Book Blogger Appreciation Week went on for years, went on hiatus, and has now come back, so this is the first I've heard of it. And while I do think it's stretching it to say that we should appreciate book bloggers for all the hard work they do (write a book blog because it's fun; stop when it isn't; don't spend money on it that you can't afford; don't try to turn it into your day job), I thought it would be fun to talk about books this week!
And while I'm a day late to the party, I missed the interview sign-ups so I'll be skipping day 2 anyway. So I guess that means I'm on track?
|Courtesy of The Estella Society|
Day 1: Introduce yourself by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle.
There are so many! First out of the gate is always and forever Walden, even if it's perennially used to foster a political agenda at odds with my own. Thoreau taught me that it was okay to be weird. Not surface-level manic pixie dream girl weird, but really and fundamentally different.
Of course, this was coming from a guy who grubbed free meals off his friends ("friends") whenever he could and was the world's most hanger-on-y house guest (just ask Emerson), so maybe he should have toned down his weirdness and cared a little more about what other people were thinking. Still, he resonated very much with teenage me.
Next I would have to say The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. By now it's a geek cliche (and I won't disagree that some of Douglas Adams's fans are insufferable and obnoxious), but it's one of the few books I've been able to read and read again, maybe four or five times?, and still been able to enjoy. This is high praise; I typically don't reread often, except in different languages or years apart. But Hitchhiker stays fresh every time, at least up until Life, the Universe, and Everything.
There exists, somewhere, senior high school portraits of me posing with these two books. You were allowed to bring a number of items in as props (so people brought musical instruments or sports paraphernalia or what have you). I just brought these books.
Taking a break from favorite books to most often referenced books, I would have to say Schumann's Gemstones of the World. If you're at all interested in gemstones, this is the most important book you can have. My copy is in the US right now, but it's a "high priority, relocate as soon as possible" book. I always refer to it for my geo-shopping and birthstones pieces; part of the reason I've been so lax on those recently is because I don't have Schumann at hand.
|Courtesy Robert Hale, Ltd.|
|Courtesy Kristian Bjornard|