Sunday, March 12, 2006

Book meme - finally.

I've seen this around quite a bit now and kept wanting to answer it, but never got to it. I always love to see what people read.

Meme instructions: 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.

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
(The Secret History - Donna Tartt)
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
(Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell)
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
(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

After I "filled out" my responses, I realized a few things about my reading history. First, I will read anything. Now there was a recent reluctance to read the Harry Potter books, mainly because I was afraid I wouldn't enjoy the way they were writen given that the main character is a kid. But after being convinced by numerous friends that they are written really well and for kids of all ages, I picked up the first one last week. And I will be reading more. Second, I don't have many books. I don't usually read books more than once and so except for the few random books I haven't read yet on my book shelf, I tend to borrow and turn in the books I read at the second hand book stores. Finally, my Humanities program in college apparently had something against 19th and 20th century fiction. My college at UCSD was generally considered a geek school, mainly because we had to take so many background general ed courses, including a 5 quarter Humanitites series. So, I have read a lot of the classics, but some how never managed to read Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. I will just have to remedy that oversight myself. I did recently read the East of Eden for no other reason than it was there and it had never been on the curriculum.

5 comments:

Miriam said...

Me too!!! That's one thing that bothered me about this list. I've read some crazy old classic books, and I read quite a lot, but there were some on this list that I KNOW have come out within the last 50 years and I just haven't read them. So the list makes me look like I don't read hardly anything! I know... I'm whining, but I thought it was misleading.

M
(who read the Brothers Karamozov for FUN!)

Chris said...

Sounds like you and Miriam need to create your own book meme. ;)

I highly recommend the Time Traveler's Wife. I did cry quite bit...

Nasus said...

Jane Eyre has been my favorite since 6th grade - kind of slow to start but worth it if you fight through it!

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Okay, there are tons of things on this list that I haven't read, yet somehow I majored in English. Yeah, you tell me what went wrong in our edumacational system there. I have stumbled across The Secret History on my own. Very odd, yet extremely intriguing read. Didn't know it fell under the heading of "classic" though.

And, how can you not have read the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe??? Weirdo! I have Middlesex on my bookshelf here, and I have tried to start it and just couldn't get very far. Takes a bit of patience, I suppose. More than I can muster with kids around, I guess.

insubordiknit said...

omg, read 100 years of solitude! i love that book. in fact, when i'm feeling like i need to read something i KNOW is gonna be great, i pick that up! it's fantastic, most of his are.

i'm doing this meme tonight. yay.