The book that’s been on your shelves the longest.
There are quite a few contenders for this one, actually, since I have a few books that I own since I was a child. There’s the beautiful illustrated Regentrude, a fairy tale by Theodor Storm, which I got when I was 6 or 7. There’s a book of Dinosaur stories which my father published when he owned a paper shop and which I got when I was about 5. But there are others, too.
A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time).
There is for example, Don Quixote which I read in the DR Congo and even though I didn’t particularly like it, I read it twice because I couldn’t bring enough books with me to keep me occupied for my entire stay. My “library” there consisted of Don Quixote by Cervantes, The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild and later I got a care package with Boyhood by J. M. Coetzee. There were a few other books which I can’t recall right now.
A book you acquired in some interesting way.
Does amazon count? ;) I bought a few second hand, I got some as a gift, most I got from a bookstore somewhere… I ordered one from Brazil, but there’s nothing really exciting about that, is there? I guess I’m not an interesting shopper.
The book that’s been with you to the most places.
I don’t think that there’s one book that I took to more places than on holiday once or something like that.
The most recent addition to your shelves.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next.
Currently reading: The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
Last read: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Next Read: Not sure yet. I wanted to re-read the Thursday Next series before plunging into the newest book, but I also wanted to read Jane Eyre before reading The Eyre Affair, so I’ll probably do that. But there’s always a billion books I want to read, and I’ve tried doing reading lists to forget nothing, but that rarely works out.