July 04, 2006


I picked this up from Shoe Fiend, whose Other Shoes are Manolos (Great Blog. Must Read). Since no one would tag me a meme I started a fuckin’ meme meself. This meme is all about books. I love reading. Just give me something that catches my interest and I’ll devour it once and again. It so happens that writing this meme has allowed me to look upon and review my book choices and the hidden meaning behind it. Yea, this is becoming very mysterious and not much interesting. So we’ll skip the mysteries.

01. What is the total number of books you've owned?
  • 150-200
02. What are the last books you bought?
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Simple and Beautiful. I’ve been looking for it since I saw the movie. I searched everywhere, found just one last copy.

  • Lost World by Michael Crichton
    A better sequel to Jurassic Park plus it came real cheap for a Hardback, Rs.50.
03. What is the last book you've read?
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
    Some people ought to accept that Harry Potter is not just for kids. Half Blood Prince is perhaps the best written Harry Potter book till date.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    What can I say; I am inarticulate in describing the beauty of this book.
04. What are you currently reading?
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
    Tyler Durden. Anarchy. Insomnia. Support Groups. IKEA-Nesting Instinct. BLISS!
05. What are the 5 books that have meant a lot to you or that you particularly enjoyed?
  • Faraway Places by Tom Spanbauer
    A taut and brutally told Rites of Passage story. Growing up in 1950s Idaho. Surreal. The writing is beautiful, wound tight.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    See the same in #03.

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The most rich and most beautiful adventure/fantasy ever written.

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Magic and Fantasy as never before.

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
    War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

  • Awaydays by Kevin Sampson
    Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch on Steroids. Yes, I need an extra.
06. What are the 5 book characters that have meant a lot to you or that you particularly enjoyed or relate to?
  • Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
    I want to be Atticus Finch when I grow up. :D

  • Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
    The one from the Dark side.

  • Michael Corleone (The Godfather)
    My favorite Sicilian.

  • Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings)
    The hobbit who became an elf.

  • Jake Weber (Faraway Places)
    I want to perceive life like Jake Weber. Everything is an Illusion. Haji Baba and Geronimo. Read the book to know what I am talking about.

  • Hari and Ryan (Five Point Someone)
    I am kind of like Hari. I want to be Ryan.
07. What book(s) caught your attention but you never had a chance to read?
  • All by Chuck Palahniuk, Tom Spanbauer, Amy Hempel, Hunter S. Thompson (Gonzo)

  • Some by William Shakespeare, Somerset Maugham

  • Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Elder days. Morgoth. Beren and Luthien. Beautiful.

  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
    Even a great movie can't justify a book.

  • A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
    The book most personal and close to the author. Weird story, drug abuse - I love that in a book.
08. What book(s) that you've owned for so long but never read?
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    I just can't read lenghty sentences. Give me some clipped sentences and choruses.

  • Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
    Pinkie, ahem! No can do.

  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
    Blade Runner. Got it for Rs.20. Surreal. Trying.
09. Favorite Reading Spots?
  • Bed/Lying down anywhere
  • CafĂ© (Black coffee and books, just perfect)
10. 5 favorite authors?
  • Tom Spanbauer
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Harper Lee
  • George Orwell
So there it is. Passion is in the details, people. Pushing this meme to Arshiya. Write some, sista.


The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

Nice selection of books. and yes, silmarillion is beautifully poetic.what names.

Syed Asif said...

Yea, its all so beautiful. Some people just can't see the beauty behind the words.

I.Q.bal said...

Never lend your books to others, because they dont give them back. The only boks that i have in my library are the ones that i borrowed from others

Syed Asif said...

Yea, right. Give them back asap. I want that Lost World. BTW, what else have I forgotten. Please refresh my memory.

Rhea said...

The appeal of "To Kill a Mockingbird" is eternal. I adore that book (and the film).

Syed Asif said...

Yes, definitely.

Dusty said...

Yes, Harper Lee's book is one of my favourite. Another favourite one is "Of Human Bondage" by Somerset Maugham. I love this author. I have read both these books aeons ago, but I know I would never mind reading them over and over again.