It's always comforting to find other folks who've not read all the "classics", but have a similar number of 'em under their belts as I do. That's one reason it was cool to come across this post on Wren's site. Another is just that I dig teh memes.


With a little help from cut/paste, here're the directions, the list and my own emphasisations. Have at it for yourselves.

Copy the list of books, then bold the books you have read, underline the ones you read for school, and italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish. As Wren did, I'll add a wee bit o' commentary next to some of the titles. Enjoy!
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina (Always wanted to, but maybe that's just cuz I love her name.)
Crime and Punishment {shudder}
Catch-22 (I think everyone but me has read this book.)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Hmmm... Sounds familiar, but I don't think so.)
Wuthering Heights (I'll probably approach this one some time.)
The Silmarillion (Tolkien)
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose (No, I guess watching the movie [w/ Sean Connery] doesn't count)
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses ("Lucy says Joyce is effing incomprehensible. I totally agree." And I heartily concurr!)
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey (For school and I'm glad as I loved it!)
Pride and Prejudice ("Another Great Book my English teachers didn’t assign and so I’ve never read". What she said.)
Jane Eyre (There's a series by a guy named Jasper Fford about a woman who "goes into" books, and this is one of 'em. I don't think I'll read it though. Of Fford's novels, though, I can't get enough. )
The Tale of Two Cities (Depressing or I'd own it. Maybe I will yet.)
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad (Same as for the Odyssey.)
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (On the list to read)
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 (Saw a movie version then loved the book!)
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (The only Joyce I did get through, though how I'm not sure.)
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula (Not read, but... you know)
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King (Worst of the Arthur stories. Go with Marion Zimmer Bradley's for historical realism.)
The Grapes of Wrath (Took me forever to get to it, since it wasn't assigned in school. WELL worth the read.)
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels and Demons
Inferno (Attempted, but bored me quickely.)
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 (Ummm... I really think I've read this...)
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
Neverwhere ("I love this title. I’d better read the book." I'm with Wren! lol)
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Really enjoyable writing.)
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots and Leaves
The Mists of Avalon (Well, there ya go!)
Oryx and Crake
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 (Note to self; Add it to the list)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield

Just as Wren did on her post, I gots to list "some of my own old favorites, read over and over:" or which were simply some of my all time faves.

The Lord of the Rings (read at least 7 or 8 times.)
(Series by Larry Niven)
Thieve's World: Sanctuary Anthology (Edited initially by Robert Lynn Aspirin, then by several others.)
The Mote in God's Eye More Larry Niven. Dude is my All Time Favorite author!
Anything by Ben Bova, Greg Bear, Arthur C. Clark, Jerry Pournelle or Kage Baker.


  1. Another reader! Sometimes I wonder if people who actually read still exist, and then I find Lucy's blog and you pick up the meme and run with it and I feel all warm and fuzzy inside, knowing I'm not all alone with my books...

    Thanks for the link, MB! And you know what? I ordered Neverwhere. Should be here anyday... ;o)

  2. Excellent! I hope it's at least close to as good as it sounds.


  3. Michael,
    I am not surprised that we (you and I) have read many of the same books) - that explains a lot.

  4. Heheh... Any recommendations, Eddie? Since you dig the Will Elder stuff (I love the "incidentals" in his art!) I bet you'd really enjoy Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. Everybody loves Turtles, right? ;)

  5. I've read a little over half..Not too shabby.

    However I'm not sure how to classify one. I read bits and pieces of A Clockwork Orange every few years. Excellent novel, impossible to follow the language sometimes. I wonder if there's a good course somewhere for the slang in the book.

    So it's not that I haven't finished it...I think. It's that I read it every few years and get remarkably confused by the next six pages.

    I'll throw in another Vonnegut...

    Welcome To The Monkey House. Excellent novel.

    There's always room for another slice of vonnegut. He's like pie.

    And A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as well as The Sorrows Of Young Werther.

  6. Once upon a time, I LIVED to read. I hope to return there once more. . .the real world around us tends to suck greatly!

  7. Why doesn't that surprise me, 'Nilla? ;) As for A Clockwork, yah, I'll stick to the movie. Too depressing a read for my taste.

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn IS good though!

    Hang in there, John! I left off joy reading for several years during my college days but have got back to it big time in the last few years. It's nice to know the skill doesn't disappear. {whew!}


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