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I am me. More than I was, less than I will be. This is difficult. Facts-female, southern, mother and grandmother. Abstract-a Christian, a loner, intelligent, somewhat arrogant, impatient with stupidity, an unusual sense of humor.


The Banned Book Meme

Found this at The Everlasting Phelps

Bold what you've read completely. Italic for partial reads. Continue to ignore the rest
Asterisk those you enjoy and comment where you see fit.
*#1 The Bible--I have read it through numerous times. But I don't believe that I will ever read it enough to understand all of it. There is just too much.
*#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain --I like Twain. Not necessarily everything he wrote, but the majority.
*#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
#4 The Koran
*#5 Arabian Nights -escapist literature with something edgy.
*#6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
*#7 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift --a lovely fantasy, but with an underlying morality tale
#8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - annoying, but I slogged through certain stories
#9 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne-- required reading
#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman--pretentious
*#11 Prince by Niccollo Machiavelli --fascinating insight into the human mind and heart
#12 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe --required reading
*#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank --read it as part of my fascination with World War II
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert --required reading
*#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens --have read almost all of Dickens
#16 Les Miserables by Victor Hugo -- found it a little tedious in parts
*#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker --loved it.
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
*#19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding --one of my first forays into "risque" writings
*#20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne --again, a fascinating insight into the past
*#21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck --read a lot of Steinbeck, too. Some think this is his best, I disagree
*#22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon --four years of Latin, I learned a great deal from this.
#23 Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy --required reading
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin --required reading
#25 Ulysses by James Joyce- another one that had to be slogged through
#26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio --interesting, but needs to be taken in small doses
#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell --required reading
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell --required reading
#29 Candide by Voltaire --required reading
*#30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee --oddly enough my favorite character is Boo Radley. But I always admire people who rise above their limitations when the need arises
*#31 Analects by Confucius -some of it is a little to esoteric or perhaps a little to oriental for my occidental mind to wrap around. But there are parts I admire--My associate must be the man who proceeds to action full of solicitude, who is fond of adjusting his plans, and then carries them into execution.
#32 Dubliners by James Joyce --tedious
*#33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck --required reading and depressing
*#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway -required reading
#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal
*#36 Das Kapital by Karl Marx -tedious, short-sighted, socialist bullshit
#37 Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire --a truly wacked-out hedonist
*#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle --I love books I have to work at
#39 Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence --required reading
*#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley --required reading, one of the few I enjoyed
#41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser --required reading-interesting in a off-putting way
*#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell --I live in Georgia; you can bet this is required reading, but not necessarily for a curriculum.
#43 Jungle by Upton Sinclair --reference my comment upon Marx's Das Kapital
*#44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque -I actually have a blog entry on the movie made from this book. My take on it's underlying theme is a little different from reading this as an anti-war book.
#45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx -- required reading -too simplistic, "capitalism is the source of all evil, the State will take care of you instead." Again, bullshit
*#46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding --required reading and incredibly depressing, but it exposes human nature in a way that a great many people don't want to see.
*#47 Diary by Samuel Pepys --fascinating look into a different time
*#48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway --required reading-okay, but too much machismo for me. When I hear about the running of the bulls, I root for the bulls
#49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy --required reading and too depressing
*#50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury --required reading, but not because of a particular class. Any book lover needs to read this one.
*#51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak --read it after seeing the movie with Omar Shariff and Julie Christie; oh, the romance and angst.
#52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant --extremely hard to keep up. A little too technical for real reading.
*#53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey-Nurse Ratched has become a cliche, but what a great one.
#54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus --this is another one to be read in bits and pieces
*#55 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller --funny, sad and ironic, sometimes all at the same time.
*#56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X --lots of bullshit in this one too.
*#57 Color Purple by Alice Walker --not too bad. Even when the characters irritate by their stupid choices, you can get caught up in them.
*#58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger --bad words(gasp)
*#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke --some I agree with, some I don't and it can be tedious
#60 Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison
*#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe --not too bad
*#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn --a small pebble that helped begin the avalanche that overtook communism in the Soviet Union.
*#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck --my favorite Steinbeck. I was in love with both the brothers.
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison --a little too much "it's somebody else's fault"
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou --some of it is good, some is just tedious
#66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau --I disagree too much with his point of view to try to get through this. "People are good, but commerce and property corrupt them." More socialist bullshit.
#67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
#68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes --another slogger
#69 The Talmud- read parts as an adjunct to my Bible studies
#70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
*#71 Bridge to Terabinthia by Katherine Paterson --supposedly a children's novel, but I have re-read it a couple of times.
#72 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence -- elevated writing with a soap-opera plot
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser --not too bad, but a little predictable
*#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler --in spite of all that came from it-this is interesting to read in hindsight. The seeds of his megalomania are there even at the beginning. A similarity I found in Mein Kampf and Das Kapital was the opinion that the "masses" are really stupid and need someone to take care of them. (Sound familiar, liberals?)
#75 A Separate Peace by John Knowles
#76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath --I think Plath was trying to evoke sympathy for poor, misunderstood females.
Didn't work with me.
#77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck
#78 Popol Vuh
#79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
*#80 Satyricon by Petronius -- read it for the shock value and the Roman background
*#81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov -- not too bad, but not all that fascinating to me
#83 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
#86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
#87 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder --I read and re-read the series
#89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
*#90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse --required reading
#91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner
#93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
#97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#98 Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood -disingenuous
#99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown -noble Indian, ignoble white man. Whatever.
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess- very, very strange
#101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines -reasonable
#102 Emile by Jean Jacques Rousseau -got irritated and bored
#103 Nana by Emile Zola -gets a little predictable
#104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
#105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin -also edges over into "it's somebody else's fault"
*#106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn -fascinating
**#107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein -one of my great loves
#108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck -strange, but sweet. I'm not that much into sweet though.
#109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes-a little on the emotional "aww, isn't this sweet" side

Looking back over the list at the ones I listed as required reading from advanced high school and college courses, most of them are depressing and full of unhappiness. Just what hormonally unstable, socially inept, emotionally immature geeks need to be reading. Stories that are truly uplifting.


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