Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Book Meme

This is a list I picked up at Reality Conditions, but apparently can be found elsewhere. Worth noting some books to read and those I have. I added a few comments on those books that stand out in my mind - for whatever reason;

1. Bold what you have read
2. Italicise what you started but couldn't finish
3. Asterisk those read more than once (I added this)

(The second seems to be the main point –apparently this is a list of the books more often left unfinished or something like that.)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment* (Dostoevsky's four last novels should all be read and reread)
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*
A Tale of Two Cities*
The Brothers Karamazov*
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies
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* (One of my favorites)
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
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* (This is one of my all-time favorites, the ultimate revenge story)
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible: a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
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
Gulliver's Travels
Les Misérables (recommend reading the unabridged version to appreciate the scope of Hugo's art)
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Prince* (Machiavelli is worth rereading for he speaks to politics in every age)
The Sound and the Fury* (Faulkner's prose is magnificent and this is my personal favorite)
Angela's Ashes: a memoir
The God of Small Things (This is one of the few books I would not recommend)
A People's History of the United States: 1492-present (Read Paul Johnson's History of the American People instead)
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved (I enjoyed Song of Solomon, so I should try this one)
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey (The only Austen I have not read)
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*
The Three Musketeers

Read 73 out of 108 from this eclectic list. It excludes many of my favorites and others by authors of books listed.

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