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book meme!!!

Lately seen in rivka's journal:

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

Here's the twist: add (*) beside the ones you liked and would (or did) read again or recommend. Even if you read 'em for school in the first place.

firecat adds: There's a difference between "books I liked" and "books I would recommend." I mostly only "recommend" books to people "who like that sort of book." There are very few I recommend across the board; I'm not big on canons. I'll use * for "liked" and # for "recommend"

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell *
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment (Blech)
Catch-22 (Blech)
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights (Blech)
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote *
Moby Dick *# (LOVE LOVE LOVE. Note that I 'read' it on tape with a superb narrator.)
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey *
Pride and Prejudice *
Jane Eyre * (This is one of my favorite books of all time.)
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 *
Emma *
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations (Don't remember if I liked it.)
American Gods *
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha (I liked it up until the very end. But really it's kind of gross.)
Middlesex *
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales (only part was assigned)
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man *
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World *
The Fountainhead (Ew)
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula *
A Clockwork Orange *
Anansi Boys *#
The Once and Future King *
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984 *
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 * (Loved)
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist (Don't remember if I liked or not)
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time *
Dune *# (I really love this, just re-read it. Every time I get more and more annoyed at the sexism, but it's still worth reading.)
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
Neverwhere *
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything *############# (LOVE)
Dubliners *
The Unbearable Lightness of Being * (I really loved this when I read it. I disliked the movie. I doubt I would like it on re-reading it, so I'm just holding on to my memories. It has some great quotes.)
Slaughterhouse-five (I loved it as a teenager; it really really didn't stand up to being re-read—too sexist.)
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon * (I read it at just the right time, when I was first getting into paganism/women's spirituality, and loved it.)
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Persuasion * (LOVE)
Northanger Abbey (It's OK but not one of Austen's best.)
The Catcher in the Rye (Blech)
On the Road (It has its moments.)
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 (Somehow I've managed to avoid this all these years, not necessarily intentionally.)
The Aeneid * (I read portions in Latin. Whee! I am really looking forward to reading Le Guin's Lavinia which is based on Aeneas's wife.)
Watership Down (I've managed to avoid this unintentionally, too.)
Gravity’s Rainbow (I read all but the last 100 pages or so.)
The Hobbit *
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island (My dad read it to me. Don't remember it well enough to recommend or not.)
David Copperfield *
The Three Musketeers


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 27th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme!!!
if i did this meme it would look braggy. *wry grin*. as in, i read just about everything that's older than 15 years, and some that's newer as well.

it also occurs to me that -- while i read a lot of the "classics" IN school -- i don't think i read anything solely FOR school. i was totally captivated by books, and would read everything and anything i could get my hands on. i don't recall complaining about a single book we were assigned to read in high school.

sometimes i wish i still felt that way. i was so enthusiastic. not uncritical, mind, just ... yeah, enthusiastic, and i would get something out of even books that i'd go "blech" over today.
Apr. 28th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme!!!
While mine would be mostly empty -- I didn't go to school except the last four years and I didn't have to read books those years, so I haven't read a lot of those. I've always considered that a good thing about teaching myself at home -- I know what the books are about, but didn't have to read them.

I have read some, and I once had a boss require that I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance before he'd give me a review. So I read it and when he asked what I thought, I told him that being perfectionistic and detail-oriented was a good thing when you work on weapons.
Apr. 28th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme!!!
What did he think of that answer?
Apr. 29th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Re: book meme!!!
Rolled his eyes and muttered, but still gave me an excellent review. He left the company after I did and started his own tech company which he sold to a giant company a few years ago. He's one of the Big Names in tech in DC.
Apr. 28th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme!!!
Go ahead and look braggy, IMO.

It matters to me to feel enthusiastic about something. It hasn't been books for a long time; being a professional editor has spoiled so many books for me.
May. 10th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)


And the only one I'd be tempted to dropkick into the shredder is LIFE OF PI.

Does this make me a remarkably intelligent, perceptive, and literate soul? Or does it just mean I should really try to get out of the scriptorium more often?
May. 11th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Embrace the power of 'and'?
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