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24 January 2006 @ 10:04 pm
50 books meme  
Oh, why not! It's booky! *wears her geek glasses*

Here are the current top 50 books from www.whatshouldireadnext.com. Bold the books you have read. Italicise the books you might read. Cross out the books you probably won't read. Pass it on:

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown Two hours of my life I'll never get back.
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) - J.K. Rowling
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
1984 - George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) - J.K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown (I'd only read this if the life of a loved one depended on it!)
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Ender's Game (The Ender Saga) - Orson Scott Card
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Dune - Frank Herbert

Anyone want to give me a good reason why I should read the ones I italicised? :) I love book recommendations. You don't stand a hope with Angels and Demons though--leave that right alone!

Some favourites from this list: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Time Traveler's Wife, Life of Pi, Atonement, The Secret History, Middlesex. Oh and LotR of course. The not-so-favourites: The Da Vinci Code (duh!) and The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway is not for me!)
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Keke: Smallville - Tom Creditskatefinn on January 24th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
Ooh. Book list! Love those. The bad thing about living in a non English speaking country is that we hardly get those books here, other than the world wide blockbusters, such as the ones written by Brown, Rowling, Tolkien, Hemingway, Marquez...

Maybe, I don't know (I'm taking a wild guess here), you'd like to add Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis to your list. It's a very intriguing book from Brazilian's finest Literature and it's a quite interesting story, since even after 100 years, people are still debating what's the real interpretation for it.

And (I know you won't read! Hee) I just finished reading Angels & Demons after taking 6 months to finish it (It got me completely bored) and I enjoyed it. The pace starts to get better when the action really starts. Although the plot is kind of obvious and by page 30 you already know who did what and where this is going, it's an entertaining reading if you like Dan Brown's writing. =D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on January 25th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
Oh great! Thank you for the recommendation. I haven't heard of Dom Casmurro but I will definitely add it to my list.

I'm glad *someone* enjoyed Angels and Demons! I read Da Vinci Code because my boyfriend wouldn't shut up about it, and the pace was great... but no, it wasn't really for me.
rhiannonherorhiannonhero on January 24th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
When I was in high school, A Prayer for Owen Meany was my favorite book. I can't say if it holds up, that was over ten years ago now.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Yay!bop_radar on January 25th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
Great! I've never even heard of it, though someone else recced the author to me recently. That goes on my list!
Spoiled, self-indulgent, willful, dirty-minded: MEGSglassesnofantasy on January 24th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'm still unsure about "Lord of the Flies". I'm glad I read it, but am not sure I needed to in order for my life to be complete.

As for "Brave New World", I consider it a must. There are so many references to it in popular culture and it's nice to have the bacground.

And, finally, "Catch-22" (which I see you read) is one of my favorite books of all time. I laughed out loud through the whole thing.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: MR dorkbop_radar on January 25th, 2006 08:45 am (UTC)
Brave New World Yes, it's embarrassing that I haven't read that one!

You know, sooo many people have told me that Catch-22 is one of their favourite books. But I just didn't really get it. Which is strange because I like humour, I like dark humour and I like war novels. Go figure. Perhaps I just read it at the wrong time or something - it was nearly ten years ago. I should pick it up again.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on January 24th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
Ender's Game is a classic Orson Scott Card book--I don't know if you've read any of his other books or not--in that it's about a young boy put in a situation he's not really ready for, and who has to negotiate a very complicated set of social dynamics to succeed. I liked it a lot when I read it, about 12 years ago--it has some really interesting things to say about human/alien encounters--but I think I like the sequels, Speaker for the Dead and </i>Xenocide</i> better. (He's now written many more sequels than that, but I haven't read them.)

A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my favorite books--it has amazingly original characters (in that classing John Irving style) and some pretty complex religious themes, especially choice v. predestination, but it's mainly a coming-of-age story.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on January 24th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
That should be classic, not classing, above. That'll teach me to comment before I've had my first cup of coffee!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex Lionel bitchslapbop_radar on January 25th, 2006 08:51 am (UTC)
*Nods in sympathy* I do that all the time!
Well that's three times I've been recommended John Irving in a month now. So he's rocketing to the top of my 'to read' list. For some reason it seems like he's not as well-known here, amongst my peer group at least. Not sure. He's just not been on my radar at all. Oh dear. I didn't mean to say that. Punning on name - bad! *g*

I haven't read any Orson Scott Card, though your description pretty much confirms my impression of what it would be like. I'm not sure whether I've maybe passed the right age/time to read him or not... that's the feeling I've got, but I may be wrong.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on January 25th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
I've read several novels by John Irving (The World According to Garp, Cider House Rules, The Hotel New Hampshire), but Owen Meany is the only one I've loved to death.

And I think you're right that Card mainly appeals to certain age groups, or people looking for certain things in their stories, though I first read him in grad school (I think I was about 25). I liked The Tales of Alvin Maker better than the Ender's Game series, at least until it got a little *too* Mormon for my taste around book 5 or so, but I study U.S. history and like alternate histories.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on January 25th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yes--it's not that I think I wouldn't like Card, it's just that I don't think it's the right time. Definitely looking forward to the Irving though.
blowjobs for jesus: immortal longings textkristiinthedark on January 24th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Random thought: I was really, really into geeky boys in high school, and read Dune in an attempt to relate more to them. *sigh* Yeah, so that didn't work out. Then again, I read it when I was 14, so maybe now I'd like it.... Nah.

I adored Good Omens! Absolutely hysterical.

And just say no to Hemingway!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: MR dorkbop_radar on January 25th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
Reading Dune to pull boys? Tsk tsk! ;)
I think if you didn't like it then, you never will!

Good Omens is an absolute crack-up!

Oh! Oh! I need a 'Hemingway: just say no!' icon!! *plans*
blowjobs for jesus: have writtenkristiinthedark on January 25th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
A just say no to Hemingway icon???? Hell yes. We should make it a mission statement!

And yeah, what a way to connect with boys, huh? Freakin' Dune! But they were so adorable with their button-up shirts and ohso serious facial expressions! I couldn't help myself.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on January 25th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
Oh that icon is so true! ;)
I understand about the geeks. I do. I do. Button-up shirts! Hee!
kHo: readerkho on January 25th, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)
I... haven't read NEARLY enough books on that list. I can cou nt the ones on that list I've read on like, one hand. LOL.

And dude, Hemmingway is just... no. I can't read that dude. I know he's a legend, but jesus, i can't follow his writing, I get a headache TRYING to.

Let me rec a few authors from my personal list though: Nick Hornby, David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, & Hunter S. Thompson. If you want to get into specifics, my mini-rant on it is here.
blowjobs for jesus: have writtenkristiinthedark on January 25th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
Wow. I love so many of the authors you recced, I just had to tell you. I have a book shelf devoted to the Beats, and then throw Augusten, Hunter, and Nick on top of that, and yeah... brilliant stuff.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: bsg lee/kara hel-lo!bop_radar on January 25th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
'Hemingway: just say no!'
*embraces the mission statement I made with kristiinthedark*
Seriously, he is sooo headache-enducing. Even when you *do* follow his writing (and I tried really REALLY hard to) the misogyny and the pretentiousness just stings! Urgh. I have had people (*cough* men) try to tell me he's the greatest writer ever and they're entitled to their opinion but he is just painful to me. Painful!

Thank you so much for the recommendations--you named a whole bunch of authors I have never read! For some reason this list was very much what I have read. So it's great to hear about something outside of my usual reading (I read the mini-rant!). I should give them a go. Thanks!
Moonwitch Iconsmoonwitch on September 18th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
Have you seen the Fight Club movie? Regardless, the book is better. Read it. Because I said so. XD;;
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: books are lovebop_radar on September 18th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
Ohhh cool! I'll put it on my list. ;-)