Timothy Johnson called me out on books I read, own, consume, etc. Guess its better than 5 things nobody else knows about me other than God and the government, so here goes...:)
I spend a lot of time traveling, so I read quite a bit on airplanes or listen to audiobooks in the car. I'm very fortunate to live in the Portland, OR area, where we have the awesome Powell's City of Books (their other locations here are fabulous also) and since I travel through Minneapolis a lot, the Simply Books stores at the MSP airport are good for a fix before my flights.
Number of books I own: hundreds. Best guess is probably 500-600, although I could probably ditch 50-100 or so that deal with outdated technology (like Windows NT or Oracle 7). Haven't gotten around to that particular purge just yet...:)
Book I Last Read: Alan Greenspan, The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World. The first part is an autobiography of this fascinating man, and the second part reveals his vision of the global economy going forward. In addition to his commentary on various political figures of his day (particularly Richard Nixon), he reveals his thought and deduction processes, which are substantial. I've always admired this guy, and the book makes him look even more awesome.
Last Book I Purchased: Roizen & Oz, You: Staying Young: The Owners Manual for Extending Your Warranty. The big 5-0 is approaching, and I bought this on a trip a few weeks back and thumbed through it on a flight. Looks like the upcoming New Years resolutions will be framed nicely....:)
My 5 Most Meaningful Books: Other than the Bible, this is a really tough one since there are so many to choose from a diverse list of topics. I tend to gravitate toward works that display a counterintuitive bent, such as Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable and, since I work in IT, Fredrick Brooks' The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering has guided my thinking for years. I have found the works of Peter Drucker to have also had profound influence. As Dr. Drucker was a very prolific writer, it's hard to find a single volume that delivers the essence of his messages, but the compilations are a good start, and I'll count that as two books...:)
Most Favorite Obscure Book: Elliott Jaques, Requisite Organization: The CEO's Guide to Creative Structure and Leadership. I got a heads-up on this guy's work from the effusive praise given by Michael Raynor in his book The Strategy Paradox: Why Committing to Success Leads to Failure. While Jaques is obscure (a lot of his work is out of print and hard to find), the guy is spot-on (and ahead of his time) on organizational structure and leadership. I've had good luck finding his works on Amazon through the third-party sellers.
Although I respond to tags, I'm not much of a tagger myself, so the branch of the food-chain on this one is going to be left hanging...:)