1) Total number of books owned?
Ummm.... Can't say exactly, I stopped counting after one thousand.... Should be running in the 1.6-1.8 K gradient as of now.... Not too sure though....
2)The last book I bought?
Michael Chrichton - "State of Fear"
3) The last book I read?
Isaac Asimov - "Robots of Dawn" (6'th re-read! Someone, lend me a book.... I'm re-reading my favourites, I'll run into the not-so-great ones and then, I'll be desperate for new material!)
4) 5 books that mean a lot to me?
Isaac Asimov - (The Entire Foundation Saga/Series)
[This man, to me, is the greatest Science-Fiction legend to have ever lived. He's known as the Grandfather of SF, and in my opinion, he definitely deserves the title. The abstract beauty with which he brings an entirely new galaxy of detail into believable reality is astounding, to say the least. In me, he's found a rigid fan and follower. He had more insight into human psychology and behavior than anyone in this field ever did before him, or has come so far after him.]AE van Vogt - "Voyage of the Space Beagle"
[Van Vogt coined the word "nexialism" in this book, and the elaborately ease with which he brings the story to flow forward and backward like it was merely a coaxial stream is riveting. The first time I read this book, I was only eight years old. Today, when I read the book, I don't feel bored, I am always struck with a sense of wonder at his ability to entertain!]Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton, Edward Hutchings - "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
[Ah! Feynman.... Now this is one seriously great man! He won the Nobel Prize for his work in Physics. The famous 'Feynman Drawings' made nuclear physics a whole lot more entertaining, but at the same time, a whole lot more under control.... This book about his personal life, as disassociated from physics as possible, is a brilliant insight into a wonderful, beautiful, loving mind. If only he was still alive, I'm sure, we'd have a lot to learn from him, as we still do, past his stay on Earth.]Gary Zukav - "The Dancing Wu Li Masters"
[Here's a kiddie walk through the world that is, and the word that we believe it is.... This book does'nt tell you what you need to know or what you should know, instead, it tells you what you know.... Fascinating, it grabs you by the scruff and shows you those tiny little corners you never dreamed you'd go alone.... Brilliant!]John L. Casti - "Paradigms Lost"
[Casti writes this book in a style that's unmistakably shocking to the normal reader. He debates various questions and brings in a huge list of scientific greats to fight each side of the motion. In the end, he does'nt tell you what is true or false, He merely lets you decide for yourself, the motion you wish to support. Truly insightful!]Nelle Harper Lee - "To Kill a Mocking Bird"
[One of the first and few American Classics, For those of you who've read this book, and I'm sure most of you have, I need not say more than just "Childhood, I miss it!"]