Monday, June 02, 2008

Me, too.

Ever the copycat, I am borrowing this book meme. Which is, here's a bunch of books picked by someone else (it's the "Top 100 Books Marked as Unread" on Library Thing), and I am telling you that:
  • I read the bolded ones,
  • I read the underlined ones, but I read them for school, and
  • I only started but did not finish the italicized ones.
Books without formatting I did not read at all.

All that said, I am not sure what this demonstrates. Like that other list--the even longer one--this list is partly "sure, that makes sense to be on a list of agreed-upon books" and partly "what? why that and not this?" But I do sort of enjoy this kind of thing, because it reminds me of things like, I really want to read Love in the Time of Cholera and I might want to tackle a monumental gap, like Moby-Dick or most of Virginia Woolf.

So: whatever. I've read books, some books, some of them because I was told to and some of them because I wanted to. As a side note: no poetry on here except Homer, which just goes to show that people read so little poetry that it doesn't even show up as a phenomenon like "I bought this book but I haven't gotten around to reading it." Yes, people: a literary art that no one reads, that's my art.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha (started reading this in a bookstore)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion is this
There is Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield


  1. oooh so interesting. Some things I've read that you haven't and vice versa. I'm tempted to do the same.

  2. As I'm having a quiet lunch hour I thought I'd let you know (not that it's at all interesting) that out of the big list of 1000 books to read before you die, I have read only 59. That's a pathetic 5.9%. If I'm to up this score I will need to retire now.

  3. Has anyone read "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel." I suppose I like this list, and lists like these, because there are so many oddballs on it. What about those "confusion" books? I've never heard of them. And you'd have to pay me a lot to read Vanity Fair. Just so strange a compilation.

  4. i've read like 5 of those! probably more, but i've blocked out the school related ones...i always did hate reading for a grade...the books always seemed to suck.

  5. ihave read (or more precisely listened to )
    jonathan Strang and mr M

    I'd say this is a pretty interesting list of books.

    From Seattle. . . . .

  6. And my typing is pathetic because I just broke my wrist.



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