my head is still full of waiting, o internets; until it empties and fills again with news, have a reading meme.

Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, strike the ones you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk the ones you’ve never heard of.

001 the da vinci code (dan brown)
002 +pride and prejudice (jane austen)
003 to kill a mockingbird (harper lee)
004 gone with the wind (margaret mitchell)
005 +the lord of the rings: the fellowship of the ring (j.r.r. tolkien)
006 +the lord of the rings: the two towers (j.r.r. tolkien)
007 +the lord of the rings: the return of the king (j.r.r. tolkien)
008 anne of green gables (l.m. montgomery)
009 outlander (diana gabaldon)
010 *a fine balance (rohinton mistry)
011 +harry potter and the goblet of fire (j.k. rowling)
012 angels and demons (dan brown)
013 +harry potter and the order of the phoenix (j.k. rowling)
014 a prayer for owen meany (john irving)
015 memoirs of a geisha (arthur golden)
016 harry potter and the sorcerer's stone (j.k. rowling)
017 fall on your knees (ann-marie macdonald)
018 the stand (stephen king)
019 harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban (j.k. rowling)
020 +jane eyre (charlotte bronte)
021 +the hobbit (j.r.r. tolkien)
022 +the catcher in the rye (j.d. salinger)
023 little women (louisa may alcott)
024 the lovely bones (alice sebold)
025 +life of pi (yann martel)
026 the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy (douglas adams)
027 wuthering heights (emily bronte)
028 the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe (c.s. lewis)
029 east of eden (john steinbeck)
030 tuesdays with morrie (mitch alborn)
031 dune (frank herbert)
032 the notebook (nicholas sparks)
033 atlas shrugged (ayn rand)
034 1984 (george orwell)
035 the mists of avalon (marion zimmer bradley)
036 *the pillars of the earth (ken follett)
037 *the power of one (bryce courtenay)
038 i know this much is true (wally lamb)
039 the red tent (anita diamant)
040 the alchemist (paulo coelho)
041 the clan of the cave bear (jean m. auel)
042 *the kite runner (khaled hosseini)
043 confessions of a shopaholic (sophie kinsella)
044 the five people you meet in heaven (mitch alborn)
045 the bible
046 anna karenina (leo tolstoy)
047 the count of monte cristo (alexandre dumas)
048 angela's ashes (frank mccourt)
049 +the grapes of wrath (john steinbeck)
050 she's come undone (wally lamb)
051 the poisonwood bible (barbara kingsolver)
052 a tale of two cities (charles dickens)
053 ender's game (orson scott card)
054 +great expectations (charles dickens)
055 +the great gatsby (f. scott fitzgerald)
056 *the stone angel (margaret laurence)
057 +harry potter and the chamber of secrets (j.k. rowling)
058 the thorn birds (colleen mccullough)
059 the handmaid's tale (margaret atwood)
060 +the time traveller's wife (audrey niffenegger)
061 crime and punishment (fyodor dostoevsky)
062 the fountainhead (ayn rand)
063 war and peace (leo tolstoy)
064 interview with the vampire (anne rice)
065 *fifth business (robertson davies)
066 one hundred years of solitude (gabriel garcia marquez)
067 the sisterhood of the traveling pants (ann brashares)
068 catch-22 (joseph heller)
069 les miserables (victor hugo)
070 the little prince (antoine de saint-exupery)
071 bridget jones's diary (helen fielding)
072 love in the time of cholera (gabriel garcia marquez)
073 shogun (james clavell)
074 the english patient (michael ondaatje)
075 the secret garden (frances hodgson burnett)
076 *the summer tree (guy gavriel kay)
077 a tree grows in brooklyn (betty smith)
078 the world according to garp (john irving)
079 *the diviners (margaret laurence)
080 charlotte's web (e.b. white)
081 *not wanted on the voyage (timothy findley)
082 of mice and men (john steinbeck)
083 rebecca (daphne dumaurier)
084 wizard's first rule (terry goodkind)
085 +emma (jane austen)
086 watership down (richard adams)
087 brave new world (aldous huxley)
088 *the stone diaries (carol shields)
089 blindness (jose saramago)
090 *kane and abel (jeffrey archer)
091 in the skin of a lion (michael ondaatje)
092 lord of the flies (william golding)
093 the good earth (pearl s. buck)
094 the secret life of bees (sue monk kidd)
095 the bourne identity (robert ludlum)
096 the outsiders (s.e. hinton)
097 white oleander (janet fitch)
098 a woman of substance (barbara taylor bradford
099 the celestine prophecy (james redfield)
100 ulysses (james joyce)

also, a brief and painless personality test: what do you think, if you please, of this video?


uncle paul said...

100 *ulysses (james joyce)

I like the video more than I like the song; always the soft spot for retro sci-fi.

tom said...

Wait a minute. Mitch Albom is on this list twice? Dude can barely write a sports column. (Well, more than half of sports columnists can only barely write a sports column. But still.)

Re the video: you know, when Mates of State first came out, they just blew my mind. (On the B-side to the first 7"--the name of which escapes me--Kori's organ was just exploding in this triumphant solo. It was pure magic. Unfortunately, the station's copy melted in my car. Stupid vinyl.)

And then their first two albums came out, and it was more of the same, which was good--interesting play between hubby and wife, drums and organ.

And now? It just sounds like they are doing it over and over again. (Admittedly, I am listening on the sly at work, so I am not focusing on it totally.) So it's on piano instead of organ, but the shout-singing is unchanged, as has been the case since the Clinton administration. On its own merits, the song is fine, but it just doesn't impress me a whole bunch.

The video? That seems like it has been done before, too. Meh.