It’s meme time again here at >SUPERVERBOSE, this time with a list of books that have to do with something from somewhere, I’m not sure. I’ll bold what I’ve read. Other people have been italicizing what they’ve started but didn’t finish. I have this strange quirk — I always finish. I will finish even the world’s longest, most boring book once I’ve started it. I guess I keep holding out hope that the book will get better.

I have added comments here and there in blue as they occurred to me.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights (I found this dreadful when I read it in college. I might like it more if I reread it. Or maybe I’d like it less. Who knows? I’m not planning to find out.)
The Silmarillion (This always looked like the world’s dullest tome to me.)
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick (I think I would have broken my “no-quit” rule in the middle of this one, if not for the fact that I was reading it for a class and I had a fantastic teacher who helped me appreciate even the looooooong whale biology lecture.)
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey (I got one chapter into an IF adaptation of this, actually. I did it as a project for a comp sci class.)
Pride and Prejudice (one of my all-time favorites)
Jane Eyre (but I plan to read it before I read The Eyre Affair, which is on my to-read shelf)
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov (I love Dostoyevsky)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods (it’s on my to-read shelf, though)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver (I liked Cryptonomicon well enough, but I heard middling reactions to this, and my to-read shelf is already groaning, so pursuing the rest of the series is pretty far down on my list.)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
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
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys (I don’t own this, but I’ll probably read all the Gaiman that’s waiting on my shelf at once when I get to it, so no doubt I’ll secure it then.)
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath (LOVED IT)
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984
Angels & Demons (It’s on the to-read shelf with the rest of the Gaiman)
The Inferno (I love the Divine Comedy. It was a big influence on me naming my child Dante.)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde is a pretty big influence on Stevie Nicks. There are a couple of lyrics where she quotes him directly, albeit without attribution. I remember being quite startled as I stumbled upon one of those lines in this book.)
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse (I actually remember very little about the Woolf I’ve read. I found it pretty uninteresting. But I believe I’ve read both this and Mrs. Dalloway sometime during grad school.)
Tess of the D’Urbervilles (I did read Return Of The Native, though, and was not a fan.)
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Totally on the “to-read” shelf, though)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune (I liked it, but not enough to pursue the bajillion sequel bricks. My parents, however, are big fans.)
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 (I have distinct memories of reading this on the beach in Mexico.)
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 (easily the most upsetting book on this list, at least among the ones on this list I’ve read)
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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 (I still think “silflay” when I see bunnies eating at dusk. I get to see that a fair amount, as we have rabbits living next to the parking lot of our office.)
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

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2 responses »

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m at work, so I didn’t have time to make comments, just enough time to star the ones I’ve read. (Bold won’t work for some reason.) The link wouldn’t work for me, so I don’t know what this is referring to, but here you go:

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
    *Anna Karenina
    *Crime and Punishment
    *Catch-22
    *One Hundred Years of Solitude
    *Wuthering Heights
    The Silmarillion
    *Life of Pi : a novel
    The Name of the Rose
    *Don Quixote
    Moby Dick
    Ulysses
    Madame Bovary
    *The Odyssey
    Pride and Prejudice
    *Jane Eyre
    *The Tale of Two Cities
    *The Brothers Karamazov
    Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
    War and Peace
    Vanity Fair
    The Time Traveler’s Wife
    *The Iliad
    Emma
    The Blind Assassin
    *The Kite Runner
    *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
    *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
    Dracula
    *A Clockwork Orange
    Anansi Boys
    The Once and Future King
    *The Grapes of Wrath
    *The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
    *1984
    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
    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
    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
    In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
    White Teeth
    Treasure Island
    David Copperfield
    The Three Musketeers

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