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01 May 2008 @ 11:28 pm
[un]read books meme  
There seems to be some slight variations of this meme going around. What I'm doing is bolding the ones I've read, italicising the one I want to read and underlining the unread one I have. Though there's very few of these I wouldn't eventually read if handed to me.

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
Ulysses (well, mostly listened to)
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma (I think)
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
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 - if it's the one I'm thinking of
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye Bookcrossing Ireland book for May - must get a copy
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

In other reading news, I'm currently reading Anne of Green Gables and The Years of Rice and Salt.
Current Location: in a frozen corner
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: earworm - wuthering heights
holmesfanholmesfan on May 1st, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Formidable list - you've done well.Congrats.
a very caring potatomollydot on May 1st, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
You should see some other people's. Nearly all bold.
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a very caring potatomollydot on May 2nd, 2008 09:22 am (UTC)
I don't know what you like!

I enjoyed it and want to read the rest of the related books (I read Quicksilver recently), but it is long and a lot of people say it drags.

You should write your own book, called Cryptonomnomnomnicon.
hell in spectaclesleedy on May 2nd, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
I rather enjoyed Cryptonomicon (and found the cryptography stuff in it fascinating), but started Quicksilver and ended up not finishing it. Lots of interesting historical facts and speculation, interesting characters, but NO PLOT WHATSOEVER.
a very caring potatomollydot on May 2nd, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)
The end was disappointing. It just seemed to stop.

It did get plottier when the focus was on Eliza. But mostly I liked the historical characters and hearing about what mad stuff they believed or investigated.
a very caring potatomollydot on May 2nd, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
Here's a test I found in a review on amazon:

If your answer to any of the following questions is "yes", give it a try:

1) You've read a work by Umberto Ecco and liked it
2) You enjoyed physics class in high school or college
3) You can code
4) You dig binary
5) You always wondered who Newton, Hooke, and Leibniz really were
6) You see tangents as but the arcs of greater circles
a very caring potatomollydot on May 2nd, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
Doh! Sorry, that's a test for Quicksilver.

Except for 5, it's probably relevant to Cryptinomicon too. 1 perhaps less so, 3 & 4 more so (they're not all that relevant to Quicksilver IMO).
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a very caring potatomollydot on May 2nd, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)
The reviewer reckons that answering Yes to one of them is enough. But as I corrected myself above, he/she/it was actually talking about Quicksilver.

There's other historical characters in Cryptonomicon, like Alan Turning.
unavunav on May 2nd, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
I don't like it when fiction authors put words in the mouth of a real person, and assign made-up motives to their actions. Do not break history pls writers.

Actually, go right ahead, because people like to read it, but don't let me know about it and we'll all be happy.
hell in spectaclesleedy on May 2nd, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
Though as a caveat, I have numerous "yes" answers in that test and I still found Quicksilver a bit tough going.

(and the "wondered who they really were" option is annoying me with its daft phrasing. I mean, they were real people and plenty has been written about them and their ideas, it's not like a fictionalized account of their lives is going to "tell you who they really were". I am now envisaging Newton ripping off his Newton mask and saying that he would have gotten away with it if it hadn't been for you pesky kids...)
unavunav on May 2nd, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
It's more "who they are in the mind of the author", which, y'know, is just an opinion and not real.

mirp on May 2nd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
AWWWW Anne of Green Gables....that reminds me of my childhood. Loved that book Weirdly I can remember how it smelled. Not sure what that says about me!
a very caring potato: readingmollydot on May 5th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
This copy just smells like a book.

I've finished it now. I'll most likely be bringing it to the next meet up, so you can have it if you want it.
mirp on May 5th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
thanks. that would be nice. I very rarely re-read books but I might just re-read that one.