The Book Club Tag

Here’s my response to Major Tom’s request.

What’s in a book?

Ideas, theories, observations, stories and experiences that provide entertainment and stimulate our minds to amass , process and retain information, wander and foray into the unknown and formulate our own ideas and perceptions about life and the world around us.

Number of books on the shelves:

I have a medium shelf in the office/reading room adjacent to my bedroom and a big shelf in my home office at the basement. 70% percent of my books are information technology literature, engineering books and manuals and 30% are novels, books about religion, theology and science.

Those that I own or bought:

I bought all my books except those that were given by my employer. I am not a bookworm by any means and in fact I have been reading more magazines than books lately. With the proliferation of DVD’s, I kinda quit on reading novels and spy thrillers. I am more interested nowadays in politics, religion, theology, philosophy and science and the overall relationship of science with spirituality.

The two great books I lost when I moved to my house were Why I am not A Christian and A Free Man’s Worship both written by philosopher Bertrand Russell.

Here are some books in my collection worth mentioning.

Religion/Theology :

Was Canada Ever Christian? by Brian Stilwell ( autographed by author)
Growing in the Life of Faith by Daniel Dykstra
A Big Enough God by Sarah Maitland
Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul by Jack Canfield
The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception by Michael Bigent
Messianic Legacy by Michael Bigent

Management :

HARMONY – Business, Technology
And Life after Paperwork by Arno Penzias
Working With Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
The Joy of Stress by Peter Hanson
The Art of Japanese Management by Richard Tanner Pascale

Politics :

The Real War by Richard Nixon
Fundamentals of Scientific Communism by Victor Afanasyev
AMERICA : What Went Wrong by Donald Bartlett
The Age of the Common Millionaire by Robert Heller
Vietnam by Shelley Karman

Science :

CHAOS : Making a New Science by James Gleick
The Whole Shebang by Timothy Ferris
Billions and Billions by Carl Sagan
Exploding the Gene Myth by Ruth Hubbard
The Fate of the Earth by Jonathan Schell
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Carl Sagan

Novels :

A Friend of my Youth by Alice Munro
The Gold Coast by Nelson Danielle
The General and His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

My favorite science magazine : DISCOVER (
My favorite science website :

The Sevens

Seven Things That Scare Me

1. Religious zealots
2. Berserk people
3. Swimming beside an ocean liner
4. wicked roller coasters
5. Drug junkies
6. formula car racing
7. scuba diving

Seven Things That I Like the Most

1. Playing golf
2. Fishing
3. hunting
4. vacationing to places I have never been
5. sex ( ugh)
6. satisfaction from my job
7. family gatherings

Seven Important Things in My Bedroom

1. The alarm clock
2. The rocking chair
3. The TV/DVD/VCR system
4. The telephone
5. The ottoman pillows on floor
6. The small fridge
7. The wall photos and paintings

Seven Random Facts About Me

1. I am a Pieces
2. I am (almost) a workaholic
3. I head a technology unit for a multinational corporation
4. I am a golf nut
5. I am a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) kinda guy
6. I am a TV addict
7. My personality type is EITP ( Extrovert, Intuitive,Thinking, Perceiving)

Seven Things I Plan to do Before I die

1. Become a scratch ( 0 handicap) golfer
2. Build a house beside a golf course and a lake
3. Get an engineering masters degree
4. Fly a plane by myself
5. See my youngest 3 year old daughter marry
6. start a business when I retire
7. Watch an ELO ( Electric Light Orchestra) concert

Seven Things I can do

1. design and build data/voice networks
2. work long hours
3. blog and read for hours
4. watch TV until morning
5. play golf the whole day
6. drive for hours
7. babysit

Seven Things I Can’t Do

1. do stand up comedy
2. approach a stranger to join my religion
3. gatecrash
4. beg for money
5. depend on others financially
6. like someone who doesn’t fancy me
7. do drugs

Seven Things that Attract Me to the Opposite Sex

1. charisma, charm
2. nice, crisp and well modulated voice
3. daring
4. legs
5. good fashion sense
6. vibrant sense of humor
7. modesty and sincerity

Seven Things You Say the Most

1. What’s up?
2. Geez..
3. What the heck
4. Really?
5. No shit
6. Yeah right
7. Oh – oh

Seven Celeb Crushes (whether local or foreign)

1. Alexis Stewart ( Martha Stewart’s daughter)
2. Beyonce Knowles
3. Michelle Branch
4. Mariah Carey
5. Kristine Hermosa
6. Jennifer Lopez
7. Martina Hingis


17 Responses

  1. Hi Buffwings. What an amazing collection you’ve got. The titles imply that you are so much of a thinker, like a philosopher. I also have great interest in religion that’s why I own a some spiritual books, mostly from preachers who come visiting and giving materials.

    ELO is such a great psychedelic band. Maybe if we have time travel, then you’d be able to see them in concert. Or maybe they’d reunite and revive, like The Eagles.

    Thanks by the way for answering the quiz.

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  3. Thnx Major Tom. Over the years I learned to accept the difference between religion and sprituality. There is some amount of truth to the saying that religion is one of the main reasons for conflict over the centuries now resulting in loss of lives and tremendous pain and sufffering to mankind.

    As for ELO, the band got back together after 17 years, cut an album called ZOOM and did a reunion concert in Los Angeles in 2001. Jeff Lynne, the singer, composer, arranger for ELO is a terrific artist. George Harrison played guitar for some of the songs in ZOOM . One can almost feel the Harrison sound particularly in the slower songs. The concert is available in DVD and is heck of a treat. ELO music is one of those that make me feel as if I am out on a space walk.

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