Can you imagine a world without books?

Reading I am very late to a meme that started in early November.  My pre-vacation prep and time away just kept me from getting to this.

I was tagged by both Cam Beck and Phil Gerbyshak — both avid readers and among my favorite bloggers.  Speaking of favorites — if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I really love books. I love listening to them, reading them, and being surrounded by them.  (Check out my bookshelves!)

You can learn a great deal about a person by discovering what books they read and love.  That’s the goal of this meme.  Let’s jump in.

How many books do I own?

Geez, I have no idea.  The house is filled to the gills with books and we probably have 4 or 5 bookshelves at work too.  So suffice it to say, many, many books!

Last book I read

Join the Conversation by Joseph Jaffe AND I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason by Susan Kandel.

Last book I bought

Not counting holiday gifts (I love to give books!) it was Now and Then by Robert B. Parker.

What I’m currently reading

I have several books going right now.  Now and Then (see above), Herd by Mark Earls and Lead With Your Heart by Lewis Green.

What I’ll read next

On the road, I am getting ready to start Bad Business by Robert B. Parker (audio book), and the next two books in the pile are The Inside Advantage by Robert H. Bloom and The Watchman by Robert Crais.

What’s on my wish list

The list is, as always, bulging.  But a couple that top the list are Walt’s People: Talking Disney with the Artists Who Knew Him by Didier Ghez and Juicing the Orange by Pat Fallon.

5 Meaningful Books (for me)

   1. Odd Girl Out (Rachel Simmons)
   2. Still Life with Woodpecker (Tom Robbins)
   3. Radical Leap (Steve Farber)
   4. Selling the Invisible (Harry Beckwith)
   5. The Journey of Desire (John Eldredge)

Okay, tag time….(I apologize if you have already been tagged, I know I’m late to the party!)

Chris Wilson
Tim Johnson
Tom Vander Well
Liz Strauss
Tara

14 comments on “Can you imagine a world without books?

  1. Awesome stuff Drew! You are right on time my friend!

    You’ve shared some books I’ve never heard of, which says a lot for I read nearly as much as you.

    You know I love Farber, and Harry Beckwith is great too. Still more to learn, and you’ve given me another great jumping off point!

    Thanks for playing along and sharing your smarts with us. Safe travels!

  2. The Kaiser says:

    Howdy! That’s awesome stuff Drew.

  3. Cam Beck says:

    Hey… This is great, Drew. Thanks for playing! For some reason I doubt that I’d be able to keep up with your reading discipline, but it’s always good to know what sort of info is going into your head. 🙂

    I recently started a Shelfari account to keep track of and share my reading lists. I’ll let you know how it works out, but it looks pretty cool on the face of it.

  4. Lewis Green says:

    Drew,

    Wow! It’s hard to believe my little book is among those you are reading. Thanks! When Kay and I moved from Seattle to a neaby suburb, we donated more than a 1,000 books to our local library. That reduced our count by half. So by our estimation, we moved from Illinois to Seattle with about 1,500 books.

    Today, I would guess our shelves hold about a 1,000 books, most of which have been read at least once. (When we moved from Greater Seattle to New England, we gave away close to another 1,000.

    In Seattle, we lived with a few miles of some fabulous writers, including Tim Robbins. I am a fan of Robert Parker, as well, but these days much of my reading is political satire, history and business books. I need to get back to fiction, especially Tom Clancy and Robert Ludwig.

  5. Lewis Green says:

    Typos galore. I should not post comments on Mondays, which are rushed always. That would be within a few miles of Robbins and Ludlum not Ludwig. And please close my parenthetical statement. Geez. Back to work!

  6. Drew – great list. But you are SOOOOO busted on the RSS front… I did this post last week!

    Thanks for sharing your responses!

  7. Phil,

    The good news for all of us is — there’s no shortage of great books out there. Sadly, just a shortage of hours in the day!

    But, I’ll gladly keep chugging along, book by book!

    Drew

  8. Cam,

    I have to say, the audio book addition to my reading time has really expanded my ability to take in new books. It also makes commute time go by in a blink!

    I have a shelfari account too. My problem is I forget to add new books. One of these days we’ll figure out a way to get it all done!

    Drew

  9. The Big K —

    I’d love to see what books are on your “just read” list!

    Drew

  10. Lew,

    Your little book is packed with some big ideas. Ideas that I wholeheartedly agree with. I’m enjoying it very much.

    It sounds like you and Kay are serious book lovers. I don’t know about you, but they’re among my favorite gifts to give.

    I try to blend the business and pure pleasure books. It keeps my reading and mind fresh. Nothing like blending a little murder with marketing!

    Drew

  11. Tim,

    I don’t suppose you’d buy the parallel universe excuse, eh?

    LOL! Okay, busted. I jumped back into reading current stuff this weekend, but I still haven’t gone back and read what I missed.

    The good news is…you can jot this down and then give yourself the thrill of crossing it right off the To Do list!

    Drew

  12. BizBox says:

    Drew –

    Bob Bloom will actually be leading a conversation on his strategy on Friday at 3 pm on BizBox on Slate.

    Feel free to check it out here:

    http://bizbox.slate.com/

  13. Domain Check says:

    Geez, I have no idea. The house is filled to the gills with books and we probably have 4 or 5 bookshelves at work too. So suffice it to say, many, many books!

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