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Booklist meme

By the simplest gauge, I have already had a handful of posts devoted to the tried subject of British weather, so I can hardly expound on it any more without truly approximating a broken gramophone record. Yet, that particular topic remains – as it would be in any civilized discourse – the only one that can inexhaustibly feed a conversation. For instance, the glorious week and a half of sun and warmth has now seemingly been replaced with the more customary drizzle and chill…

Oops, here I go again. Sorry!

Instead, let me heap a new meme thingie on you, courtesy of my friend Jason, who himself picked it up elsewhere.

There is a list of books. The original rules were fairly simple: Bold the ones you’ve read on your own, underline the ones you’ve read for school, italicize the ones you’ve started but not finished. Prior to Jason, someone added a rule of striking through (like this) books that you have no interest in reading, and putting an * next to the books that you own and intend to read. Jason added another twist of putting a + next to any book that he would like to read one day.

I’m going back to basics. Since I cannot think of any book in my library that I have not read, I’ll do away with asterisks. Adopting a “never say never” stance, I am going to eschew strike-throughs. There is a number of books that I’d like to read – or re-read – one day, but that day is at least twenty years away, so no plus signs. You will not find italics, either, since I always finish what I start.

I will add something of my own to the proceedings, however. A # sign will be used for any book whose title I did not readily recognize and had to Google.

Make your own inferences about every unadorned and uncommented-upon tome on this list.

Let’s see:

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell #
  • Anna Karenina

    very few people of my background would not know what this story is about, but I never read it

  • Crime and Punishment

    I even played a prosecutor at a mock trial for Raskolnikov

  • Catch-22

    I know that the idiom originates with the book

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Silmarillion
  • Life of Pi: A Novel #
  • The Name of the Rose
  • Don Quixote

    I think I was too young when I read it; I want to try again one day

  • Moby Dick

    it never appealed to me as a widely-accepted classic, for some reason

  • Ulysses
  • Madame Bovary
  • The Odyssey

    Ancient Greek mythology has always been a fascinating subject for me, and I know the particulars of Odysseus’s travels quite well, but I’ve never read Homer’s work

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Jane Eyre
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies #
  • War and Peace

    I would have read it even if it were not required in school

  • Vanity Fair
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife #
  • The Iliad

    unlike The Odyssey, this Homer’s work was part of my English curriculum in college

  • Emma
  • The Blind Assassin #
  • The Kite Runner

    I only recognize it because of the recent movie title…

  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Great Expectations
  • American Gods
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius #
  • Atlas Shrugged #
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books #
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Middlesex #
  • Quicksilver #
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    Becky read it and informed me that she liked the stage version better

  • The Canterbury Tales
  • The Historian: A Novel #
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Love in the Time of Cholera #
  • Brave New World #
  • The Fountainhead #
  • Foucault’s Pendulum
  • Middlemarch #
  • Frankenstein
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    I am not sure if there is a work by Dumas that I have not read prior to turning 13 or so

  • Dracula
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Anansi Boys #
  • The Once and Future King #
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel #
  • 1984

    only a few years ago, as it happens…

  • Angels & Demons

    and liked it better than the Da Vinci Code

  • The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
  • 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
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • Les Misérables

    close to the top of my list for revisiting one day

  • The Corrections #
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay #
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time #
  • Dune
  • 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 #
  • Cryptonomicon
  • Neverwhere #
  • A Confederacy of Dunces #
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything #
  • Dubliners #
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Beloved
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves #
  • The Mists of Avalon
  • Oryx and Crake: a novel #
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed #
  • Cloud Atlas #
  • The Confusion #
  • Lolita
  • Persuasion #
  • Northanger Abbey #
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • On the Road #
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    another one due for a re-read eventually

  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values #
  • The Aeneid
  • Watership Down #
  • Gravity’s Rainbow #
  • The Hobbit

    I can’t say that this is one of my favorite fantasy books, though

  • In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences #
  • White Teeth #
  • Treasure Island
  • David Copperfield
  • The Three Musketeers

    my first adult book; I must have been six when I read it for the first time

Out of 105 books, only 16 read. 44 others I do not immediately recognize. That leaves 45 books that I know of but never read. Interestingly, there are only a handful of them that I would ideally like to have read to justify my self-perception of a well-read person. Coupled with some weird selections – and by the way, all six of Jane Austen’s novels?!?!, – it gives me a perfect excuse to blame my dismal results on the warped compilation. It’s either that – or eternal shame.