First, I'd like to plug some new sites by talented friends.
The Poet is now playing in a Baltimore-area band, Red Tractor Factory. Their MySpace page includes some sample songs. They remind me of early Velvet Underground.
Another friend, The Drummer (no connection to The Poet's band), who is currently a DC lawyer and has written for my online literary quaterly, Wild Violet, has started a brilliant political blog, Inside-Out the Beltway.
And here's the personal page of an artist I've known for several years, Jacqueline Bayer. You can purchase her jewelry, artwork and photos from her site.
I've finally jumped on the LibraryThing meme bandwagon.
What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded.
Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.
Here's the twist: add (*) beside the ones you liked and would (or did) read again or recommend. Even if you read them for school in the first place.
I've read 33 of them all the way through. Not too shabby, I guess.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Crime and Punishment.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Life of Pi: A Novel
The Name of the Rose
The Odyssey *
Pride and Prejudice
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
War and Peace
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Iliad *
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Great Expectations *
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Memoirs of a Geisha (This is on my "books to read" shelf)
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 Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange *
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray *
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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
A Confederacy of Dunces *
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter *
Eats, Shoots & Leaves *
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake: A Novel
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Persuasion
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 *
Watership Down *
The Hobbit *
In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
David Copperfield *
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You shouldn't have to think too hard on Fridays.