Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Book meme

I think we need a way to distinguish "books I know I've read but have no memory of".

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel 2x
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick

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
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

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* for school
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 : a novel
Angels & Demons
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
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune (started about 8 times)
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
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
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

Well, as you can see, I'm much more likely to start a book and then drop it if I'm not into it (or if I find another book). There are other books I read for school (English major) but I enjoyed so I don't remember that I read those for school.


Edittorrent said...

Sometimes I pick a book up without remembering that I've already read it. Did that recently with Don Quixote.

How was Gravity's Rainbow? Worth the read?


Edittorrent said...

Have you ever bought a book and then gone home and find you already had it?

Gravity's Rainbow was interesting- Pynchon is always good to read. I liked V better-- takes place in London during the Blitz.

Edittorrent said...

Yes, I've bought the same book more than once. I've even managed to re-purchase books I've already read.

I used to index my library and keep a printout in my car for those impulse trips to the bookstores, but that was more trouble than it was worth. My collection is too fluid -- books come in and go out all the time.


Edittorrent said...

I had a correspondence with a friend where we emailed each other the title and a precis of each book we read. It did help me to remember. But that, like so many of my smart plans, fell by the wayside.