106 Books: The Stephen Edition

Misty made me do it! Books in bold I’ve read; books in italics I only read part of.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’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 : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New world
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
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 : a novel
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
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 : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
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 : a novel
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 : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

We should make a counter-meme. Random quotes from the above, perhaps, such as “But, my good Master Bates dying in two Years after, and I having few Friends, my Business began to fail….”

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7 Comments

  1. seth vidal
    on October 2, 2007 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    What? couldn’t finish atlas shrugged? Did the 12 hour, 120 page homily near the end cause you to want to kill yourself?

    I got through it in high school and didn’t really have a full command of it’s ridiculousness until college.

  2. Joyous
    on October 2, 2007 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Being well-read is overrated. By whose standards, anyway? (You and what army of English teachers?)

  3. on October 3, 2007 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    That doesn’t surprise me that you’ve read or attempted to read most of them. Some of the books on the list I’ve never heard of. That’s also not surprising.

  4. on October 3, 2007 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    I read The Fountainhead because, in high school, some weird organization called The Ayn Rand Foundation was offering scholarships to the best essays about the book. I slogged through it, wrote my essay, and got nothing.

    Then I decided I should try Atlas Shrugged and foundered on the shoals of its icy irrational rationalism. To this day my favorite answer to that book is from Bob the Angry Flower.

    Joyous, the marching army of English Teachers Who Make You Read Classics will be at your door shortly.

  5. Chris S.
    on October 4, 2007 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I’m shocked that you’ve actually read The Silmarillion. I tried to read that in high school. I mean I really liked J.R.R. Tolkien, but you’re a special kind of dork to make it through that!

  6. on October 4, 2007 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Well, yeah.

  7. on October 4, 2007 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I’ve “done” the list and commented over here:

    http://metamagician3000.blogspot.com/2007/10/how-many-of-these-books-have-you-read_05.html

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