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That book meme 
27th-Apr-2008 11:16 pm
Today has been a long day.

Just winding down at the moment, more about real life tomorrow.

There's apparently rules for this. Basically, these are books people like to say that they've read or keep on their shelves to look smart.

I'm following winterbadger's idea and giving them a bit of a different categorization than the original meme.

Things on the list I am reading right now

Have, but have not read
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (got the recommendation from Jake, haven't read it yet)
Life of Pi : a novel (both this and the next were bought by ybunny, who has read them, I just haven't gotten around to it.)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Haven't heard of previously
Yeah, I've got my head in the sand.
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Blind Assassin
The Historian : a novel
Anansi Boys
To the Lighthouse
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
White Teeth
Gravity’s Rainbow

Have read
Crime and Punishment
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion (This rambles too much for me. Too many characters with nothing to hang onto. I felt like I needed to make a chart to keep people straight.)
The Name of the Rose (I love this book.)
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
The Odyssey (have read over and over)
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies

The Iliad
Great Expectations
Atlas Shrugged (I hate this book)
Memoirs of a Geisha (disappointing)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West (good, but I wouldn't read again)
The Canterbury Tales
Love in the Time of Cholera
The Count of Monte Cristo (perversely, I like this)
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
Sense and Sensibility
Mansfield Park
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Prince
A Confederacy of Dunces (not funny, although I was told multiple times that it was)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (interesting, but not sure if it's all true)
The Scarlet Letter
The Catcher in the Rye (not as scandalous as it is make out to be)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (I always cry for Esmeralda)
The Aeneid
Watership Down (It's a roodoodoo, it runs on it. :D )
The Hobbit
The Three Musketeers

Haven't read, don't care
Mrs. Dalloway
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences

Haven't read, might read
Anna Karenina
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Madame Bovary
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Kite Runner
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Brave New World (on the 100 books list for this year)
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
A Clockwork Orange (on the 100 books list for this year)
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath (on the 100 books list for this year)
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
The Satanic Verses (on the 100 books list for this year)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
The Sound and the Fury (on the 100 books list for this year)
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved (on the 100 books list for this year)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Lolita (on the 100 books list for this year)
Northanger Abbey
On the Road
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
27th-Apr-2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you don't care about Freakonomics. ugh. Pop stats at its worst.

I really enjoyed Middlesex. Definitely make time for it if you can. The first half of the book is all about the family history and dynamics, and then it segues into Cal's story. I don't know what I was expecting when I first picked it up. I think someone recommended it to me because I like John Irving. The incest and hermaphrosim definitely threw me off when I first got to it, but the story ended up being amazing as far as character development goes.

I tried reading Kavalier and Clay, but I just couldn't get into it. I loved his Summerland (of course I would), so I decided to give him another shot when The Yiddish Policemen's union came out. I didn't get very far into that one before getting bored of it, either, but I still have it so I might try again after the semester is over.

Oh, also try Dorian Gray! You're the second person today on my f-list with this meme who hasn't read that book. It is amazing.

Edited at 2008-04-27 11:03 pm (UTC)
27th-Apr-2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on Atlas Shrugged.

Also, of those you haven't read, I highly recommend 100 Years of Solitude (love me that mystical realism), Slaughterhouse-5, The Once and Future King, and a Tale of Two Cities. Beloved and Poisonwood Bible are good, just painful to me. I might follow your version of the meme, I couldn't understand the rules of the other one.
28th-Apr-2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
A Confederacy of Dunces (not funny, although I was told multiple times that it was)

Thank you! Glad it's not just me...
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