Bookshelf Tag (no tags)

imageA couple of weeks ago Evelyne Holingue introduced me to the Bookshelf Tag in her wonderful French/English blog. She didn’t tag me, but I love books and I thought that I could have fun with this. Of course, I was slow to take up the challenge and Jolene Mottern took some of the snarky steps I might have taken. So, if my post looks like hers, it’s not plagiarism, it’s great minds thinking alike. In my first apparent theft from Jolene, I’ll go on record about the fact that I’m not going to tag anyone else. I think I did say that in a comment on Evelyne’s blog, maybe even before Jolene. Maybe she stole that from me.

OK, enough about how I got here; there are 10 questions to answer. But, before I answer them, I should tell you that my answers aren’t going to be all literary and classic mentioning bits of wisdom. I read stuff that I find interesting and I like what I like, so here goes:

1 – Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?

Now I’m wondering if I’ve accidentally stepped into a women’s only challenge. I once walked into a Women’s Restroom by mistake and that was unpleasant for all involved. Oh, right, books. Yeah, I’m not a big crying kind of guy. Let’s skip this one.

2 – Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.

Actually, Evelyne’s book “Trapped in Paris” introduced me to Young Adult Fiction. It’s been a long time since I was a young adult. It’s a fun, engaging thriller and I recommend it regardless of age. I am a slow, methodical reader; I read certain books at certain times. I’m reading this book, in small bites, before going to sleep. I will say that it has kept me up a few nights.

3 – Find a book that you want to reread.

From the Twilight Zone.” I read this book so many times in Junior High School, I think I was the only name on the front side of the library card. I started thinking about it after another blog buddy featured some of Rod Serling’s books on Shadow & Substance. I found a copy on eBay and my wife bought it for me. Yeah, she’s an enabler.

4 – Is there a book series you’ve read but wish that you hadn’t?

Like Joey said, there are ones I wouldn’t imageread again, but I’m glad I read them, the books featuring Jack Ryan for example. The question seems a little weird. I mean if I wished I hadn’t read a series of books, I would think I would have stopped reading it. Now I’ll introduce you to the reason I added the disclaimer about literary works. A series that I loved reading and will probably re-read is a 25-year collection of reprints of Popular Mechanics Shop Notes from 1905 to 1930. These were written at a time when men made things and made the things that they made things with.

One of my favorite tips was how to repair a mill’s main shaft. This would be a 6” diameter huge hunk of iron. The shaft broke, and the solution was to “chisel connecting slots on opposite sides of the shaft, insert key-stock in the slot and bind it with a steel band…” Let me just say that “chiseling a slot in iron” is, not, easy.

My second favorite tip is “how to remove a stuck pulley using dynamite.” Seriously, who doesn’t like stuff like that?

5- If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?

OK, first off you would have to add ‘tools’ to family and imagepets. Then I might still put photos and backup drives ahead of books. “The Twenty Elephant Restaurant” would be high on my list because I think it’s out of print and amazon and eBay don’t always have used copies for sale. It’s a fantastic children’s story that my brother gave us when our daughter was born. And, in more ways than one, I resemble the husband in the story.

6 – Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?

There are several: “Miracle at Midway” – I borrowed it from imagea friend so many times that he finally gave it to me. Also,“Hollywood’s Celebrity Gangster, The Incredible Life and Times of Mickey Cohen;” because I met my friend Brad Lewis (the author) in the bar at the Cambridge Hyatt and I had wonderful time talking to him that night and again the following evening (more about that in previous post). I should add “The Twenty Elephant Restaurant” because of fun times we had reading it to Faith. And, you can toss in almost all Dr. Seuss books but especially “Green Eggs & Ham” and “The Sneetches”. And yes, that’s my stuffed star-bellied Sneetch. Owning that should make up for my skipping question #1.

7 – Find a book that has inspired you the most.

Wow, that’s hard. I’ve read a lot of inspiring stories. It might seem like a cliché, but I think I would put the Bible ahead of books about General Patton, the battle of Midway and The 20 Elephant Restaurant?

8 – Do you have any autographed books?

I do, but either they aren’t signed to me or they imagearen’t signed by the author. We have a copy of “Great White Doctor” but Brad Lewis signed it and sent it to my wife. I bought him a glass of scotch and I bought a copy of Celebrity Gangster but he signed a book for my wife – go figure. I have a Delta tool maintenance handbook that was signed and given to my dad and my copy of Miracle at Midway is signed by my friend who has since passed away.

9 – Find the book that you have owned the longest.

Warning – repeat answer coming. That little New Testament imagepictured here was given to me in Sunday School, probably before I could read most of it.

10 – Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?

Mythology” by Edith Hamilton. In fact, I would never have read this book if it wasn’t required by my poetry professor. I’m running out of room here but you can read more about that story in an earlier post.

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  1. Glad you played tag :) I would not like to do anything with dynamite, EVER. I don’t even read Evelyne, so no, I could not have possibly copy-predicted your answers. But now that you’ve mentioned her six times, I feel like I should go see what’s up over there. It’s nice you didn’t skip #9 like I did. No one even pointed it out to me. I wonder if people thought I did it on purpose or somethin…

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    1. I couldn’t resist taking a shot. I was going to skip #9 but I stumbled on that Bible when I was looking for one of the other books I wanted a picture of. One look at the address told me that it was from when I was between 6 and 9 years old. I’m not sure they had books before that. As for the dynamite, I’m sure I wouldn’t be allowed to do it, but to think of a time when that was an acceptable thing to share with the people in your industry. It’s amazing to me. Thanks!

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      1. Have you seen the movie Elizabethtown? If you have, then you know I’m referring to dynamite as a doubly useful tool, but if not, I recommend you watch it. If you refuse to watch it, I may be forced to Google-link you a video. lol
        I didn’t skip it on purpose. I’m not good with numbers ~lakka lakka!

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  2. This was a fun read. A bit of insight into how your mind works from a different angle. One of my son-in-laws loves making things and making the things you make things with. He’s currently working on making saw handles for various saws he wants to make. You two would hit it off well. I’ll have to pass on the Popular Mechanics Shop Notes to him. He’d also love the dynamite thing, although I’ll discourage that. Thanks for pointing out a couple new blogs to check in on. I’m always looking for good writers to read.

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  3. Interesting. Though i might not make it past the first question. The title ‘twenty elephant restaurant’ has already been upgraded to forty… sorry. Sounds like an exciting book. I just hope there is no inspiration to play garden tag. Of course i will either have to change the first question or go with onions…. and yes popular mechanics belongs on the shelf.

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  4. Ok Here goes.
    1. Never going to cry over a book – sorry.
    2. One book for a new genre – David Eddings Pawn of Prophecy – intro to Fantasy novels
    3. Book to re-read – I have read David Eddings series about 10 times so far and will read again.
    4. Book series I wished I hadn’t read. Jackson Bentley City thrillers – started well and ended up rubbish!
    5. What book would I save – 20 Elephants (Dan’s wife Muriel bought it for me) and Model Railroads by Frank Ellison (also bought by Muriel)
    6. Fond memories. The Road Past Mandalay by John Masters – perfect book about his experiences with the Chindits in Burma WWII. Met a man who served with him.
    7. Most Inspiring. Model Railroads by Frank Ellison. read it aged 10 and still read it aged 69 and still building US model railroad!
    8. Autographed book. I have a Map of Ankh Morpork signed by Terry Pratchet (DiscWorld series) and (not a book) but an LP – the World of Buddy Bolden – signed by Humphrey Lyttleton
    9. Owned the longest – the Road Past Mandalay.
    10. Never Imagined – Anne Perry – thought books were for women. Read nearly 40 of hers re: Crime in Victorian London

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  5. I am also a slow, methodical reader, and I never forget a book that I’ve read. Hell, I even remember the characters vividly after several years. And, lately, your own blog posts return to me long after I’ve read them. Cheryl’s too. My brain, I think, likes to cling on things by itself.
    And I appreciate that you think The Bible deserves to be topmost of inspirational books. I think it is the best book ever written/compiled. Its contents have historically been abused and perverted, but, read quietly for oneself, it is still the best.
    If I were to answer those questions, I think I’d blunder. If my house were on fire, for example, and everybody had been saved, I’d want to rush back, grab my entire bookshelf, and toss it out regardless. But that’d be impossible considering the size.
    Have a great weekend, Dan.

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  6. Thanks Petere. I am the same way with books and stories that I’ve read. I sometimes lose track of who wrote them, but good writing and interesting characters remain in my brain. I am still reminded of “The Pencil” each time I see one, for example. I’ve saved so many books, I’ve moved them from place to place, from coast to coast (twice) and I still can’t toss them out. Even my Chemistry text books from the early ’70s remain on my bookshelf.

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  7. I’d be much more impressed with your quotes from Popular Mechanics if you could show us your video of successfully (or not) removing a stuck pulley using dynamite. Just sayin’ – picture worth a thousand words :-)

    Have accumulated yet another book list from you, Evelyne, elizabeth and Jolene. I love having book lists on paper around the house; in the car arm rest compartment; and on my I-pad. Occasionally I sit and peruse the lists – sometimes as satisfactory an hour as actually reading a book.

    Ordered Evelyne’s Trapped in Paris from Amazon along with a few other blogger authors’ books. Look forward to reading it.

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    1. Alas, my wife won’t let me use dynamite. She won’t even let me order the flame-thrower like hand torch for removing weeds. I know why the guy used it though, I’ve had to remove stuck parts before that seemed to defy all mechanical means. Stopping every now and then to just read something fun is a real joy. Thanks for stopping by.


  8. Dan, I read this post over the weekend, but got side tracked and didn’t respond. You are a versatile writer – I like that I am always learning something new from your posts. I’m going to take on this “tag”, however, I won’t write about it. Thanks for the idea to reflect on my reading journey.

    I’ll get to your other posts later :)

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  9. Finally taking the time to check your bookshelf, Dan. Thank you for linking to my blog and book. That’s nice of you. Of course, I smiled at the fond memories of Dr. Seuss’s books. I still have all of them at home too.


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