Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Meme-a-rific ...

The quarterly report will have to wait. This was too tempting not to post. Glad that English degree was good for something.

From Merrie Haskell:

"These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. Bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those you own but haven't read yet."

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment*
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
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 Traveler's Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
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*
Foucault's pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange*
Anansi Boys
The once and future king
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & demons
The Inferno
The satanic verses
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
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The Prince
The sound and the fury
Angela's ashes : a memoir
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 : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye*
On the Road*
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an Inquiry into Values*
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity's Rainbow*
The Hobbit*
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting list. I thought I'd post the books I read.

One thing that jumps out at me instantly is that the really tough ones I read for school in High School. Nice classical education, right?

The second thing I notice is that there's a bunch of stuff on the list I've never even looked at. Anyone need Christmas gift ideas? :)

By the way, I've tried reading both Ulysses and Moby Dick a dozen times and never finished. Sometimes even catching the white whale isn't enough incentive. "That's alright, Mrs. Graves, I'll take the zero."

The Odyssey
The Kite Runner
Great Expectations
A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Brave New World
A Clockwork Orange
The Grapes of Wrath
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
The Prince
The Catcher in the Rye*
Freakonomics : a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
The Aeneid

October 2, 2007 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Camille Alexa said...

This cracked me up over at Ms. Haskell's, too.

October 2, 2007 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Todd Wheeler said...

Note to self: Buy Dickens novels for Rick.

Ah yes, high school. Where we were shown the movie version of Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Of course, it was the 'edited for t.v.' version.

October 2, 2007 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Todd Wheeler said...

Camille! I guess it shows people buy books to have them, not necessarily to read them.

Or maybe to make it appear they read those books.

Or maybe to have something thick to prop up their computer monitor (ah! That's where my 2005 Writer's Market is).

October 2, 2007 at 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, considering your immense facial similarity to Neil Gaiman, you should really read more of his books ... Neverwhere AND American Gods without bolding ... tsk. Anyway, interesting meme thingie.

Still a bit tipsy from celebrating Rangers' win over Lyon today ... hope to do the same for Celtic tomorrow.


October 3, 2007 at 3:05 AM  
Blogger Todd Wheeler said...

Separated at birth, perhaps? His long lost brother? Maybe he'll give me writing tips. :-)

Yes, I've heard great things about Gaiman. One day, one day soon. I suspect he'll be one of those authors who make me despair of ever writing a decent word in my lifetime.

October 3, 2007 at 5:17 PM  

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