Being Tagged about Books

My Reading

I love books and read all the time. Like most poets, I read a lot of poetry. I err to the side of nonfiction. Always have. But I am reading more fiction now.

Total Number of Books Owned

Never counted them. Not as many as the library, but I own many books. I estimate there are a thousand books in my downstairs library. Probably should give more away once I read them.

Last Book Bought

  • Bottled Butterfly by Penny Lauer. It’s her first book and I found it a delightful story.

Last Book Read

  • Bottled Butterfly mentioned above. It’s set in Newark, Ohio in the 1930s and 1940s. A feeling type book that takes me back to my childhood. Not as far back as the 30s and 40s, but back to the 50s and 60s in small town Ohio.
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. First written in 1937. It’s a metaphysical book about the law of attraction and how to get more money and whatever else you want to flow into your life.
  • The Bible by several known and unknown authors. It was a required reading for my current course on Understanding the Bible with Culver Nelson, D.D. Nelson teaches religion at Pacific School of Religion.
  • Reading the Bible Again for the First Time by Marcus Borg. It is a highly informative and valuable book about the historical-metaphorical approach to the Bible. This is a required read for my Understanding the Bible course.
  • Physics of the Soul by Amit Goswami. It is required reading for my course with Dr. Goswami on the Physics of the Soul. The book is about how quantum physics offers new and exciting insights into the soul and reincarnation. Goswami teaches physics at the University of Oregon.
  • The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo. It is required reading for my course with Dr. Obadiah Harris on the Stages of Spiritual Growth. The book is is about the evolution of consciousness and the cosmos.

Five Meaningful Books (Actually Seven)

  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Read in senior English in high school)
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (Read first in high school)
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (Read first my freshman year in college)
  • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (Given to me as a high school graduation present)
  • Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley (Read first in a college advanced philosophy seminar)
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki (Read first in the early 1990s)
  • The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (1960) (Read first in my early college days)

Aurora Antonovic tagged me.

I am tagging:

Andrew Lockhart
Nasra Al Adawi
Dan Shimp
Gautami Tripathy
Pat Paulk