Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

silly book meme

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Lately I see the "book meme" spreading its 100 tentacles to encircle and engorge itself, like a deadly boa constrictor trapped in a slinky factory.

The books are an odd amalgam of pulp and plenty. They give wide scope to the kind of "sophomoric intellectualism" that makes the weblog reading/writing experience so much fun. The list itself often reads as it's compiled by people whose ambition in life is to write an album of songs which reply, song by song, to each song on Tracy Chapman's first record.

I revolt into style, myself. I assemble my own list. I apply the following criteria:

1. my list must be fun to read
2. my list must be things I actually have read
3. my list must make no sense
4. my list must be my list.
5. my list must read as if it were prepared nearer dawn in an International House of Pancakes even more than the other lists do.
6. My list may contain novels, poems, and short stories, in accordance with my attention span.
7. My list must not suffer from the former 6 rules.
8. My list must include both things I've loved forever, and things I've only read recently.
9. My list must begin with Dr. Seuss
10. My list must include at least one sequel.
11. My list must duplicate no author duplicated, except by accident
12. My list must contain outrageous omissions I will rue forever.

You can interact with this list if you like. I know that I'm supposed to ask you to bold some books, and underline others, and italicize others, and blush about others--or something. But I'd rather you spare yourself all that agony of annotation. I'd rather have you comment, and in your comments, write whatever you like.
I tag nobody and everybody and the toes of imaginary bodies in rue morgues, ascending to Heaven.

1. "Green Eggs and Ham", by Dr. Seuss
2. "Podkayne of Mars", by Robert Heinlein
3. "Anne of Green Gables", by LM Montgomery
4. "The Rocking Horse Winner", by DH Lawrence
5. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", by James Thurber
6. "The Lees of Happiness", by F. Scott Fitzgerald
7. "Some Do Not", by Ford Madox Ford
8. "Corridors of Power", by CP Snow
9. "Goodbye, Mr. Chips",by James Hilton
10. "Resurrection", by Leo Tolstoi
11. "The Great Airport Mystery", by FM Dixon
12. "Great Expectations", by Charles Dickens
13. "Mr. Podd", by Freeman Tilden
14. "Jonathan Livingstone Seagull", by Richard Bach
15. "The Story of My Experiments in Truth", by Mohandas Gandhi
16. "Richard Cory", by Edwin Arlington Robinson
17. "The Once and Future King", by TH White
18. "Brideshead Revisited" by Evelyn Waugh
19. "Sense and Sensibilty", by Jane Austen
20. "Village School" by Miss Read
21. "All Creatures Great and Small", by James Herriott
22. "The Lottery", by Shirley Jackson
23. "Letters and Papers from Prison", by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
24. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", by L. Frank Baum
25. "Till We Have Faces", by CS Lewis
26. "The Five Orange Pips", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
27. "Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris", by Paul Gallico
28. "A Separate Peace", by John Knowles
29. "Strong Poison", by Dorothy Sayers
30. "The Lord of the Rings", by JRR Tolkien
31. "The Fish", by Anton Chekhov
32. "Meat Science Essays", by Michael McClure
33. "A Fighting Man of Mars", by Edgar Rice Burroughs
34. 1 Corinthians, 13th Chapter, the King James Bible
35. "Watchmen", Allen Moore and Dave Gibbons
36. "Voluntary Simplicity", by Duane Elgin
37. "Into a Desert Place", by Graham MacKintosh
38. "Discord: The Story of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra", by John Becker
39. "Jeeves in the Morning", by PG Wodehouse
40. "Absolution Gap", by Alastair Reynolds
41. "Rumpole and the Angel of Death", by John Mortimer
42. "Little Women", by Louisa May Alcott
43. "The Gift of the Magi", by O. Henry
44. "The Colle System", by George Koltanowski
45. "Dune", by Frank Herbert
46. "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", by Beatrix Potter
47. "The Skye Boat Song", by Robert Burns
48. "The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency", by Alexander McCall Smith
49. "How to Win Friends and Influence People", by Dale Carnegie
50. "Small House at Allington", by Anthony Trollope
51. "Testament of Youth", by Vera Brittain
52. "Silas Marner" by George Eliot
53. "Second Foundation", by Isaac Asimov
54. "Rendezvous with Rama", by Arthur C. Clarke
55. "The Lighthouse", by PD James
56. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", by Douglas Adams
57. "Of Human Bondage", by Somerset Maugham
58. "20,000 Leagues under the Sea", by Jules Verne
59. "Charley and the Chocolate Factory", by Roald Dahl
60. "Midsummer's Night's Dream", by William Shakespeare
61. "This is My Song", by Lloyd Stone
62. "The Joy Luck Club", by Amy Tan
63. "HMS Surprise", by Patrick O'Brian
64. "The Mask", by Paul Laurence Dunbar
65. "Dirge for Two Veterans", by Walt Whitman
66. "The Year of Living Dangerously", by CJ Koch
67. "Sea Fever", by John Masefield
69. "The Village Blacksmith", by HW Longfellow
70. "1984" by George Orwell
71. "The First Men in the Moon", by HG Wells
72. "Baroque Chess Openings", by Richard Wincor
73. "The Colonel", by Carolyn Forche'
74. "The Age of Grief", by Jane Smiley
75. "Tom Brown's School Days", by Thomas Hughes
76. "Remember", by Christina Georgina Rossetti
77. "Curious George" by Hans Augusto Rey
78. "Heidi" by Johanna Spyri
79. "The Secret Garden", by Frances Hodgson Burnett
80. "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit", by Sloan Wilson
81. "Anthem for Doomed Youth", by Wilfrid Owen
82. "The Lady or the Tiger?", by Frank Stockton
83. "The Citadel", by AJ Cronin
84. "I think that I shall never see
a billboard lovely as a tree", by Ogden Nash
85. "The Bridge of San Luis Rey", by Thornton Wilder
86. "Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster
87. "The Road Not Taken", by Robert Frost
88. "Franny and Zooey", by JD Salinger
89. "Slaughterhouse Five", by Kurt Vonnegut
90. "The World is Too Much with Us", by William Wordsworth
91. "Because I could not stop for Death", by Emily Dickinson
92. "Sorrell and Son", by Warwick Deeping
93. "The Curate in Charge", by Mrs. Oliphant
94. "Consider this, Senora", by Harriett Doerr
95. "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", by TS Eliot
96. "The Yearling", by James Steinbeck
97. "Some Words with a Mummy", by Edgar Allen Poe
98. "A Murder is Announced", by Agatha Christie
99. "The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan
100. "MASH Goes to Las Vegas", by Richard Hooker

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