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Book meme

A book meme that I filched from Pea Soup and Superfast Reader. These are apparently the top 106 books that Library Thing users mark as unread.

The books I’ve read are in bold,
the ones I started but couldn’t/didn’t finish are in italics,
what I couldn’t stand is red,
those I’ve read more than once have an asterisk*,
and those that are green are on my To Be Read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment
Catch-22
One hundred years of solitudethis one is red and green – I hated it at the time, but I think I might like it now, so I aim to try again.
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion – yep, every page. Ten years ago. Wouldn’t happen these days.
Life of Pi
The name of the rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice *
Jane Eyre *
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov *
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs Dalloway
Great Expectations *
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 Canterbury 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
Anansi boys
The once and future king
The grapes of wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
1984
Angels & demons
The Inferno *
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
To the lighthouseI think I’m ready for Woolf now, must try again…
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s travels – I listened to a children’s version of this on audio tape over and over. Does this count?
Les misérables (I got to page 600 (or thereabouts, wasn’t even half way through, and realised I couldn’t stand any more…)
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
The god of small things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A confederacy of dunces
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
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 – are you kidding?
Freakonomics : a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid *
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit *
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White teeth
Treasure Island – see Gulliver’s Travels
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

My favourite from this list are: The Brothers Karamazov, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Middlemarch, Mrs Dallaway, War and Peace, Slaughterhouse Five, American Gods, Anansi Boys, Dubliners, The Name of the Rose, The Satanic Verses, 1984. Brilliant, one and all.


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October 7, 2007 at 11:14 am 2 comments

Not again!


Yep, another meme. I’ve been tagged by Literary Acquisitionist. But this one’s simple: turn to page 161 of the book closest to you (no cheating) and copy out the fifth full sentence. Then tag three people. The book closest to me happens to be Congenial Souls: Reading Chaucer from Medieval to Postmodern, by the marvelous Stephanie Trigg. For a less random sample of her writing, check out her wonderful blog.

His primary institutional affiliation was with the Working Men’s College in London, founded by J. M. Ludlow and C. E. Maurice in 1854, where he taught English grammar and literature and where he spent much of his time organizing its social program.

You’ll never guess who she’s talking about here. I’ve included a picture of The Riverside Chaucer, because, aside from the fact that it’s very pretty, Trigg opens her book with a fascinating discussion of this image.

And I’m tagging:

May 24, 2007 at 9:06 pm 4 comments

Eight Things

Eva at A Striped Armchair tagged for the eight things meme! It’s been doing the rounds of the book blogs. So, here’s my list.

  1. Colourful teacups, socks and cushions make me happy.
  2. Everything stops for Dr. Who.
  3. I can’t spell
  4. I learnt to paraglide in Austria when I didn’t speak German (although I learnt the words for straight ahead, left, right, and brake very quickly)
  5. Things I miss about Australia: sunshine, fruchocs, Farmers Union Iced Coffee, sandy beaches, my family, rosellas, magpies in the morning, the smell of gum trees
  6. My life in cats: Che Che (the panda cat, long-suffering); Thistledown (fluffy, soppy, blue-grey); Merlin (huge chocolate Burmese, dangerous and beautiful); Mr Cat (inquisitive, ingenious, the gentleman cat)
  7. St Petersburg, Stockholm, Zurich and Berlin are my favourite European cities. And of course York.
  8. Radioactive Man is the best

And here are the people I’m tagging:

Radioactive Man at Radioactive Man
Richard, at Postcards from Richard
Jess, at This Delicious Solitude
Fifi, at Strange Fruit
Jordan, at clash of the bull and the frog
Ilse, at Fraulein Ilse’s Blog
Anne, Emily and Charlotte at Ask the Bronte Sisters
Aquisitionist at Literary Aquisitionist

May 19, 2007 at 7:30 pm 6 comments


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