hokiegirl1 very kindly asked me to participate in this meme; here are the answers.
Total Number of Books I've Owned: It's next to impossible to estimate this. I have books double-deep on shelves (a row in the back obscured from view by another full row in front of it), and that doesn't even touch the comic book collection. I grew up in a small town, and am old enough to have lived in a time before MTV, cell phones, and the internet: there wasn't a lot to do besides read on quiet nights.
I dream of having a small library one day.
Last Book I Bought: I bought a couple at once: Steven Jenkins' Cheese Primer and Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential (the latter because I need a little pulp now and then).
Last Book I Read: I keep trying to slog through The Watchmen, and I just don't know why it's not engaging me. By all rights, I should've finished it three times by now. I have no idea why it's not drawing me in. I also ducked into Nigella Lawson's Feast a bit while I was taking care of my Mom.
Five Books that Mean a Lot/I'd Recommend: Almost anything by Neil Gaiman, but if you can find "Hold Me," an issue of Hellblazer that he did, that's a particular favorite. I also like his short story "Murder Mysteries." Lord of the Rings, of course: it's one of the few books I've re-read numerous times. I also enjoyed Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time epic despite its flaws, but I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. In the "strictly entertainment" category, I generally enjoy Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's collaborations: it's fiction, but it's typically well-researched fiction.
It's not fiction, but I can honestly say that Type Talk changed my life a bit by helping me understand why I am different. I also have a non-fic interest in epidemiology, but it's not the sort of thing I generally recommend to others because most people find the results of infections to be disgusting rather than academically interesting. And yes, I do still want a plushie Ebola. :)
For book recommendations, my best, most trustworthy resource is my friend lexmaniac, who likely won't even see this post because he's reading something good. I've enjoyed every book he's recommended, particularly The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye and The Wrestler's Cruel Study.
Tag Five People and Have Them Post This on Their LiveJournals: I'd enjoy responses from any of you. One of the first things I do when I visit someone for the first time is peruse their bookshelf, because I always enjoy discovering people's literary preferences.