Wednesday, February 22, 2006


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, underline the ones on your book shelf, and place parentheses around the ones you've never even heard of. From Chris of "Stumbling Over Chaos" fame (link in sidebar).

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
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
(Neuromancer - William Gibson )
(Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson )
(The Secret History - Donna Tartt)
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
(Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell)
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

(Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman)
(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

The two on my bookshelf are Pride & Prejudice and The Great Gatsby. I might have a copy of Wuthering Heights kicking around somewhere.

I minored in literature and marketing. Marketing was useful, literature not so much. But so enjoyable. I took a million classes I found very interesting, but I think the ones I liked best were those involving the yarns that come out of writers' heads.

My favorite book? Pride and Prejudice. But the best-written, most brilliantly told and constructed story is Anna Karenina. If you've never read Tolstoy, it's a nice introduction, non-threatening, wonderfully dramatic, scathingly accurate and not too long. What prevents me from saying it's my favorite is that it's painful to read. When you finish you'll be in the car before you know it to buy a copy of War and Peace, which is also wonderful. You'll also be forever horrified of the absolute injustice of cheating on your spouse. It is painful.

The last couple years I've been on a history kick, and I haven't read any fiction except a moldy copy of The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor I found in my bookshelf (I am the type of person who regularly finds things long forgotten in the bookshelf).

Anyway, that's me. You're it.


Blogger Chris said...

Thanks for sharing! A fun meme, 'cos I like to peek at people's bookshelves.

I highly recommend The Time Traveler's Wife. I cried...

2:35 PM  

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