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May
08

Productive Meme

After reading this article about how unproductive watching TV is I thought I’d get a handle on just how much reading I need to do to get caught up on my education (although I prefer to read non-fiction, so I’d have a longer list if this was a list of biographies or something). So here is my version of the book meme floating around:

Below are the top 106 books tagged “unread” in Librarything.

The rules:
Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, underline those on you read for school.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice (and watched every movie version!)
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
Emma (read it and watched every single movie version!)
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations (another movie I sat through)
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canturbury 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
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange (I couldn’t get through the vocabulary in the book but I saw the movie fully.)
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984 (I saw the movie, though, “You know what I liked about the movie? No reading, it only took 2 hours, and then I could take a nap.” – Jim Gaffigan)
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
Dune
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
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces (I loved this book!)
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
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
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
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
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood (I saw both Capote movies, does that count?)
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

Boy this is pitiful. Maybe I shouldn’t have even done it. Most of these books don’t even interest me enough to want to search them out. Oh well, I guess I’m doomed to spend my time watching TV. However, I am interested in how these books got to be the bottom of the list. All the Jane Austen works? And a lot of English class fodder? Eats, Shoots and Leaves? Very odd. I did want to get credit for having read A Confederacy of Dunces, though, it was very long, but I loved it.

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6 Responses to “Productive Meme”


  1. May 2, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Freakonomics is an interesting book. There are some good books on there. I think you’d like Mists of Avalon.

  2. May 3, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Wait, your entire list is italicized… 🙂 The Time Traveler’s Wife was SO good.

  3. May 3, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    See, I don’t believe a book is good just because it’s a “classic” — I hate The Catcher in the Rye with a passion, and the Tin Drum is a misogynist piece of… well, you get the idea. So… if you tried it and didn’t like it, there’s no reason to force yourself through it. With millennia of literature to choose from, there is something else you could be reading, something you actually enjoy.

  4. May 3, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    At least you’ve started most of the books. Wait. Your entire list *is* itlalicized. I’m just happy I recognize all the boks.

    Good thing for Jane Austen, eh?

  5. May 3, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Books. OO. Gah.

    Have fun today? I got waylaid on my way to the Faire. I’ll hav to try again tomorrow.

  6. May 21, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Eats Shoots and Leaves is a non -fiction book about punctuation – and actually quite a funny read.


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Elspeth

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