1) How many books do you have?
No idea but let's calculate. I have 34 shelves x 25 books/shelf (roughly) = 850
2) What is the last book you bought?
Buying books one at a time? What a strange idea! Last books bought were:
Terry Pratchett, Wee Free Men
Laurell K. Hamilton, Seduced by Moonlight
3)What is the last book you read?
The last books I finished were: Charles Johnson and Charles Jackson, City Behind a Fence: Oak Ridge Tennessee 1942-1946
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
4) Five books that mean a lot to me.
(1) C. E. W. Bean, The Story of Anzac
Probably Australia's answer to War and Peace is Bean's history of the Great War. The back half - an exhaustive account of Anzac Day - isn't an easy read. But this book is what started me thinking about writing on the Great war. If you just want to know about the Great War, however, read his condensed version in Anzac to Amiens.
(2) Bill Rawling, Surviving Trench Warfare: Technology and the Canadian Corps 1914-1918
This book was the inspiration for the Old Thesis. It was Jeff's idea; I hadn't read it at the time. I had a friend in Canada send me a copy. The Old Thesis is this book rewritten to be about the Australians instead. I took issue with some of his conclusions; his Canadian focus had led him astray on a couple of points. Nonetheless, a worthwhile read if you're interested in the Great War.
(3) David H. Ahl, Basic computer games: Microcomputer edition
Before we had the internet, we used to create games by typing them in from listings in books like this one. Back at school, I used to translate them into Fortran and type them in. later, I keyed them into the old bracket-bracket. Got me started in computing, which has proven to an excellent way to pay the bills.
(4) Roland Ruppenthal, Logistical Support of the Armies (2 vols)
This is the inspiration for the New Thesis, although not in anything as direct a way as the Old was inspired by Rawling. There's no direct correlation. More of an idea. it is a great book on the Second World War - a neglected conflict. Such a pity that there is no equivalent books on the war in the Pacific or the Mediterranean. That's about to change, however.
(5) Peter Dennis (ed), Foundations of Victory: The Pacific War 1943-45
This has my own first appearance in print.