Saturday, January 24, 2009

I'm Still Here (barely)

I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted. I have been reading my favorite blogs and keeping up with what everyone else is doing in my absence. However, work has been absolutely crazy, and I'm just exhausted when I get home in the evenings. I've been doing a lot of quick knitting projects, which eats up some of my reading time. I'm finishing up Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman, which I am loving. I'll post a review soon. I also read The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on DailyLit. I just started The Awakening on DailyLit, and I'll see how it goes. I've tried reading online before and haven't been able to get into it. However, my success at finishing Benjamin Button (I know it's really short) has given me the courage to try again. I'll let you know how that goes. I also just received a book in the mail yesterday that looks really interesting. I ordered The 7 Deadly Sins Sampler from The Great Books Foundation. It's an anthology of great short stories with questions and ideas for further reflection following each story. There's also a brief bio of the author at the beginning of each story. It's set up so that there are two short stories which fall into one of the seven deadly sins. For example, A Rose for Emily by Faulkner and Good Country People by O'Connor are included under the sin of Pride. There is a really nice introduction to the collection which discusses the idea of sin and how it has changed over time. I could easily see this being used in college literature courses and by book clubs.

Finally, I saw this on several blogs and thought I'd share it as well. It's Entertainment Weekly's List of New Classics. It has been made into a perpetual challenge. I'm not going to participate in the challenge, but I still like to see how many books I've read and how many I have waiting in the stacks. Books I've read are bold, books I own but haven't read yet are italicized.

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
4. The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River by
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)
11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)
12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)
13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)
15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000)
16. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)
17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990)
19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
20. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (1996)
21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000)
22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz (2007)
23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (1996)
24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry (1985)
25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)
26. Neuromancer, William Gibson (1984)
27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)
28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)
29. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (2004)
31. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien (1990)
32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch (1988)
33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)
34. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
36. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)
37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (2003)
38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore (1999)
39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)
42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard (1983)
43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette (1988)
44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene (1991)
45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (1988)
46. Sandman by Neil Gaiman
47. World’s Fair, E.L. Doctorow (1985)
48. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)
50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001)
51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom (1990)
52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)
53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)
54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (2000)
55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (2006)
56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993)
57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)
58. Drop City, TC Boyle (2003)
59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat (1995)
60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)
61. Money, Martin Amis (1985)
62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick (1994)
63. Pastoralia, George Saunders (2000)
64. Underworld, Don DeLillo (1997)
65. The Giver by Lois Lowry
66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)
67. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (2006)
69. Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)
70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)
71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman (1997)
72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
73. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (1990)
75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (1983)
76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell (199
77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)
79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)
80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (1984)
81. Backlash, Susan Faludi (1991)
82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)
83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)
84. Holes by Louis Sachar
85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (2004)
86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts (1987)
87. The Ruins, Scott Smith (2006)
88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)
89. Close Range, Annie Proulx (1999)
90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl (2001)
91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (2003)
92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)
93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991)
94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (2001)
95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman (1999)
96. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
97. Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson (1992)
98. The Predators’ Ball, Connie Bruck (1989)
99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (1995)
100. America (the Book), Jon Stewart/Daily Show (2004)

I've read 9 and have 12 more in the stacks. How many have you read? Why is it that book lovers are so interested in lists like this?


Lezlie said...

That short story sampler looks really good! I may have to check that out. (Great Books is such an interesting site!)

I just started reading The Golden Asse on DailyLit to see how I like DailyLit. It seemed like a good way to start since I've been meaning to read it forever and can't quite get myself to sit down with the copy I have here at home. I always find something else I'd rather read. :-)


Iliana said...

I just love these reading lists although I usually don't do very well with them. I'm surprised but I've actually read 31 of these books.

Hope work turns a bit less crazy for you!

JoAnn said...

Weeks like that can be SO frustrating, hope things settle down soon. The 7 Deadly Sins Sampler looks like another book for my wish list. And I just love lists - I've actually read 33 of these!

Literary Feline said...

Hi, Lisa! Don't feel bad. It seems to be hitting a lot of people--too much work and other things popping up. The 7 Deadly Sins Sampler sounds intriguing. I'll be curious to know how that turns out.

I hope you have a great week!

Andi said...

I REALLY can't wait to read what you think of Blackbird House. It's by far my favorite Alice Hoffman book. Just wonderful!

Get some rest!

Becca said...

"New classics" is an interesting concept. I was just thinking recently about the books from the 21st century that might become "classics," e.g. stand the test of time.

I've read about 15 of these, so I have a ways to go!

Lisa said...

Lezlie, Great Books is an interesting site. I know some people don't like the whole "Great Books" premise because it is heavily Western and male. However, there are several books on the site that look pretty good to me.

iliana, 31 - that's amazing!

Joann, 33 -- even better. hehe You guys are making me look really bad.

LiteraryFeline, I'm excited about reading it. I've read several of the stories before, but I really like the questions included and the wonderful introduction. I'm going to try to talk one of my book groups into doing one of these.

Andi, I finished it and absolutely loved it. I was really bad and didn't make any notes or mark any passages. So, I hope I'll be able to do it justice.

Becca, it is a fun concept to think of what may be considered a classic in the future.

Lezlie said...

Lisa ~ I think too many people take lists like that far too seriously. I just like seeing what's on them and using them as I see fit. :-)


Lisa said...

Lezlie, I think you're probably quite right.