Thursday, April 20, 2006

Random book meme

This is one of those books-you-have-read memes that go around every once in a while. This one comes to me via Ed.
Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you might read, cross out the ones you won’t, underline the ones on your bookshelf, and place parentheses around the ones you’ve never even heard of.

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J. K. Rowling
The Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
1984 - George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Atonement - Ian McEwan
(The Shadow of The Wind) - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Dune - Frank Herbert
Sula by Toni Morrison
Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
(The Alchemist) - Paulo Coehlo
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Haven't really read too many of these. I've read Lord of the Rings, but not The Hobbit--don't expect to, really, but it's not impossible. Actually, at least half of my "mights" are closer to "unlikelys", but that's largely because I may have missed the optimal time in my life to read them. I still need to finish anything by Hemingway and don't expect it to be Old Man and the Sea that does it. Have read much Morrison, but haven't made it to Sula. Loved Atonement (fuck Saturday, by the way). Still looking forward to finally reading most of the Victorians.

Ok, let's see what happens when I append Ed's additions:

John Henry Days - Colson Whitehead
Great Expectations - Kathy Acker
Gain - Richard Powers
(Good in Bed) - Jennifer Weiner
Mulligan Stew - Gilbert Sorrentino
Veronica - Mary Gaitskill
Wake Up, Sir! - Jonathan Ames
The Tortilla Curtain - T.C. Boyle
(Crescent) - Diana Abu-Jaber
Brick Lane - Monica Ali

Hm. Not much better. Well then, dunno who might be reading this yet, but let's shake it up a little further with some that I have read:

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Voss - Patrick White
The Tent of Orange Mist - Paul West
Nothing - Henry Green
Mrs. Ted Bliss - Stanley Elkin
How German Is It - Walter Abish
Galatea 2.2 - Richard Powers
Ghost Dance - Carole Maso
Fading, My Parmacheene Belle - Joanna Scott

1 comment:

Tim said...

Great blog. Been reading for a few weeks, really enjoying it.