I was tagged! By Yogamum! And just in time, too as I was about to throw my computer on the ground in frustration and stomp all over it.
Ah, document formatting in Microsoft Word can be OH SO FUN. Grumble.
But back to the meme.
Total number of books?
I’ve tried to cut back recently. I went through the shelves and literally gutted them a few months ago when we moved. I must have donated close to 200 books to the city library. But I have about 170 books left on the shelves, as well as maybe 150 in storage, about 30 piano books also in storage, and 40 cookbooks in the kitchen cupboard or next to my bed (I read cookbooks at night sometimes). I think maybe 10% of my books on the shelves are about wine, 15% are about food or food politics, 15% are words, grammar, and writing, and the remaining are fiction and/or memoirs.
Last book read?
For fun or for work? I guess they tend to overlap eachother, actually. Well, most of the time. I just finished Napa, The Story of an American Eden by James Conaway. This was a great book, and if you’re intrigued at all by California wines or California history or even city planning and agricultural preservation, I’d give this one a go. At the moment, I’m juggling 4 books. We don’t have television, but just like sometimes I’m in the mood for drama and sometimes I want comedy, I read my books depending on my mood these days. High Trust Selling by Todd M. Duncan is my least favorite, but it’s helping me with the new job. I’m not a natural salesperson, but I am good with relationships. So that’s something. Great Wine Made Simple by Andrea Immer Robinson is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn more about wine, regardless of your current knowledge level. She also sets up some pretty fun tasting guides that I plan on using for a little Wine Education Club that I’m putting together for a few friends. How To Taste, A Guide to Enjoying Wine by Jancis Robinson is another one I’m putzing through at the moment. It’s a little more geeky, and offers little practices like tasting cream of tartar in water in order to pick up tartaric acid, or apple juice for finding malic acid in wines. Fun stuff for wine geeks.
The “for fun” book I’m currently reading is Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard, the founder and owner of Patagonia. Oh how I wish more successful businesses ran on his principles. Great book. Inspiring. If only I could afford to buy his clothes and support his business model all the time and not only at the semi-annual 40% off outlet prices sale at the outlet in downtown Santa Cruz (aka BEST SALE EVER).
Last book bought?
Bobby Flay’s Boy Gets Grill: 125 Reasons to Light Your Fire!
That was Taylor’s Birthday present, along with a new gas barbecue.
Five meaningful books?
The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay
I read this book about once a year. I’m not sure why I come back to it, but it’s a great reminder that we all have it in ourselves to do powerful and positive things, no matter what challenges we face on a daily basis. The truth is that.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Oh, how this changed the way I look at food. Over night I became obsessed with food miles, monocultures, high fructose corn syrup… Until one day, I walked into a supermarket and just felt absolutely disgusted at the packaging, the marketing, the food product that is so far from nature’s intended food. And now I probably enter a “normal” grocery store once a month at most.
The Practice Manual by David Swenson (from which I pretty much taught myself the Ashtanga sequence several years ago)
I don’t know where I’d be without this book. Well, I’d probably be right here, but I certainly would not be writing this and I’d have to rule out about 15 beloved friends that I’ve met through this practice. Every morning I’d pull out my David Swenson book, set it near my mat, try to remember the opening mantra, and get started.
On Good Land, The Autobiography of an Urban Farm, by Michael Abelman
Again with the food thing, I know. This book prompted me to join a local CSA a few years ago, and that connection to the farmers who grew my food… that was priceless.
I ran out of books. Does this count? It was a part of my daily reading for a long time. And yes, I continue to read some of the blogs on a daily basis. I’m not going to reminisce on how it was compared to how it is now… it is what it is. And I’m absolutely certain that this blog and a few other blogs out there are what have held my practice together. The friends I’ve met through ashtangi.net are in my heart every time I step on to my mat.
Oh, and I’ll follow (OvO)’s lead… come be my friend on Goodreads!