Cranky Professor Sends a Meme
I've been resisting memes lately, but when the Cranky One, who is one of my oldest friends, passes one on, I must perforce respond.
Total Number of Books I've Owned: Ever? I have no idea. I had books at my mother's, many of which have been snagged by my neice and nephew and books in boxes left at my dad's, which he may have given away by now ... When I moved back from Germany, soon-to-be-XADH guilted me into getting rid of about 10 boxes of books, "you'll never need" -- well, no, not if I weren't going to be an academic! Now I find I really need a lot of them, and am having to spend even more money to replace them. Grump. But let's say it's still under a thousand, mostly because I use libraries A Lot, and have never been one to buy books unless I know I'll use them again.
Last Book I Bought: Not counting books in transit from B&N (The Academic Self and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell), Simon MacLean's Kingship and Politics in the Late Ninth Century, Alexander Murray's From Roman to Merovingian Gaul, and Paul Dutton's Carolingian Civilization and Charlemagne's Courtier. Yes, all on the same day at AHA.
Last Book I Read: fiction: re-read Darkover Landfall; non-fiction -- besides catching up on journals and re-reading my thesis? Ruiz and Winks, Medieval Europe and the World, which I will not be adopting.
Five Books that Mean a Lot to Me: Like Cranky Prof., I'm not sure -- what day of the week? Today, I say ...
- Jane Austen, Persuasion. It's my favourite of all her books, followed possibly by Mansfield Park
- Ronald Syme, The Roman Revolution, because it is just so good
- The Aeneid,especially book four
- Codex Diplomaticus Fuldensis and Annales Fuldensis. I could not do my work without them.
- To Kill A Mockingbird because it may be perfect, and it's always good.
I'm tagging New Kid and Sharon for this one! I'd tag more of you, but I have to let them have victims, too!
Ooh! Ooh! Just got an e-mail from Rural State U -- Phone interview next week!!!!