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Books! April 27, 2006

Posted by merp in Blogging, Books.
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Tagged by Ysolda–don’t know her, but I really like her designs and her blog. And her name!

Book Meme!
1. Copy & paste.
2. Bold the ones you’ve read.
3. Add four recent reads to the end.
4. Tag!

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
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
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) – J.K. Rowling
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5) – J.K. Rowling
Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Book 1) – J.K. Rowling
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) – J.K. Rowling
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
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
The Nature of Blood – Caryl Phillips
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules -Ed. David Sedaris

The Other End of the Leash – Patricia McConnell
I, Richard – Elizabeth George
Small Gods – Terry Pratchett
Botany of Desire – Michael Pollan

So yeah, bit of a sci-fi slant in the whole list, and in what I’ve read. Do, do, do want to read Pride & Prejudice – the only Jane Austen I’ve read is Sense & Sensibility, which I LOVED, so why haven’t I read more of her books? Jane Eyre another of my all-time favorites. Read 1984 in 1984. Very shocking to my 7th-grade innocence. Tried to read Wuthering Heights, but couldn’t bear the romanticism, even as a teenager.

Aaron turned me on to Philip Pullman this winter – loved the first two books of the trilogy, but got bogged down in the 3rd and got stuck. Tolkein and Lewis, of course more all-time favorites (I don’t care what anyone says, I thought the L,W,W movie this year was magical).

The Other End of the Leash is about primates and canines and why we have trouble (and success) communicating – absolutely fascinating, whether or not you have a dog. Non-fiction – doesn’t have to be only fiction on this list, does it?

Elizabeth George – my favorite mystery novelist. But you have to set aside a weekend of intense reading, no other responsibilities, so it takes me a while to get around to reading each new one. I, Richard is pretty old – I’m falling behind.

Aaron turned me on to Terry Pratchett, too, and I absolutely loved Small Gods – hilarious and masterful.

And Botany of Desire wasn’t all that recent a read, but one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read. Everyone who eats should read it.

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