book I ever read. It does not hold up to re-reading as an adult. Sigh.
5. A long ago biography of Anne Boleyn whose title I do not remember but which started me on the never ending fascination of history and biography.