Saturday, May 31, 2008

Summer Reading is F-U-N

This has been going around the blogosphere, and literary nerd that I am, I couldn't help but jump in. The list below comes from LibraryThing, which is clearly just a delightful excuse to add more goodies onto an already too-long "things to buy from Amazon" list. Because that's what student loans are for, friends.

Anyway- the top 106 books marked "unread" from LibraryThing. Feel free to follow along if you'd like: the deal is:

1. Bold the ones you've read for you
2. Underline the ones you've read for school
3. Italicize the ones you've started, but never finished *
4. Following the lead of the other blawgers, I've underlined and bolded the school books I've come back to in my own time:

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Crime and Punishment
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Don Quixote
The Odyssey
The Brothers Karamazov
War and Peace
Madame Bovary
A Tale of Two Cities
Jane Eyre: This may be the only book actually assigned by my undergrad’s English Dept. I read it not less than 7 times.
The Name of the Rose
Moby Dick
The Iliad
Vanity Fair

Love in the Time of Cholera
The Blind Assassin
Pride and Prejudice
The Historian: A Novel
The Canterbury Tales
The Kite Runner
Great Expectations
Life of Pi
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Atlas Shrugged
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Grapes of Wrath
Frankenstein: The most often referenced, least read, stunning book on the block. Go read this.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Mrs. Dalloway
Sense and Sensibility
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Sound and The Fury
Memoirs of a Geisha
Brave New World
American Gods
The Poisonwood Bible
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Hm. There’s a reason Joyce keeps reappearing here.
The Satanic Verses
Mansfield Park
Gulliver’s Travels
The Three Musketeers
The Inferno
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Fountainhead: I know, right? Who reads this twice?
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
To the Lighthouse
A Clockwork Orange
Robinson Crusoe
The Scarlet Letter
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Once and Future King
Anansi Boys
The God of Small Things
A Short History of Nearly Everything:
Oryx and Crake
Angela’s Ashes
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
In Cold Blood
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
A Confederacy of Dunces
Les Misérables
The Amber Spyglass
The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli)
Watership Down: Bunnies do not a child-friendly book make.
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

The Aeneid
A Farewell to Arms: Given as a ‘romantic’ gift from a high school sweetheart, who told me I reminded him of Catherine Barkley. I remember being bemused and a little annoyed at the time.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
Sons and Lovers
The Book Thief
The History of Tom Jones
The Road
Tender is the Night
The War of the Worlds

* You will see no italics here. I don't leave books unfinished any sooner than I leave glasses of wine unfinished. The characters need closure, you see- if they don't get to where they are going, they'll just be stuck in limbo forever.


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