Saturday, October 13, 2007

Meme-ingless week and an SOS disclaimer

For SOS folks - I really confused everyone last week, without meaning to. The Bar Mitzvah story was basically TRUE. The details were exaggerated, made-up and fun to write. The kiss happened pretty much as stated, though, and yes, it was the FIRST kiss. Sorry about the confusion. Also, I'm dry this week, so rather than writing another tale, I leave you with an interesting literary meme, below. I stole it, with permission, from Painted Maypole. If you want REAL stories, though, please check out the other Soap Opera Sunday tales, brought to you by Brillig and Walking Kateastrophe. (Sadly, Walking Kateastrophe can NOT play this week - she's without internet at the moment, so just click on Brillig's link). Click on Brillig's link and find the other stories!

106 Books You've Never Read and Probably Should:

The basic premise is that it takes the top 106 unread books from Library Thing, and you mark whether you've read them or not (and various other offshoots on that... see below).

The instructions are: Bold what you have read, italicize those you didn't finish, strikethrough the ones you hated, put *asterisks next to those you’ve read more than once, and put a + cross in front of the books that are on your bookshelf. Underline books that are on your "to read" list.

the list, and my reactions to it:

*Anna Karenina
*Crime and Punishment
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
+*The Odyssey
+*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
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
+The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
+*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
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
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
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 : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
*The Catcher in the Rye
*On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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

If you're interested, go for it! It was kind of fun to do, and reminded me of books I still want to read.


Fourier Analyst said...

I'm going to do this to. Just to show that I used to read books!! and I do still own books!! Great list!!

Marianne Arkins said...

I did this today ... and it was a bit frightening to see how few I've read (or want to!).

Madam Crunchypants said...

You are very well read. I knew there was a reason I liked reading you!

Hope to see you back to SOS next week!

anno said...

Great list! But... you didn't like Confederacy of Dunces?!?

Rebecca said...

I'm not doing it. It'll only show the world what an absolute philistine I am!

CableGirl said...

Oooh. This looks fun. I'll have to give it a try. :)

Luisa Perkins said...

Fun! I did a version of this meme a while ago, but this book list is better than the one I got.

Now get crackin' on a new SOS! Please? :)

Anonymous said...

I've read less of them than you have, but more than I expected!

Goofball said...

cool meme, I can combine it with the other book meme you tagged me for....only my list wouldn't have much bold on it I think. Hmmm. I don't think I am very much into those classics at all, except for the ones we had to read at school. I'll have a closer look at it!

Charity Tahmaseb said...

I finally did this one. Your list is impressive! But I'm with Anno.Didn't you like Confederacy of Dunces?

Gunfighter said...

Shall I tell you how much of a barbarian I am?

I read a considerable amount... some of you are my shelfari friends and can figure my reading habits... I have only read 8 of the books on that list, and absenting Moby Dick and Dune.... and maybe the Grapes of Wrath, I don't want to read any of them again... or any of those other books.

pseudowife said...

Yep, I'll be snaffling this one