Friday, October 12, 2007

Unread Books

My best friend K. sent me these books for my birthday (she's always early, unlike myself who rarely remembers to mail the stamped addressed card sitting on my hall table during the actual month of her birthday):

Does this girl know me or what? I have every intention of devouring them immediately.

In other news, since I'm never one to miss jumping on a good bandwagon rolling by, here's my LibraryThing Meme:

What you do is take the following list of books (the top 106 marked most often as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users).
Bold the ones you've read,
italicize the ones you started but couldn't finish,
strike through the ones you really sort of hated,
* put an asterisk * next to the ones you've read more than once,
and underline the ones on your own personal To Be Read list.

Hold your breath, here we go!

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment
One hundred years of solitude
*Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The name of the rose
*Don Quixote

Moby Dick
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
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs Dalloway
*Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged

(I attempted Ayn Rand in college at the urging of much smarter friends. Never finished slogging through it. What do you think, guys? Should I give her another go?)
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha

(HATED The Vigin Suicides, so probably will not read another of his books)
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

(See Atlas Shrugged, same deal)
Foucault’s pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A clockwork orange
(Do not purchase a copy without the new-speak translations in the back. I adored this book in younger days. Recently bought a copy for Spouse w/o translations. He didn't make it past the first chapter. So disappointing.)
Anansi boys
*The once and future king
The grapes of wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & demons

(Meet the only person in America who thought the DaVinci Code was a derivative bore. So no, Dan Brown I will not be reading Angels & Demons)
The inferno
The Satanic Verses

(Can you believe Padme of Top Chef was married to this guy? It's been years, but I vaguely remember liking this book.)
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

(I'm adding this to my to read list)
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The prince

(Machiavelli was a twit but this is actually a fun read)
The sound and the fury
Angela’s ashes
(OK, I know it's sick, but Spouse and I still joke about the single raisin in the bun for the starving child)
The god of small things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
A confederacy of dunces
A short history of nearly everything
The unbearable lightness of being
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

Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye

(What kind of nimrod has never read this one? Oh yeah. ME)
On the Road
(I loved this book at 19. Hated it at 42. Decided it must be read when young and never re-read)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

I think after glancing at this list it's safe to say that I haven't read anything written since 1970. So sad. On the up-side, I now have a new list of books to add to my books-I-have-read titles on my LibraryThing profile so my "nightstand" icon will maybe rotate some book covers. Right now, I look like some sort of suicidal sex fiend judging by the covers pictured. Now then, I expect you all to stop straining your eyes at the computer and immediately go strain them reading books. Off with you!