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The Silver Fox posted a meme of books most often listed as being unread.  The purpose of the exercise is to note which you have read (bold), read more than once (asterisk), did not finish (italics) and hated (struck through).  I’m a little ashamed about the ones I’ve read repeatedly (Dune) as opposed to trying something new (Vanity Fair).  Also, I wish there was a category for books in which “hate” was too strong a word. For example, I see no problem in reading Ayn Rand but feel extreme distaste for the Rand zealot; they’re inflexible and weird.  By the same token, I will never trust a man that is way into Kundera; they’re often misogynists.  I have noted these books with a %.  Those % books or authors should not be taken too seriously.  Also, there have been plenty of BBC or old movies out there that have done some books justice.  Accordingly, I have not read them.  Should I note them too?  Hm.  Let’s give them a #.

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrel

Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Wuthering Heights*
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose#
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary#
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice*
Jane Eyre*

A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma*
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged%

Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha*
Middlesex

Quicksilver
Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The Historian
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera*
Brave New World*
The Fountainhead%

Foucault’s Pendulum (I intend to finish this one)
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula

A Clockwork Orange#
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
1984

Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility*
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest#
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels

Les Misérables# (saw the musical)

The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Dune*
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury

Angela’s Ashes%  (it just depressed me)
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere# (actually, should have read this instead of watched the movie)

A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter

Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon*
Oryx and Crake
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita*
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye

On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood

White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers#

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i too have a cunning plan…

Its just now 5 pm and I have already had two healthy glasses of Vin de Sol (from Pearmund Cellars as per previous post) – an excellent Virginian version of jerez.  Why is that?  I’m in the midst of having a plantar’s wart removed from the bottom of my foot, and it seems that the first week of said removal has not gone at all well.  The doctor took a look at it today, two days after the first application of acid, and was quite disappointed.  He then took sharp instruments and dug out whatever he could – without the benefit of anything that might dull the pain – and sent me on my way with instructions to return next Tuesday for additional torture, er, treatment.   Did I mention that it feels like you’re walking on a pin/tack after the acid application?  No?  Well, now you know.

Not all is bleak, however.  Teh Smitten has received an offer of a job from an employer that might make him rather happy.  We celebrated Fourmonthmas on Tuesday, and he continues to subject me to British humor.  In particular, I’ve become very fond of Black Books, Blackadder (fans will immediately recognize the title to this post), and we’re in the midst of the Jeeves and Wooster series.  For the record, I think I prefer the current Hugh Laurie to the younger.  We’ve also begun the HBO series Rome.  I’m into it after only a couple episodes, but Teh Smit isn’t quite sold.

Literarily, I’ve now finished Sandworms of Dune (which is okay but nothing like the original Frank Herbert series) and have begun The Golden Compass (which I quite like already and am looking forward to the film in December).

We’re off in a bit to pick up a friend and eat our weight in sushi at Kaz Sushi Bistro, where I haven’t been in a couple years.   I figure adding sake to the vin de sol should really put a dent in the foot pain.

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