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New book meme

It’s been a very long time since I posted anything, and I’m not even sure why. Nor when I may post again. That said, here’s a new book meme I got from Mary Poppins.

The below listed books are the top 106 books most often marked as being “unread” by LibraryThing users.
The instructions are simple:
Bold those you’ve read.
Italicize books you have started but couldn’t finish.

Add an asterisk* to those you have read more than once.

Underline those on your TBR list. (I can’t figure out how to underline, so I just added TBR. Life is too short. If someone wants to enlighten me re: underlining, I’ll appreciate it.)

(I added a ? for those I’ve never heard of. Also couldn’t resist a few personal comments.)

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Anna Karenina (Got almost all the way through it when I was 16. Then I asked my mon—who loved it—whether anything was ever going to actually happen, and she said, after thinking about it—“Not really.” So I never finished it.)

Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion ?
Life of Pi: A Novel
The Name of the Rose (I think I finished it, but I wouldn’t swear to it. A bit high-flown for me.)
Don Quixote

Moby Dick
Ulysses I think I got 3 pages into this, and figured out it was never going to make any sense to me. Word salad. I’ll just have to take other people’s word for it that it’s a great book.

Madame Bovary
The Odyssey (a high school requirement)
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 can still hardly believe I got all the way through it. And by the end, I even understood why it’s considered a great novel.)

Vanity Fair

The Time Traveller’s Wife ?
The Iliad (another high school requirement)
The Blind Assassin ?

The Kite Runner TBR

Mrs. Dalloway**
Great Expectations

American Gods ?

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius ?

Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha


Quicksilver ?
Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
 (Hated it—don’t know why I finished it.)
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian ?
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead (Read this and Atlas Shrugged one right after the other in late adolescence—went from love to hate in the course of reading them. In fact, it’s not too much to say that they moved me a step toward adulthood as I got over my initial blind infatuation with her heroes.)
Foucault’s Pendulum ?


The Count of Monte Cristo

A Clockwork Orange (Hated it, but read it as an adolescent—it was reputed to be “cool”, so I persisted to the end.)

Anansi Boys ?

The Once and Future King

The Grapes of Wrath***

The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons ?

The Inferno

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

The Corrections ?
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay ?

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Prince

The Sound and the Fury

Angela’s Ashes

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


The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Scarlet Letter

Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon

Oryx and Crake ?

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed TBR

Cloud Atlas ?

The Confusion ?


Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye

On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Freakonomics ?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance*

The Aeneid

Watership Down

Gravity’s Rainbow

The Hobbit

In Cold Blood

White Teeth ?

Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

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I haven’t gotten into it very far yet–I’m on page xii of the Preface–but for anyone interested in grappling with questions such as, What is consciousness? What is mind? What is/am “I”? How are these related to the brain? What about “soul”? or esoterica of language, the book

I Am Strange Loop

by Douglas Hofstadter*

will be of interest.

I know, I’m only on page xii. So if you don’t believe me–here’s a review. Or click on the title link and dip into it on Amazon.

* For those who might remember it, he wrote “Godel, Escher, Bach” back in 1979

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