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Sunday, April 27, 2008

106 Books Of Pretension Meme

Via Pharyngula and Stranger Fruit, Drug Monkey has a list of Pretentious Books that I should read. I'm not very good at normal fiction, but I might as well put it up as well as it fits in well with the list theme of late.

Although, I must admit, my list only has 105 entries for some reason.

As usual, bold indicates the ones that I've read, italics the ones that I started and never finished, an asterisk indicates any books that I might have liked. Bracketed numbers indicate the ones that I haven't heard of.

  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  2. Anna Karenina

  3. Crime and Punishment

  4. Catch-22

  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude

  6. Wuthering Heights

  7. The Silmarillion

  8. Life of Pi : a novel

  9. The Name of the Rose

  10. Don Quixote

  11. Moby Dick

  12. Ulysses

  13. Madame Bovary

  14. The Odyssey

  15. Pride and Prejudice

  16. Jane Eyre

  17. The Tale of Two Cities

  18. The Brothers Karamazov

  19. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies [1]

  20. War and Peace

  21. Vanity Fair

  22. The Time Traveler’s Wife

  23. The Iliad

  24. Emma [2]

  25. The Blind Assassin [3]

  26. The Kite Runner

  27. Mrs. Dalloway

  28. Great Expectations

  29. American Gods

  30. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius*

  31. Atlas Shrugged

  32. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books [4]

  33. Memoirs of a Geisha

  34. Middlesex

  35. Quicksilver [On my to-read list]

  36. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West

  37. The Canterbury tales

  38. The Historian : a novel [5]

  39. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  40. Love in the Time of Cholera

  41. Brave New World

  42. The Fountainhead

  43. Foucault’s Pendulum

  44. Middlemarch

  45. Frankenstein

  46. The Count of Monte Cristo

  47. Dracula

  48. A Clockwork Orange

  49. The Once and Future King

  50. The Grapes of Wrath

  51. The Poisonwood Bible : a novel [6]

  52. 1984

  53. Angels & Demons

  54. The Inferno

  55. The Satanic Verses

  56. Sense and Sensibility

  57. The Picture of Dorian Gray

  58. Mansfield Park

  59. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  60. To the Lighthouse [7]

  61. Tess of the D’Urbervilles

  62. Oliver Twist

  63. Gulliver’s Travels

  64. Les Misérables

  65. The Corrections [8]

  66. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

  67. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time [9]

  68. Dune

  69. The Prince

  70. The Sound and the Fury

  71. Angela’s Ashes : a memoir

  72. The God of Small Things [10]

  73. A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present

  74. Cryptonomicon [Also on my to-read list]

  75. Neverwhere [Also on my to-read list]

  76. A Confederacy of Dunces [11]

  77. A Short History of Nearly Everything

  78. Dubliners [12]

  79. The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  80. Beloved [13]

  81. Slaughterhouse-five [Also on my to-read list]

  82. The Scarlet Letter

  83. Eats, Shoots & Leaves [14]

  84. The Mists of Avalon

  85. Oryx and Crake : a novel [15]

  86. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed [16]

  87. Cloud Atlas [17]

  88. The Confusion [18]

  89. Lolita

  90. Persuasion [19]

  91. Northanger Abbey [20]

  92. The Catcher in the Rye

  93. On the Road

  94. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  95. Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything*

  96. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values

  97. The Aeneid

  98. Watership Down

  99. Gravity’s Rainbow

  100. The Hobbit

  101. In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences

  102. White Teeth [21]

  103. Treasure Island

  104. David Copperfield

  105. The Three Musketeers
Okay, first of all, that required absolutely to much time. I had to go through and reformat the html throughout the entire list because it was completely farking itself.

Second, now I have a new list of books . . . If I ever manage to make it through the 99 books already on my shelves.

Third, I'm hovering around 1/5: 22 books read so far.

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