[Found this meme on Ingrid's blog, thought it might do in lieu of anything original from my brain]

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
The Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien - started it, but it was really boring
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 Brontë
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis - another truly dull book I couldn't finish
(Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides)
(Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell)
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
(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 - yet another unfinishable book
(Sula by Toni Morrison)
(Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier)
(The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo)
(White Teeth by Zadie Smith)
(Gain by Richard Powers)
(Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner)
(Mulligan Stew by Gilbert Sorrentino)
(Veronica by Mary Gaitskill)
(Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames)
(The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle )
(Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber)
(Brick Lane by Monica Ali)
(The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov)
(The Gospel according to Jesus Christ by José Saramago)
(Cathedral by Raymond Carver)

Comments

Prince Romp said…
Its amazing to know that you actually did finished reading all the books except for the dull ones.

Yes, Reading is good for knowledge.
ingrid said…
I'm curious about the non-bold, non italicized, non bracketed, non-crossed out books?
:)
Richard said…
prince romp: I have not read all those books. Actually most books on that list I have not read. I was an avid reader when I was younger (typically 3 or more books a week - which is why I like short books - under 200 pages - to lengthy 1000 plus page tomes).

ingrid: well, the none marked up titles are ones I have heard of, but not read. I have no intent to read them, nor do I have any strong intent not to read them. I suppose I might claim that I might read them, but the truth is that they are not on my literary path. On the other hand, I have not strong objection to them either. So, if I was stuck somewhere and they were at hand with nothign else to read, I would read them.
Sassy Lady said…
Hmm...I wonder what you will be known as, if you managed to read ALL those books, or when will you finished reading them...hmmm

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