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09 June 2011 @ 09:58 am
Book Meme  
04. The book that’s been on your shelves the longest.

I actually still have a lot of my books from childhood, and back when I had an actual bookcase and not just a lot of boxes here and there, I had them out with all my other books.  He-Man and Duck Tales were the big two.  If you want to talk about actual, like, books I've purchased myself, then probably the Anne of Green Gables series. 

05. A book you acquired in some interesting way.

I have about a dozen books on ancient Egypt.  A co-worker of my Dad's had them, and was either weeding his book collection or was no longer into Egypt, and my dad mentioned that I love Egypt, so he gave them to me.  The coolest one is really, really old.  It's like, turn of the 20th century or so - before the discovery of Tutankhamen.  There's just a brief paragraph in his entry, and a lot of question marks - it's pretty cool.

06. A book with a story for you, that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time).

The first thing that popped into my head was Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos, which I read the summer I lived by myself in Austin.  I was just taking a History of Italian Art class that ended after one month (we had it every day like in high school - it was kinda neat), and I interned at Austin City Limits twice a week.  It was so hot I rarely left my apartment, and I ended up getting kind of depressed because I just sat in the same two rooms nearly every day.  I did read this series for the first time that summer, though.  There's a monster in the first two books called the Shrike, and that thing CREEPED ME OUT.  There were one or two nights where I woke up and was sure someone (or something?) was in my apartment, as one does.  
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Holly: Stock - Books stackedhollywobbles on June 9th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Duck Tales! Woo-oo!

I've always found ancient Egypt interesting, but you obviously know a lot more about it than I do. I should read up more on it. Old books are wonderful -- I just love the smell for goodness sakes. The tangible feel of paper is part of why I haven't switched to an ereader yet.
Shannon: bsg oath goodbyekungfuwaynewho on June 10th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
I used to know a lot about Egypt; it's been a good decade since I've really felt like I had a good deal of info right there in my brain. It was supplanted by ancient Rome, LOL.

I love books, absolutely, but my ereader does come in handy sometimes. For starters, it's brill to read fanfic on.
a universal sigh: DW - Jack - consternationnaushika on June 9th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know they made He-Man and Duck Tales books. AWESOME.

Ooh, that old book about Egypt sounds awesome. I have a similar type of book about space facts, written before anyone landed on the moon. It's like NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THE SURFACE OF THE MOON IS LIKE! ALSO MARS HAS A LOT OF CANALS ON IT. Haha. It's funny to read.
Shannon: tng bev identity crisiskungfuwaynewho on June 10th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I have like at least seven or eight He-Man books! And oh, Lord, my Duck Tales sticker book. I actually got most of the stickers; I should see if there's any on eBay, LOL.

I want your space book! Every time I'm at a used bookstore I look for old books like that, but anymore it's just, like, random not-that-old crap.