Monday, January 23rd, 2006
9:51 pm - Another Book Meme...  
You're supposed bold the books you have read, italicise the books you might read, and cross out the books you probably won't read. I didn't do that, because I use different categories.

Read and liked:
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (Well, the first book, anyway. Liked the first one a lot. Disliked the second one a lot. Still haven't been inclined to read the third.)
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller (Loved the book, hated the movie.)
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) - J.K. Rowling
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut (I was a huge fan of Vonnegut in college. I lost interest after reading Breakfast of Champions)
Neuromancer - William Gibson
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Dune - Frank Herbert

Assigned in school, but blown off (which means I probably read some of it, but not much):
The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
1984 - George Orwell (I actually read quite a bit of this one, but laziness kept me from finishing)

Saw the movie:
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess

No interest whatsoever:
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Ender's Game (The Ender Saga) - Orson Scott Card
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Never even heard of any of these prior to this meme:
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Special whacko girlfriend award:
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Awarded for the afternoon I spent sitting patiently on a picnic blanket in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum listening to my then GF read this to me aloud. The things we'll do for lust. Fortunately for me, shortly thereafter she dumped me to move in with my best friend, then dumped him for one of his friends, and then dumped that guy to marry someone else. She divorced him to go live as a man in anticipation of getting a sex change operation (all within the space of about a year and a half). And that barely scratches the surface of the weirdness. Actually, the picnic is one of the few good memories I have of her.

Might read (in order of probability):
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) - J.K. Rowling
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon (Know nothing about this book except that it sounds vaguely Sherlockian.)
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson (I tried starting this one about a year ago, and bounced off. It's looks awfully long.)
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

Which doesn't add up to fifty, unless you count LotR and His Dark Materials as three books each.
 
 
Current Mood: sheepish
 
 
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Hel Viragohelvirago on January 24th, 2006 - 04:48 pm
The Curious Incident of te Dog in the Night-Time, I should note, is not particularly Sherlockian. I mean, there is sort of a mystery, which the 15-year-old autistic narrator decides he should solve, but it's less about that and more about him. A lot of people love this book. I had a kind of hard time with it. Er, also, to make this comment a little more contentful, The Time Traveler's Wife is extremely good and is about, um, a time traveler's wife. Also, Cryptonomicon is wicked long. I liked it anyway, but I can't imagine how I had the patience for it.
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