Monday, April 3

Books and Reading

Since all I seem to be doing lately is reading, I thought I'd do a meme about books that I found on some random blog.

[Meme instructions: 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, place an asterick after the ones on your book shelf, 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*
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

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes*
Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt*
She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb*
Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding*
Lamb - Christopher Moore*
Monsterous Regiment - Terry Pratchett*

Wow, that was a little humbling. I'm not surprised to see that the only book I have but have yet to read is the one I just bought Bruce for his birthday, and he's busy with that one, so I have an excuse. Right now, I own more unread books than ever before in my life (haha, smartasses, college books don't count), but for some reason Chick-Lit was excluded from this list. Don't ask me why. (Joking, joking.)

I feel like I've read more than this list gives me credit for, but that's not the point. I'm sure there are people who would swear on their lives that having read Stephen King's complete works (minus Insomnia, but I'm planning that one) would make me more or less of a reader than I am. Ditto for millions of words Terry Pratchett has written. But hey, you know what? I like them. They take me into another world without taking me in so deep as to drive me nuts. (The Bell Jar and The Dark Half almost drove me crazy. Literally.)

There are books that I would put on this list that I've read but aren't there. I'd recommend them to anyone who hasn't read them, but not all of you will like all of them for the same reasons I do. Not all of you will like all of them, period.

Hell, I'm adding on to the meme. They're the ones at the bottom - under the space.

Is that allowed?


susan said...

Lamb is awesome. I've read the Amazon "Look Inside This Book!" excerpt of The Lovely Bones and found it to be thoroughly horrifying. Never, ever, ever will I read that one. My list would have a lot of italicized titles with stars because Tom reads so very much faster than I do (and I'm no slouch), so we've got a lot of books on our shelves that I've not read yet. ;)

Jess said...

It is now. :o)

B said...

did you get that thing I sent you? about the books? You should use it.

guile said...

atonement.. brilliant book :)..