Sunday, May 11, 2008

I'll take that meme and raise you

Syaffolee offered her list. Here's mine.

FWIW, It's silly that these aren't on the list:
- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series by Douglas Adams
- "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card
- "The Shining" by Stephen King
- "The Stand" by Stephen King
- The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
- The Deptford Trilogy (Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders) by Robertson Davies

Started but never finished
Will Never Read
*Hated it.
**Loved it.

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: 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
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
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
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
The Corrections**
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
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: a novel
Collapse: how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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


Sya said...

I think the reason Adams et al. aren't on the list is because people *have* read all those books (since the criteria for being included on the list is for being unread). Seems like every geek I've ever talked to have read Hitchhiker's and Ender's Game. King is very popular and pretty much everyone with access to a library or with extra change has at least read one of the HP books.

yahmdallah said...

Ah, my bad.

'Twas late, didn't read the origin of the meme.


Make sure, when you are out of school (but not before) you read Moby Dick. It's truly something.

Nearly everything in it did occur on a whaling ship at some point.

Anonymous said...

I tried to read Moby Dick. Got about 50 pages into it and was thinking, "this is really slow and wordy." Then I came upon a full page describing a desk in someone's room. So I put it down and haven't been back.

FWIW, I've read most of the "Master and Commander" series. It's interesting how not only the characters in those books but also the writer himself seem to look down their noses at whalers. Maybe Patrick O'Brien didn't like Moby Dick either.


Yahmdallah said...

Moby Dick kind of gathers mass as it goes, and eventually rips along, but it is a slog at first.

I have the "M Undt C" series on my "to read someday" pile. I liked the one flick from the so far.