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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
12:02 am
How many of these books have you read?
I started compiling lists of Top 100 (and more) Books recently. From Modern Library, BBC Big Read, Time Magazine, etc. These are the 30 that show up on the lists the most often (it was tough to cut down). I decided to make a point to read these 30 (plus many others from the various lists), and I was wondering how many of these books you have read.

Poll #1350621 How many of these have you read?

How many of these books have you read? Part 1

1984 – George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

How many of these books have you read? Part 2

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
Ulysses – James Joyce
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Thanks for participating!

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, November 27th, 2008
10:40 pm
Palm Wine and Purple Hibiscus: An Introduction to Nigerian Literature
I'm taking a Nigerian Literature course this semester. Here's what we read:
1. The Palm Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola
2. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
3. Sozaboy by Ken Saro-Wiwa
4. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie
5. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
6. Say You're One of Them by Owem Okpa

He explained that he ordered them that way because he believes each novel responds in some way to the one (or ones) before it.
Saturday, January 12th, 2008
11:36 am
I got a buch bunch of books a little while ago, and I was meaning to list them here, but then I didn't, but then I did.

Orson Scott Card: Shadow Puppets, Speaker for the Dead
Michael Chabon: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Noam Chomsky: Chomsky on Anarchism
Stephen Colbert: I Am America (And So Can You)
David Flanagan: Java in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
William Gibson: Mona Lisa Overdrive, Pattern Recognition
Isabelle Holland: The Man Without a Face
Thomas Mann: Death in Venice and Seven Other Stories
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Benjamin Percy: Refresh, Refresh
Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales
H. G. Wells: The Invisible Man
Kurt Vonnegut: Breakfast of Champions, Jailbird, Cat's Cradle
Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
5:22 pm
goodreads.com, x-posted a couple of places
So is anyone familiar with this site goodreads? I randomly found an article about it which described it as "Last.fm for books," which sounded pretty damn cool, and it turns out to be as cool as I was hoping. It lets you list everything you read and review it, rate it, etc. So far I just have the things I've read recently and have out from the library right now but I'm hoping to eventually get all the books I have on it (no small task!) I'm trying to get more people to be friends with me there, so if you'd like to add me my profile is here.
Monday, January 1st, 2007
12:48 am
Books From 2006.
1. “A Million Little Pieces” James Frey. (432 pages.)
2. “Children Of God Go Bowling” Shannon Olson. (292 pages.)
3. “Where The Kissing Never Stops” Ron Koertge. (250 pages.)
4. “Vicious Spring” Hollis Hampton-Jones. (200 pages.)
5. “Suicide Blonde” Darcey Steinke. (191 pages.)
6. “Paper Wings” Marly Swick. (276 pages.)
7. “Tart” Jody Gehrman. (311 pages.)
8. “Blair Witch: The Secret Confession Of Rustin Parr” D.A. Stern. (150 pages.)
9. “My Story” Amy Fisher. (276 pages.)
10. “Bye Bye Baby: My Tragic Love Affair With The Bay City Rollers” Caroline Sullivan. (274 pages.)

The Rest, But Sadly Not As Many As I'd Liked...Collapse )
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
1:14 pm
Books I have weeded out of my collection, in preparation for yet another cross-state move.
Some read and disliked, some read and sorta liked, some bought based on the cover alone and never read, some gifted by well-intentioned friends and family.

I CAN'T WAIT ON GOD, Albert French
LATIN CAN BE FUN, Georg Capellanus
BORROWED LIVES, Laramie Dunaway
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Saturday, October 28th, 2006
8:21 pm
List of books that I remember having put on a "favourite books ever" list.

Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray
Phillip K Diick - Ubik
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse-five
Kobo Abe - Woman in the Dunes
Mario Vargas Llosa - The war of the wng of the world
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One hundred years of solitude
Henry James - the portrait of a lady
Saul Bellow - Herzog
Umberto Eco - The name of the rose
F Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights
JRR Tolkien - Lord of the rings

James Hoggs - The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Mihail Bulgakov -
The Master and Margarita
Marguerite Yourcenar - Memoires d'Hadrien
Jan Guillou - Ondskan

Current Mood: chipper
Friday, October 27th, 2006
9:56 pm
Most Recently Read...
33. “I, Lucifer” Glen Duncan. (262 pages.)
34. “”Here Kitty Kitty” Jardine Libaire. (209 pages.)
35. “The List: A Love Story In 781 Chapters” Aneva Stout. (94 pages.)
36. “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” Stephen Chbosky. (213 pages.)
37. “Psyche In A Dress” Francesca Lia Block. (114 pages.)
38. “Flip Flop” Wendy Lawton. (200 pages.)
39. “Thin Skin” Emma Forrest. (209 pages.)
40. “The Lady And The Unicorn” Tracy Chevalier. (248 pages.)
41. “Candy From $trangers” Mark Coggins. (307 pages.)
42. “Planet Janet” Dyan Sheldon. (223 pages.)
43. “The Broke Diaries” Angela Nissel. (212 pages.) (reread)
44. “Diary Of A Whacked-Out Bitch” Judith Heinz. (200 pages.) (reread)
45. “Cathy’s Book” Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman. (114 pages.)
46. “The Burn Journals” Brent Runyon. (325 pages.)
47. “Magical Thinking” Augusten Burroughs. (268 pages.)
48. “Belle de Jour: Diary Of An Unlikely Call Girl” Anonymous. (291 pages.)
49. “Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence" Nick Bantock. (56 pages.)
50. “The Between Boyfriends Book” Cindy Chupack. (159 pages.)
51. “Angel Cats” Allen & Linda Anderson. (166 pages.)
52. “House Of Spirits And Whispers” Annie Wilder. (158 pages.)
53. “Twisted” Laurie Halso Anderson. (269 pages.)
54. “Girls In Peril” Karen Lee Boren. (150 pages.)
55. “Lush” Natasha Friend. (178 pages.)
56. “Haunted” Chuck Palahniuk. (411 pages.)
57. “Harmless” Dana Reinhardt. (229 pages.)

Total pages read: 12922
Sunday, October 15th, 2006
7:29 pm
who makes coffee in the bathroom, anyways?
3. through painted deserts
2. searching for god know's what
1. blue like jazz

all by donald miller.
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
10:38 pm
#10 "Alice, I Think" By Susan Juby
# 9 "Three Day Road" By Joseph Boyden
#8 "Mortal Engines" by Philip Reeve

Friday, May 12th, 2006
5:06 pm
Recently Read...
30. “One Of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies” Sonya Sones. (268 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

31. “The Only Girl In The Car” Kathy Dobie. (228 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

32. “Downers Grove” Michael Hornburg. (231 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

Total pages read: 7630

Current Mood: sad
Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
7:19 pm
17. “Dating Without Novocaine” Lisa Cach. (282 pages.)
Quote from it:
"Dildos the size of which I had never seen, and could imagine no earthly use for, unless one wanted to keep one by the door to use on intruders. The sight of a woman confidently holding one of those monsters in her hands would be enough to scare any man away. And if it didn't, a smack on the side of the head with it and he'd be out.
I could see the headlines: Woman Subdues Attacker With Giant Dildo! And the article itself. "Police agree that silicone dildos make better defensive weapons than handguns. Their flexibility is reminiscent of a rubber hose, and leaves no mark except a red welt in the shape of the penis head. Being attacked by a giant dildo has become known as 'weenie whipped.'"

18. “Spanish Disco” Erica Orloff. (250 pages.)
Quote from it:
"You know this seduction is with words. This long, slow dance we have been doing for years now. Circling in a tango of words. A dip here. A turn of the heel there. Pulling you in close to me until we both hear the tango at the same time, heart against heart."
19. “Miss Bubbles Steals the Show” Melanie Murray. (304 pages.)
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20. “Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey” Margaret Peterson Haddix. (125 pages.) (reread)
21. “Dry” Augusten Burroughs. (293 pages.)
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22. “A Prayer For Dawn” Nathan Singer. (211 pages.)
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23. “The Botex Diaries” Janice Kaplan & Lynn Schnurnberger. (296 pages.)
24. “That Summer” Sarah Dessen. (198 pages.)
25. “Is Kissing A Girl Like Licking An Ashtray?” Randy Powell. (199 pages.)
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26. “Witness: For The Prosecution Of Scott Peterson” Amber Frey. (210 pages.)
27. “Chasing The Wolf” Nathan Singer. (175 pages.)
28. “Hypocrite In A Pouffy White Dress: Tales Of Growing Up Groovy And Clueless” Susan Jane Gilman. (352 pages.)
Quote from it:
"One of the benefits of TM, Agatha had said, was that it enabled you to be "alone with your thoughts." But as I quickly discovered, a lot of my thoughts were not anything I wanted to be alone with."
29. “Wasteland” Francesca Lia Block. (150 pages.)
Two Quotes From It...Collapse )

Total pages read: 6903
Saturday, April 1st, 2006
8:31 pm
Recently Read...
11. “Feeling Sorry For Celia” Jaclyn Moriarty. (276 pages.)
"If you're bored tonight why don't you write down everything that comes to mind when you hear the word toothpaste?"

12. “As Always, Jack” Emma Sweeney. (179 pages.)
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13. “Don’t Kiss Them Good-Bye” Allison DuBois. (193 pages.)
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14. “Scratch The S” Benjamin M. LeRoy. (160 pages.) (reread)
15. “Amy’s Answering Machine: Messages From Mom” Amy Borkowsky. (125 pages) (reread)
16. “The Other Side And Back” Sylvia Browne. (279 pages.)

(I don't know where my quotes are for the re-reads off hand.)

Total pages read: 3864

Current Mood: okay
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
4:06 pm
and another one, why not
. . . here's what I brought with me when I moved from Detroit to DC about two weeks ago:
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Current Mood: amused
12:37 pm
Jes' adding to the pile
Hello all:

Because I'm that kind of person, here's a list of Books I've Read Since 14 May 2001!!!.

(Original title, huh?)

Monday, February 27th, 2006
11:32 pm
Books read so far this year...
1. “A Million Little Pieces” James Frey. (432 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

2. “Children Of God Go Bowling” Shannon Olson. (292 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

3. “Where The Kissing Never Stops” Ron Koertge. (250 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

4. “Vicious Spring” Hollis Hampton-Jones. (200 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

5. “Suicide Blonde” Darcey Steinke. (191 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

6. “Paper Wings” Marly Swick. (276 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

7. “Tart” Jody Gehrman. (311 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

8. “Blair Witch: The Secret Confession Of Rustin Parr” D.A. Stern. (150 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

9. “My Story” Amy Fisher. (276 pages.)
Quotes from it...Collapse )

10. “Bye Bye Baby: My Tragic Love Affair With The Bay City Rollers” Caroline Sullivan. (274 pages.)

Quote from it:
"He swore with relish, as if making up for lost time."

Total pages read: 2652

Current Mood: busy
Friday, February 17th, 2006
8:59 pm
Just Got These...
What I just got the other day from Bookcloseouts.com :

Washington Avalanche 1910 - $0.49
Defiance - $0.99
Ella in Bloom - $0.99
Hangover Soup - $0.99
To Swim Across the World - $0.99
Alice Springs - $1.29
The Necklace - $0.49
The Blair Witch: The Secret Confession Of Rustin Parr - $0.99 (which I just finished reading.)
Cupid and Diana - $0.99
A Lover's Almanac - $0.99

Current Mood: thirsty
Friday, February 10th, 2006
1:52 pm
Because I, too, am obsessive
My goal every year is to read 50 books -- I've yet to make it, and this year (2005) I did rather poorly.

1. Macbeth, Shakespeare
2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
3. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
4. The Final Solution, Michael Chabon
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Saturday, December 31st, 2005
9:15 pm
Books Of 2005...
Didn't make it to my goal of 100 but here's my list of what I read this year:

1. "Dead Glamorous: The Autobiography of Seduction and Self-Destruction" by Carole Morin. (189 pages)
2. "Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk. (224 pages)
3. "Her" by Laura Zigman. (224 pages)
4. "Falling Angels" by Tracy Chevalier. (336 pages)
5. "The Adrian Mole Diaries" by Sue Townsend. (304 pages)
6. "Tell Me Lies" by Jennifer Crusie. (384 pages)
7. "A Girl Named Zippy" by Haven Kimmel. (282 pages)
8. "Girls Only" by Alex Witchel. (240 pages)
9. "Billie's Ghost" by Chad Hautmann. (164 pages)
10. "The Virgin Blue" by Tracy Chevalier. (320 pages)
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And Happy Reading In 2006.

Current Mood: blah
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005
8:21 pm
Books I just Couldn't put Down
Here is a list of books in the last few years that I read in just a few days because I just couldn't stop myself from reading them. (Usually it takes at the least a couple weeks and at the most a few months for me to read a book so these are rarities)

1. Brightly Burning - Mercedes Lackney
2. Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception (actually the whole series, but this is the latest one which, in my opinion is the best so far) - Eoin Colfer
3. Surprised By Joy - C.S. Lewis
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
5. A Rhinestone Button - Gail Anderson-Dargatz
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