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Replied to Some books that mean a lot to me, taking another run at a blogging meme from 2005 by Matt Webb (Interconnected)

So waaaaaay back (before you was born, dude, when life was great) blogs used to be social media, like Twitter only less angry, and we had MEMES.

And yes I participated.

That post above is one in which you had to answer:
How many books do you own?
What is the last book you bought?
What is the last book you read?
What are 5 books that mean a lot to you?

I’m a joiner! I’ll answer book questions any day! 

How many books do you own?

  • Physical books: one bookcase + two boxes of overflow comics – mostly art books, comics, and reference – I used the single bookcase as my limit for years, aggressively donating books to make room for new, but started buying a lot more books during the pandemic and really need to get a second bookcase…
  • Ebooks: I’ve tagged 267 books as “owned” on my Kindle

What is the last book you bought?

  • Fiction: Illuminations by T. Kingfisher (in e-book), who is an auto-buy for me
  • Non-fiction: pre-ordered Chris Bailey’s How to Calm Your Mind – I liked his first two books a lot
  • Art book: There and Back by Jimmy Chin – he takes great photos and I’ve also been enjoying the interesting adventure stories interspersed through the book

What is the last book you read?

  • Fiction: re-read His at Night by Sherry Thomas
  • Non-fiction: re-read the writing book 2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron
  • Art book: Justina Blakeney’s Jungalow

What are 5 books that mean a lot to you?

  1. How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell – this book inspired me to start a year long art project/ business
  2. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach – I would never reread this and expect I would have problems with it today, but seventeen year old me was quite taken by the idea of creating a new world that valued ecology – I’m still into bioregional thinking, with my blog even called Cascadia Inspired
  3. Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare – this is the first romance novel I tried reading, which made me realize I’d been blindered by prejudice about the romance genre and opened up an entire new world of stories centered on emotional growth and connection — and now I write romance!

Meaningful is not quite the right word for some other books that have had an impact on me, so I’m pivoting to another variation on this question:

What books have been especially influential to your thinking?

  1. Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin – this influenced my perspective on money and work and was my entre into the world of FIRE (along with Mr. Money Mustache)
  2. Story Genius by Lisa Cron – this helped me understand storytelling much better than any writing book I’d read before, and brought my storytelling to another level
  3. Orality and Literacy by Walter Ong – I read this in my freshman year of college and still come back to this concept of oral and written culture constantly, nearly twenty years later

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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