30
Nov
07

Ah…My First Love

That would be books, folks. Via Ottermatic, I found this awesome meme about the books you’ve read, haven’t read, tried to read and didn’t finish, or just couldn’t stand.

So here are the rules: bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand.

1984
The Aeneid
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
American Gods
Anansi Boys
Angela’s Ashes : A Memoir
Angels & Demons
Anna Karenina
Atlas Shrugged
Beloved
The Blind Assassin
Brave New World
The Brothers Karamazov
The Canterbury Tales
Catch-22
The Catcher in the Rye
A Clockwork Orange
Cloud Atlas
Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
A Confederacy of Dunces
The Confusion
The Corrections
The Count of Monte Cristo
Crime and Punishment
Cryptonomicon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
David Copperfield
Don Quixote
Dracula
Dubliners
Dune
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Emma
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Fountainhead
Frankenstein

Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
The God of Small Things
The Grapes of Wrath
Gravity’s Rainbow
Great Expectations
Gulliver’s Travels
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
The Historian : A Novel
The Hobbit
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Iliad
In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences
The Inferno
Jane Eyre
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
The Kite Runner
Les Misérables
Life of Pi : A Novel
Lolita
Love in the Time of Cholera
Madame Bovary
Mansfield Park
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlemarch
Middlesex
The Mists of Avalon
Moby Dick
Mrs. Dalloway
The Name of the Rose
Neverwhere
Northanger Abbey
The Odyssey
Oliver Twist
On the Road
The Once and Future King
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Oryx and Crake : A Novel
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
Persuasion
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Poisonwood Bible : A Novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Pride and Prejudice
The Prince
Quicksilver
Reading Lolita in Tehran : A Memoir in Books
The Satanic Verses
The Scarlet Letter
Sense and Sensibility
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Silmarillion
Slaughterhouse-five
The Sound and the Fury
The Tale of Two Cities
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
The Three Musketeers
The Time Traveler’s Wife
To the Lighthouse
Treasure Island
Ulysses
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Vanity Fair
War and Peace
Watership Down
White Teeth
Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Wuthering Heights
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry Into Values

Hm. I notice that quite a few of the books on this list I’ve read I wasn’t really fond of. Eh. I found a lot of the English authors to be so depressing (Oliver Twist, y’all. My Lord, that was tedious.) But I loved Ayn Rand, despite her longwindedness (I mean, those novels could be classified as weapons.) But on the bright side, I have books aplenty on my list to read. And just for fun, I’m adding some books I’ve read that others may be interested in:

  1. The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
  2. Tar Baby(Toni Morrison)
  3. The Third Life of Grange Copeland (This was Alice Walker’s first novel)
  4. The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
  5. Meridian (Alice Walker)
  6. Blues for Mister Charlie (James Baldwin; it’s a play)
  7. Fences (This is a play by August Wilson)
  8. Breath, Eyes, Memory (Edwidge Danticat)
  9. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
  10. The Cat Ate My Gymsuit (Paula Danziger, eh…I think I spelled that correctly)

Ok. So now I’m in the reading mood…I’m going to make my Amazon wish list. Christmas is coming, y’know!

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4 Responses to “Ah…My First Love”


  1. 1 OTM
    November 30, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Excellent additions! The Bluest Eye… that book wrecks me. I saw a production of the play at the Steppenwolf Theater a couple of years ago. Incredible.

    I’m adding Breath, Eyes, Memory to my “Books to Read” list right now!

  2. November 30, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Oh, man. Breath, Eyes, Memory is an AWESOME book. My professor recommended it to the class my junior year of college, and I ended up writing my final paper on it because it was just so intriguing.

    You’re really going to enjoy it!

  3. December 1, 2007 at 6:45 am

    Of your extras, I’ve only read A Color Purple (and maybe The Third Life of Grange Copeland). And god, yeah, I agree with you about Oliver Twist. I can’t stand Dickens at all.

  4. 4 nuckingfutz
    December 2, 2007 at 6:32 am

    I absolutely LOVED The Color Purple!! I saw the movie first, ‘cuz I was just a kid when it first came out, and was too young to even realize that it had even BEEN a book. 😆 But when I got older and found the book, I just had to read it. The funny thing? Since I did watch the movie first, as I read the book, I saw the actors in the movie in my head. One of many examples where as good as the movie is… it doesn’t hold a candle to the book.

    I’m almost positive I’ve read Tar Baby… but I’ve read so many books in my life I can’t be 100% sure. I read books and a month or two later, I forget what was in them, because I’ve read so many since. My head can only hold so much information, ya know? 😉


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