Tagged again. Book Meme

Mental note, don't pick on Cindy at WoodSong or she'll tag you again with yet another meme. This one made me think a little bit. I'll get her back. hehe

I've had a lifelong hate / love affair with books. Through my school years I only read what was required of me. I wasn't into reading books until I was well into my adulthood and became a history buff. My son Ryan is the reader of the family. It's seldom that he's not into a book.

TOTAL NUMBER OF BOOKS I OWN/OWNED
This one I'll only guess at. I've been divorced and lost custody of quite a few. I now own about 400 books but have had about 200 more. I've given away some, but most I've kept. I use to collect books about the Vietnam War, but that's behind me now. I'm now into business and the American Civil War.

FIVE BOOKS THAT HAVE INFLUENCED ME A LOT

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - by Stephen R. Covey -This is not a book to take every idea word for word. I've read it three times, each time getting more out of it. The main two things it did for me were 1) got me more organized 2) it helped set my personal priorities with my family. Being more organized gives me more time with my family and now I take it.

The Greatest Generation - By Tom Brokaw - Reading this book I learned more about my parents generation. My only regret is that my father passed away before I read it. I called my Mom today like I do every Sunday. She was telling me that she was going through some of my Dad's things and came across an envelope full of two dollar bills. My grandma gave my Dad a two dollar bill for his birthday (except when he was away during WWII) since he was 16. He never spent any money she ever gave him. He just saved it.

At The Altar of Speed - by Lee Montville - I was born a redneck and even though I now live over three thousand miles from there now, I'm still addicted to NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt Sr was my driver of choice even before it was cool to be a fan of his.

The God Father Returns - by Mark Winegardner - the Corleone Family lives. I would never condone this type of violence in real life but in fiction, this is the best. The loyalty that the family has for one another is indescribable. It's a guy thing.

Zig Ziglar's Secrets of Closing the Sale - By Zig Ziglar - The bible of salesman of old. However, it's still has a lot of good info for the computer generation. Sometimes I think you need to take a step back and look things over. Most people in upper corporate positions are in their late 50's or older. The young or cockie salesman has no chance.

THE LAST BOOK I BOUGHT

The Eagle Lady - by Cary Anderson - Recently stolen by my wife Ruth. She's an Alaskan landmark that has been stirring up some controversy lately. The Eagle Lady that is, not Ruthie.

THE LAST BOOK I READ FOR THE FIRST TIME

The Eagle Lady. Buy it and not read it?

I'm not tagging anyone. I've noticed that most blogs I visit have been tagged and answered. It took me a few days to answer. I've been busy getting ready for winter and remodeling the spare bedroom into my office.