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I have a lot of very literary people on my friends list, so surely we can manage this amongst us.

I want to rewrite that meme I posted this morning.  Not edit it, but completely rewrite it.  I don't want to go with bestsellers, or any other arbitrary appeal to authority when it comes to what books should be on it and what should be left off.  I also don't want to include a certain laundry list of the "best" books by certain authors, while leaving out books by other, equally good authors.  I'd like to, for example, ask people to give themselves one point for each book they've read by Jane Austen or Charles Dickens or Mark Twain.  I'd like to develop a sub-list for young adult literature.  In the interests of brevity, I'm limiting this to novels, which means many well-read people will not see themselves in it.  That's a cultural bias I'll acknowledge and address some other time.

So, if you were to make a list like that, what books or authors would you keep from the old list, and what ones would you add?

I'll start.

Under the authors category, I'd let people give themselves points for any book written by the following authors that were left out of the first list:
Madeleine L'Engle
Arthur C. Clarke
Carl Sagan
Mark Twain
Margaret Lawrence
Michael Ontdaatje
Robertson Davies

Your thoughts?
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A friend of a friend by the handle of [ profile] lebo_superman updated the meme that's been making the rounds regularly the last few years, to take out some of the inconsistencies and reorganize it a bit. Here's mine, with some commentary.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
3 Jayne Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
5 Harry Potter (any - 1pt each) - JK Rowling So that's seven points, because I've read them all.
6 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
7 The Bible
8 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien  I know, I know.  Apparently I quit about ten pages before the pace picked up, and I've never gone back to it.
9 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
10 The Two Towers - JRR Tolkien
11 Return Of The King - JRR Tolkien
12 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
13 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

14 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
15 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
16 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

17 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
18 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
19 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
20 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
21 You Can Heal Your Life - Louise L. Hay
22 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
23 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
24 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
25 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
26 Middlemarch - George Eliot
27 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
28 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
29 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
30 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
31 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
32 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
33 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
34 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
35 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
36 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (1 point each)
37 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
  So, seven points there, too.  Do I get bonus points for reading them multiple times?
38 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
39 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
40 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 1984 - George Orwell  Yes, I skipped this.  I got the Coles Notes version from being married to Piet.
43 Brave new World - Aldous Huxley
44 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
45 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
46 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
47 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
48 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
49 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
50 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
51 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

52 Atonement - Ian McEwan
53 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
54 Dune - Frank Herbert
55 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
56 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
57 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
58 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
59 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
60 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
61 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
62 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
64 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
65 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
66 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
67 Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
68 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
69 Dracula - Bram Stoker
70 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
71 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
72 Ulysses - James Joyce
73 The Inferno – Dante
74 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
75 Germinal - Emile Zola
76 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
77 Possession - AS Byatt
78 Common Sense for the 21st Century - Myrddin McGill
79 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
80 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
81 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
82 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert  In French, no less.
83 Five Wishes - Gay Hendricks
84 Learning To Love Yourself - Gay Hendricks
85 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
86 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
87 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
88 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad  I think I read this.  It was in the library in my town in France, French on one side of the page, English on the facing page.  I was desperate enough for reading material that I read it all the way through.  In fact I think I read it in both languages.
89 Courageous Souls - Robert Schwartz
90 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
91 Watership Down - Richard Adams
92 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
93 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
94 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas  Again, in French.
95 The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
96 The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire - Deepak Chopra
97 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo  I've read the whole thing in English and parts of it in French.
98 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
99 Illusions - Richard Bach
100 The Essene Gospel of Peace - Edmond Bordeaux Szekely

So, thirty-nine.  There are some I still intend to read but have never gotten around to it, like Dune and Watership Down.  And there are a bunch of books that ought to be on this list, like A Wrinkle in Time, that I've read and loved.

I should take some time sometime soon to write about some of the books I bought my students for literature circles this year.  I'm bringing myself up-to-date on current YA literature, and there's some really good stuff being written. 
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What do you think should someone be able to do by the time they are 30?
-Post your answer to the list below, it doesn't have to be in order.
-If all of the spaces are filled, add 5 more empty numbers and put your answer next to one of them.
-If someone has already posted your answer, put an "X" next to it.

By the time you are 30 you should be able to:
1. Be able to cook at least one dish well
4. Read a road map
7. Light a match without flinching
8. Sew a button on a shirt
11. Diaper a baby (even if you don't have one)
14. Do laundry, including folding it without wrinkles and keeping whites from becoming pinks
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When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

Vizzini: You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! *falls over dead*
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1. Describe your ideal 24-hour day.

2. Congratulations! You've just received an award. What is the award for?

3. You find yourself somewhere where everyone around you is speaking in a language that you don't share. Why are you there, and what do you do?

My answers in comments.
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I would be further to the left than the most left-leaning presidential candidates.

81% Mike Gravel
79% Dennis Kucinich
75% Chris Dodd
75% Barack Obama
74% John Edwards
71% Hillary Clinton
71% Joe Biden
70% Bill Richardson
45% Rudy Giuliani
37% Ron Paul
37% John McCain
31% Mitt Romney
28% Mike Huckabee
25% Tom Tancredo
20% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz


May. 21st, 2007 08:20 am
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Stolen from [ profile] tormentedartist. Should not come as a surprise to anyone.

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