Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Foto Fiesta Finish

This is a twofer, y'all. And no, that's not two bags of reefer.

Rhea over at Texas Word Tangle tagged me with like the best meme EVER. It has to do with books and stuff.

OK, here's the rules:

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, the originator, 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…

5. Make the meme more fun with visuals! Covers of the specific edition you’re talking about, photos of your bookshelves, etc.

Without further digression and hesitations and rules and fodder, here we go:

The books that’ve been on your shelves the longest

Instead of multiple books, I'll give you the one that I KNOW I've had on my shelves since at least the 5th grade.

I love this book. As you can tell, it's been read quite often. Inside, you'll find lots of dog eared pages.

A book that reminds you of something specific in your life

This book was a book that I chose randomly to do a report on for 11th grade English. Little did I know that 14 years later, I would have a discussion with the Irish regarding my life mantra and this book was what tipped me to have the beliefs that I do. Due to a small comment left in a post I did, the Irish was able to walk me back to this book as the start of it all. Who knew? Thanks, Irish. You'll forever be in my heart for that awakening.

A book you acquired in some interesting way

(gift, serendipity in a used bookstore, prize, etc.). one call the cops, but I stole this from my 12th grade English teacher. It has her name signed in the front and all. I had this long discussion with her one day on the Arthurian legend and she brought it in for me to borrow.

I never got around to reading it before the end of the year and she never asked for it. It's gone with me through several moves. Just this past year, I was able to actually break down and read it. And I regret not reading it sooner. I fell in love. It's the history of Merlin. It's amazing. Simply amazing.

The most recent addition to your shelves.

Do you see a theme in my reading material of late? I'm addicted to all things King Arthur.

I just bought this not too long ago and am enjoying the hell out of it. It makes me feel for Morgaine. To see the legend from her eyes.

A book that’s been with you to the most places.

I have to say that this book has gone with me to lots of places. Airports, Disney World, work, Colorado, the backyard, etc....

Hands down, my favorite book in the whole entire world. No contest. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my second favorite. I love that Reepicheep.

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

This is the book that took me away from non-stop fiction reading. I love SNL and had to have this book. I devoured it in like 2 days and it started my obsession with non-fiction. I love reading about the genius that is what makes things big or even that makes things fail.

My current non-fiction obsession is all things Disney. Biography, history of, the making of, etc....

Not surprising, I know.

Here's the bookshelf in my living room behind the front door. I don't file my book in any kind of order. Just random. I also like to put things in my shelves. These are all the books that for some reason or another, I saved.

Most fiction books I donate to the library after reading. This shelf holds my Harry Potters, my Lord of the Rings trilogy plus The Hobbit, my Narnia series, my classics, my Jimmy Buffetts, non-fiction, etc....If you're interested, you can click on the pics to make them larger if you want to see what all I have.

This is the shelf in my bedroom, right next to my bed and behind the bathroom door. It holds other non-fiction and mostly reference books. Plus my elementary and middle school yearbooks. As you can see, it's a little messy right now. I need to organize.

And this....this is the pile of books I still need to read. Mostly fiction, but several non-fiction in there as well. My mom gives me all her books when she's done reading them, hence the all the fiction. There's actually more under the table on the floor. Sigh......just not enough hours in the day.

Now I have to tag 3-5 people.

I want to see the list of books from Captain Dumbass, Irish Gumbo and Pseudonymous High School Teacher. And since MAW begged me in her comments....MAW from Unmitigated!

If you wanna play along, head on over to Candid Carrie's for more Foto fun!


Mama Dawg

25 really cool people who give a rat's patootie:

Middle Aged Woman

Pick me! Pick me! I wanna do this one, too.


Great job on the meme! I love your bookshelves. They look well-filled, colorful and happy. You're a woman after my own heart.

I had that same Grimm Fairy Tales book growing up! And I loved Mists of Avalon. I'm big on reading mythology and Arthurian stuff also.

I knew there was a reason I liked you. lol

Guess what?! My new job requires us to wear badges. SO, I need a lanyard. Guess I need to go lanyard shopping...wonder where I could find some really cool, hand-made ones?! hehe


Cool meme. I remember reading once. It was fun. I should probably get back into reading or my brain is going to slowly wither away and die.


What a fun meme! You need to go read The Hunger Games. You. would. love. it. We have really similar taste in books!

Heinous can never have too many books. Stranger in a Strange Land still holds a place in my heart from college.

Jaden Paige

I wanna do this one too! I love books! What a great meme!

I think I'm going to hijack it over the weekend :P

Mama Dawg

Jaden Paige, go right ahead! It's all yours!


I really enjoyed that. I have a deep appreciation for anyone who loves books. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your book shelves. I agree with Rhea, they look well-filled, colorful and happy.

Fun fact for you, I actually have so many books that I made a book 'wall' in my house. One of my most favorite creations. I will have to share pictures with you.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher

What a great meme! Thanks for picking I need to charge up the digital camera. I think my Friday Foto is going to have to come out on Saturday though, due to a thing called work.

What fun zooming in on your bookshelf. Such an eclectic mix. I saw you have Reviving Opehlia. I read that when Daughter was not much older than LOML. Really helped me understand her world as she went into adolescence. I bought the sequel, true stories of girls. I moved it to my class shelf after my daughter got older and I always have female students selecting it.

Mama Dawg

Yeah, Reviving Ophelia really helped me. I actually bought that out myself when I was a teenager. Based on a recommendation of a therapist. It did help. So much.


That is a great meme.

Swirl Girl

I read the Chronicles of Narnia waaaaay back in 5th grade - I have a boxed set ...loved them so much I saved them for my 'children' who I didn't even have or plan to have when I was in 5th grade. The books pages are yellowed and crackly. That's how old they are.

My 9 year old has read them all now as well.


You've got some great books on your shelf. Can I stop by and borrow one?

Candid Carrie

You've got great books. I didn't know about the Live from New York book. Twofer Reefer, very funny ;)



OK...what the F? Why the freak do you have so many books?! I have like 3 and I've only read 1. then again it takes me about a year to read a book...I need audio books!

Captain Dumbass

When I started reading this I was hoping you were going to pick me! Thanks GFMD! Freak. I have to finish that damn tattoo post first though or I'm never going to get it done. I'm doing this though.

Veggie Mom

Wow, you're quite the reader! I'm glad Rhea passed this meme along...she got it from moi. I've read several of your selections, including the SNL book-twice! My favorite SNL cast member? Gilda Radner, natch.


ThatManILove says I have to work because he couldn't keep me in books otherwise. Love your collection!


holy crap thats a lotta books! glad you didnt tag me cuz i got like... two. :(


Hiya from SITS! Just popped by to say congrats on winning that Keurig. May it bring you much joy & great coffee! ;)

Oh, and I haven't read The Mists of Avalon - but it looks good! I'll head down to Borders to get my copy later! ;)


All of your books are beautiful!! It's almost like stepping into my own house, right down to content!


morgana went thru her fair share of bullshit, trust you me. she gets a bad rap. homegirl wasn't all bad. she tried her best. kinda hard when you get screwed over, ya know?

my bookshelves look the same. i have three in my living room... take up the entire wall. i have boxes and boxes just waiting to be read or reread. i am a book whore. not gonna lie. :)


That really is the coolest meme ever!
You did a great job too!
I must admit, my shelves look so much like yours. I had to fix one just today that had a shelf finally give up after 2 years of holding hardbacks. I think I'm just too mean to my shelves. :(


Ack! You're a bookworm, too! LOVE IT!! And...I did the same meme from A Striped Armchair. It's in my January archives. Swing by my place and take a looksee!


I'm gonna read Stranger in a Strange Land. While school is out, I am on a mission of enlightenment. As well as a mission to finish painting, cleaning, organizing, etc. :-)

You have even more books than we do. Amazing!

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