robbybagarelli (robbybagarelli) wrote,

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I guess I'm it.

1. Total number of books I own - A ridiculous number. I swear it's passed the 300 mark. I have whole rooms entirely devoted to book storage. I seriously could give the Terryberry library a run for it's money.

2. Last book I bought - A first Book of Japanese Cooking by Masako Yamaoka. You know, gotta get prepared.

3. Last book I read - The Dark Tower by Stephen King. I read 4 of these books in high school and loved them, and then promptly forgot all about them, since there were still 3 books in the series that hadn't been written yet. Think Harry Potter, but with like 10 years between each book. So, Mr. King has finally gotten around to finishing the series, and my friend from high school recently gave me a copy of part 6. So, I thought I'd give the series another run, this time actually finishing the whole thing.

4. Books that have a special place in my heart - So many, but here's a few.

a) "True or False" by David Mamet. The most concise, inspirational, and down to earth acting guide ever. A must-have for anyone serious about acting.

b) "Alligator Pie" by Dennis Lee. There's a lot of children's books that I could have mentioned (James and the Giant Peach...or really anything by Roald Dahl, Cat in the Hat, The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, the Fighting Fantasy series, any Robert Munsch book, and many, many more, all of which made a definite impression), but this is the one that seemed to stand out. Maybe also because, one day about a week ago, I found a copy of it mysteriously sitting on one of my shelves, and I'm quite sure it hadn't been there before.

c) "I'll Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch. The other children's book that I'll mention. I still can't read this one without bawling like a newborn. A very important book for me and my mother.

d) "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men". The first book I read by my current favourite author, David Foster Wallace. Flat out a brilliant piece of literature.

e) "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". The first book by my other favourite author, Dave Eggers. Actually lives up to the title.

f) "The Evil Dead Companion" by Bill Warren. Not only the complete story of how three of my favourite movies were made, complete with a section written by Bruce Campbell, the greatest man who ever lived...but also an incredibly inspirational 'you can do it too' story of a few guys who got together to make a movie...and succeeded.

g) "Dibs in Search of Self" by Virgina Axline. An incredible stranger-than-fiction story of a boy in therapy. Completely accessible to anyone even if not in the mental health field, and I guarantee you it will leave you with your jaw on the floor.

h) "Lying on the Couch" by Irvin Yalom. A novel written by a psychiatrist which made me excited to be a therapist. Also accessible to anyone.

i) "House" by Daniel MacIvor. Not really a book, per se, but the best play by the best playwright that inspired almost all that I am today.

I went over the five, but so did hammersquirrel.

I would tag someone else, but I only know three people on here, and they've all already gone.
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