Literati Baton?

1) Total Number of Books You Own:
If you mean books I own, does that mean that I have had to buy them? Because I haven’t really bought that many books myself, seeing that most books are already available to me. But if you’re asking how many books there are in the house, there are about (actually counted) 6300 books at the moment (+/- 100 books). My dad’s the bookworm, so the books are already available to me. There are 26(?) bookshelfs in my house, and most of the books are thick thick books, which, to me, look unreadable.

2) The Last Book You’ve Bought:
Well, I guess, in a way, it would be The Official SAT Guide. How nice. Along with 2 other SAT revision books. Ordered from amazon.com.

3) The Last Book You’ve Read:
Animal Farm by George Orwell. An interesting read, seeing how… oops, better not give any spoilers to those who haven’t read it yet.

4) Five Books That Mean A Lot to Me:

  • The Bible – Although I haven’t TOTALLY read every single thing in it, it contains so much truth and a lot more!
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams – Quite easy reading, it is a story of a group of rabbits which decide to leave their warren in search of a better place. A story about their adventures, troubles and their rewards. Do read this!
  • The Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength) by C.S. Lewis – A science fiction series, the first two books focusing on the character Ransom, how he was unwillingly captured by two scientists and brought to ‘malacandra’ (mars) and his adventure there, and in the second book, how he was sent by Maleldil (God) to Perelandra (Venus) to face the devil’s agent who was sent to corrupt the young world, and in the third book, concentrating on the happenings on earth (I need to re-read the last book). Lots of insights and philosophical/theological issues (esp. in the 2nd book).
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – I read these years before the movies came out, and I think that they are much better than the movies in their own way (although the movies are nice, too). If you still don’t know the story, It’s about the evil ring of power and the quest of the people of middle-earth to destroy it. [spoiler] What I found interesting about this earth is how the unimportant and small halflings awoke to create history in middle earth, about their strong wills and souls which do not easily bend to evil, yet how even Frodo in the end could not bring himself to destroy the ring, right at the very end. Also read ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Silmarillion’ (which I have not actually read).
  • Flatland by Edwin A Abbott – Just a short book, took me just over an hour to read, but it is a must-read for mathematicians and scientists. A book about a character in a 2-dimensional land, how he was visited by a sphere from the 3rd dimension and how the sphere tried to convince him that a 3rd dimension existed. Also tell a lot on the society of flatland (the 2 dimensional land), how they live, their social structure (although I think women were discriminated in flatland). This book raises many interesting issues on whether more dimensions exist (Perhaps even God is of infinite dimensions? But that is just speculation). Definitely interesting.

I couldn’t possibly fit the books I love into the list above, but hopefully that fits what the baton wants.

As to who I am passing the baton to, I actually have absolutely no idea at all. Perhaps when I think of people I shall post it then?

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