Meme Sunday, continuted.

The original instructions for these meme are as follows:

Book Meme!
1. Copy & paste.
2. Bold the ones you’ve read.
3. Add four recent reads to the end.
4. Tag!

Robust McManlyPants, over-acheiving as usual, suggested the following extensions to the base system:

* italicised, but not bold = a book I want to read but haven’t yet
* italicised and bold = a book I’m currently reading
* bold and struck through = a book I tried to read and have formally abandoned out of disinterest
* purple and bold = a book I have read and is a favorite
* purple, bold and italicised = a book I have read and love so much that it’s always “current” reading

Dear Reader, there is no “purple” button on the WordPress WYSIWYG editor, and I think we all know that I’m way too lazy to code that shit manually.

Anyway, here it is.  I hope everyone is as disturbed as I am about the relative preponderance of Dan Brown’s works in this list.

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 (Harry Potter 6) – J.K. Rowling
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

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 (Book 3) – J.K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) – J.K. Rowling
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5) – J.K. Rowling
Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut

Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Book 1) – J.K. Rowling
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) – J.K. Rowling
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Ender’s Game (The Ender Saga) – Orson Scott Card
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
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
The Unberable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
The Nature of Blood – Caryl Phillips
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules – Ed. David Sedaris
The Last Continent – Terry Pratchett
The Book of Skulls – Robert Silverberg
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice – Laurie R. King
Persepolis 2 – Marjane Satrapi
The Sound & The Fury – William Faulkner
A Wild Sheep Chase – Haruki Murakami
The Bridge of Birds – Barry Hughart
Foundation – Isaac Asimov

My Four Additions:

The Fabric of the Cosmos – Brian Green
Philosophy & Social Hope – Richard Rorty
The Long Emergency – James Howard Kunstler
The Jesus Incident – Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom

One additional addition:

If you have read Jane Eyre, you HAVE to read The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.


I’m not that kind of a bastard, but if Blue Girl feels so inclined, I’d be interested to see her responses.


12 Responses to “Meme Sunday, continuted.”

  1. blue girl Says:

    You’re so sweet for tagging me — but I’ve got to tell you. This book meme has way too many instructions and my memory is so bad that i keep having to reference the top set of criteria to know what it means….

    Sorry, I’m out.

    I’m onto your next one below and may do that one.


  2. Adorable Girlfriend Says:

    BG, I cannot believe your leaving us hanging. This is a precedent.

    Res, The Hobbit? Seriously man…

  3. Chuckles Says:

    I was a little embarassed when I thought I had read more Harry Potter books than any others, but then I counted the rest and I am still embarassed. 21 books total and 6 are the HPs and 1 is the Da Vinci Code.

    That book SUCKS!

  4. Adorable Girlfriend Says:

    Chuckie reads H.P. and that Jesus loving Da Vinci Code?!! This only means one thing:

    Chuckie is in love with Pinko!

  5. Brando Says:

    Hey, we all read The Hobbit.

  6. Res Publica Says:

    The Hobbit was the first “big book” I read as a kid, and I have loved reading ever since. So eat it, cobagz.

  7. almostinfamous Says:

    at least there’s no ayn rand on there. god, i hate this atlas shrugged bullshit

  8. Res Publica Says:

    Well I didn’t make the list….you just copy the list, and then highlight the titles you’ve READ. I’ve read both Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead (in high school…chalk it up to youthful indiscretion), but I didn’t like either of them. The instructions didn’t say anything about books you like, just books you’ve read.

  9. almostinfamous Says:

    well i;m reading it right now. out of choice. why do i hate myself?

  10. plover Says:

    Hmm… 35 for me, including all 6 HP, and both Dan Brown.

    For those who haven’t heard of him: Murakami is great. I especially recommend The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – mystery, surrealism, love, and the brutality of the Japanese occupation of China.

    Reading Dan Brown is a bit like watching intestinal parasites frolic – the prose is hideous but sort of compulsively transfixing. Plus, Angels & Demons gets points for details on goofy papal rituals and some howlingly bad physics.

    I tried reading The Fountainhead. For the first dozen or more pages, the description of the main character reads like a textbook profile of a psychopath. I kept expecting Mr Heroic McUberselfish to start torturing puppies or something so that the narrative voice could go all melty regarding the degree of ultrasuperiority evidenced by an unflinching devotion to causing pain in small animals. So, far I haven’t convinced myself to read any further…

  11. Adorable Girlfriend Says:

    It’s funny you say that about the Fountainhead. I have an ex who LOVED this book. I thought that was justification enough for when I kicked him to the curb. Does one need any other reason?

  12. Brando Says:

    Only 12 for me, although Cloud Atlas is on the short list to be read.

    And here’s how much of a geek I am — “HP” makes me think of H.P. Lovecraft, which I read a lot of back in my teenage years.

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