January 26th, 2006
A book-reading meme from inlaterdays and oceanic
'Cause I like books, biotch!
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, ignore books you have no opinion on. Pass it on.
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 (currently reading the third in the series)
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
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
|Date:||January 26th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)|| |
What did you think of Ender's Game? I've gotten several recs for that over the years, but never picked it up.
READ IT NOOOOOOOW!
Was I wrong about Neuromancer?
This is right there next to it.
READ IT NOOOOOOOW!
|Date:||January 26th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)|| |
Wow. That's pretty unequivocal. ;) And you were WAY not wrong about Dune (Meg will totally never let me forget that), so I'll pick it up next time I'm at the bookstore. You know, after I finish Mieville and Stephenson and Joyce and Pound and all the other stuff on my shelf.
ok, bottom of the pile is acceptable, as long as it's in the pile.
(ok, so it's probably best to read that book as a young teenage boy, but still. read it.)
Hey! I read Enders Game when I was in grad school and I loved it. I read Speaker for the Dead immediately after which I found interesting, but less compelling.
Oh also, really don't read "The Da Vinci Code". Really.
Read "The Eight" by Katherine Neville instead.
i fully expect it to suck, I've just never read one of those mainstream best-seller type things. John Grisham, etc. Figured I'd give it a shot with the "best one" from recent years.
Well, it was given to me if you'd like to borrow it.
We have a copy, Meg read it and proclaimed it (let me see if I can get this just right...) "good beach-reading dreck."
Did you like it? Am I offending? *grin*
I'm with Meg. It wasn't great, but it kept me interested. Of course, I know nothing about art history, so I had no desire to throw it across the room :)
It's one of the few books I've ever genuinely wanted to throw across a room.
Granted, I also read "Angels & Demons" and was less bothered because while the plot is equally unlikely I know nothing about nuclear physics, but I know quite a lot about medieval religion and hence the violent designs on "The Da Vinci Code".
Maybe I should read that one then, for the true experience of book-hurling as I know more about nuclear physics than I do about medieval religion. ^_^
I have an impossible love/hate relationship with Card. I love the Ender's Game stuff, and have read gobs of his other stuff waiting to like it, I rarely do -- moralistic trite fantasy that it is.
Similar to mine with Harlan Ellison. I hate the bastard, but he writes some really awesome stuff.