Chicken Magazine posted this (as did E. McPan) and I thought I’d jump in. These are the top 106 books tagged “unread” at LibraryThing. The idea is to bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, and italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish. I did all of that and also bold-underlined the books I originally read for school but have since reread for my own pleasure.
I started out pretty hot, but got more lukewarm towards the bottom. Not sure what that signifies, since I’m not sure how this list was ordered. Jump in yourself if you want!
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Crime and Punishment
The Brothers Karamazov
War and Peace
A Tale of Two Cities
The Name of the Rose
Love in the Time of Cholera
The Blind Assassin
Pride and Prejudice
The Historian: A Novel
The Canterbury Tales
The Kite Runner
Life of Pi
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
The Grapes of Wrath
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Sense and Sensibility
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Sound and The Fury
Memoirs of a Geisha
Brave New World
The Poisonwood Bible
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The Satanic Verses
The Three Musketeers
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
To the Lighthouse
A Clockwork Orange
The Scarlet Letter
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Once and Future King
The God of Small Things
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Oryx and Crake
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
In Cold Blood
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
A Confederacy of Dunces
The Amber Spyglass
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
A Farewell to Arms
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Sons and Lovers
The Book Thief
The History of Tom Jones
Tender is the Night
The War of the Worlds
I admit it. I’m a HUGE nerd. So much of a nerd that when I read this Volokh post, I actually tried to explain my hysterical laughter to Mr. Angst by briefly recounting the constitutional requirements for administrative appointments. ((Note that at least part of my hysterical laughter was inspired by the masthead on the actual article referenced in the Volokh post.))
I don’t know whether to laugh hysterically or cry: LOLcat Wasteland
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and unblague tagged me, so I thought I’d comply.
1. Name one person who made you laugh last night.
My brother, telling me about how he’d trekked to a not-so-good part of town for the sole reason of getting The Best Fried Chicken in his town.
2. What were you doing at 0800?
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Washing my face, brushing my teeth, getting ready for the day.
4. What happened to you in 2006?
I finished my first year of law school, started my second year of law school, wrote a 65-page paper (holy moly), and got a dog.
5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
“I guess they lost it, and we’ll have to get you a new one.” To Himself, after discovering the vet (where he was boarded last weekend) lost his new Kong bone.
6. How many beverages did you have today?
So far, two cups of coffee.
7. What color is your hairbrush?
8. What was the last thing you paid for?
A pack of Guinness cans (for Guinness lamb stew), a bottle of wine, an appliance light bulb for our refrigerator, and a tube of facial cleanser.
9. Where were you last night?
10. What color is your front door?
White. Well, sort of cream-white.
11. Where do you keep your change?
In my wallet. I used to keep it in this cute beaded change purse I have, but that got to be a pain, switching between my wallet and the change purse. I don’t know how people use change purses.
12. What’s the weather like today?
Beautiful, if a little cold. Sunny, no clouds, a little breezy (I’m guessing; I haven’t been outside), and under 50°.
13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?
Um, I can’t answer this. All the other flavors might get upset.
14. What excites you?
Right now, putting the pieces together to create an outline for The Task. Getting to a place where I could start putting together an outline has been hard, but now that I’m there, it’s really exciting to see it all falling into place.
15. Do you want to cut your hair?
I really need to. It’s not a bad length right now, it’s just a little too long and is starting to scream “soccer mom.” I just need a trim.
16. Are you over the age of 25?
17. Do you talk a lot?
Depends on the day, my mood, and who I am around.
18. Do you watch the O.C.?
No. I think I watched five minutes of one episode once while I was trying to find something else to watch.
19. Do you know anyone named Steven?
More than one.
20. Do you make up your own words?
Yes. I have used my own made-up words in class, even.
21. Are you a jealous person?
Like, romantically? No. In other senses, though, yes; I am jealous of other people’s success sometimes, I am jealous of other people’s social ease, things like that.
22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’.
I have a lot of friends whose names start with the letter ‘A.’
23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.
My name starts with a ‘K,’ does that count?
24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?
My brother. (See #1, supra)
25. What does the last text message you received say?
“He loves it!”
26. Do you chew on your straw?
27. Do you have curly hair?
My hair is wavy enough to be curly if I work at it, but otherwise, no. I usually blow it out straight anyway.
28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?
A meeting with a professor. Well, before that, I have to walk my dog, but that’s not going anywhere; we just walk around in a big circle through the neighborhood.
29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?
I have known some really rude people. And rude in different ways. So this is hard to answer.
30. What was the last thing you ate?
Toast with butter.
31. Will you get married in the future?
Um, am. So, I hope not.
32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?
I am not sure I’ve seen a movie in the last two weeks. I think I watched part of Independence Day on TV last Thursday. It’s not a GREAT movie, but I like disaster-type movies, so I was enjoying it.
33. Is there anyone you like right now?
That’s a strange question. I’m going to say no. I’m in a misanthropic phase. (Of course, I love Mr. Angst, always, but that’s not what this question is about, I don’t think.)
34. When was the last time you did the dishes?
This morning—I rinsed last night’s dishes, loaded the dishwasher, and ran it.
35. Are you currently depressed?
Stressed, yes. Overwhelmed, yes. Depressed, no. The first two can often send me spiraling towards the third, but I’m keeping it in check.
36. Did you cry today?
37. Why did you answer and post this?
I like memes, it’s been a while since I’ve done one, and I didn’t have anything else to post today.
38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.
I think everyone else has already done it. Pick it up if you want to!
Go vote for Kim to win the $10,000 blogging scholarship! All of the other nominees are COLLEGE students, for goodness sakes. Have some solidarity! Vote for the law student!
I’m pretty sure I know this guy. And he’s as douchey as he sounds.