Monday, October 22, 2007

Copy Cat-er

I saw this over at Dane Bramage's blog, and thought it was different enough for me to try. There have been various forms of this meme around and I've never done it, because I've NOT read so many famous and "classic" books.

The meme rules are:
Bold those you've read.
Italicize books you have started but couldn't finish.
Add an asterisk* to those you have read more than once.
Underline those on your To Be Read list.

I'm going to add to this my own comments, because it's hard to read a list and remember what bold, italics, etc., means.

I try to read at least 100 pages in a book before I decide to keep reading or stop.

The List:
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (never even heard of it)
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude (never even heard of it)
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion (Number One Daughter has a copy, but I haven't read it yet.)
Life of Pi: A Novel (It had glowing reviews, and I WANTED to like it, but I HATED it. I gave it my full 100 page limit, then I gladly put it down.)
The Name of the Rose * (Loved it. Also loved the movie with Sean Connery)
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey (Had to in High School)
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities (I'm weird. I love Charles Dickens.)
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies (never even heard of it)
War and Peace (Didn't even make it to my 100 page limit.)
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife (I liked it. It was graphic, but very inventive and broke all of the "rules" of time travel that's usually stated in time travel books and movies, so I liked it even more because of her breaking these rules.)
The Iliad (Had to in High School)
The Blind Assassin (never even heard of it)
The Kite Runner (never even heard of it)
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations (Have I said that I love Dickens?)
American Gods (never even heard of it)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (never even heard of it)
Atlas Shrugged (I've always wanted to, and almost got it at the library the other day. I didn't have a wheel barrow.)
Reading Lolita in Tehran (never even heard of it)
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex (never even heard of it)
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (never even heard of it)
The Canterbury Tales * (Under duress, in high school AND college)
The Historian (never even heard of it)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (For college)
Love in the Time of Cholera (never even heard of it)
Brave New World (Under duress, high school)
The Fountainhead (On the to-read list with Atlas Shrugged.)
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch (never even heard of it)
The Count of Monte Cristo * (One of my all-time favorite stories in both book and movie form.)
A Clockwork Orange (I just couldn't make it.)
Anansi Boys (never even heard of it)
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible (I love Barbara Kingsolvers other books and gave this one my 100 pages but hated it and put it down.)
1984 * (A favorite, but such a downer)
Angels & Demons * (So much better than DaVinci code, that the whole hoopla over DaVinci Code had me scratching my head.)
The Inferno (I couldn't even finish this for school. Made a C on the test thanks to Cliff Notes.)
The Satanic Verses (I've always wanted to read this. Anything that pisses off radical Muslims enough to put out a fatwah against the author will make it at least onto my to-read list.)
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park (never even heard of it)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (The movie is a classic, but the book is way better.)
To the Lighthouse (never even heard of it)
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist (Dickens, what can I say. The musical movie version is worth watching for the "Please, Sir. May I have some more." scene.)
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections (Didn't make it through. I've read one complete Jonathan Franzen novel, he's way over rated in my opinion.)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (never even heard of it)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (never even heard of it)
Dune * (I loved this and it's sequel and the rest of the series were horrible swill.)
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes
The God of Small Things (never even heard of it)
A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present (never even heard of it)
Cryptonomicon (never even heard of it)
Neverwhere (never even heard of it)
A Confederacy of Dunces (never even heard of it)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (never even heard of it)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves (never even heard of it)
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake (never even heard of it)
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (never even heard of it)
Cloud Atlas (never even heard of it)
The Confusion (never even heard of it)
Persuasion (never even heard of it)
Northanger Abbey (never even heard of it)
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid (In Latin) (never even heard of it)
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit * (I've loved Tolkein's books and read this again a few months ago.)
In Cold Blood
White Teeth
Treasure Island (A classic that I loved.)
David Copperfield (My favorite Dickens book)
The Three Musketeers


Hammer said...

I've heard of several, read about 12 and never heard of the rest.

This might make a good list to hit amazon with.

Qtpies7 said...

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves is on my to read list! I think Babystepper blogged about it???
It really sounds entertaining.

Duck l'orange is my other "crack" lol. I could NOT stop eating it, and I was sucking the bones and everything! (we made it at home, I wasn't doing that in public, but I would) My Crack Chicken is right up there with duck.

katherine. said...

not too many underlined...guess that means you read what you want

Norma said...

I think I did this--I had done a lot of the Russian, but not the English.

uberstrickenfrau said...

Never read Watership Downs???? You better go right down to the library and get a copy pronto Mister! And you call yourself an American conserveative!!!!

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