Wednesday, April 30, 2008

All You Zombies

"All you zombies show your faces / (I know you're out there) / All you people in the street / (Let's see you) / All you sittin' in high places / It's all gonna fall on you"

Last night, I finished reading World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. Dusty didn't think I would enjoy this book, since Drew described it as an account of the zombie apocalypse. Well, the book wasn't so much a gory blow-by-blow as it was a compelling human-interest story written in a journalistic style. The stories were nuanced and not over-the-top; I could identify with almost all of the people featured.

This is the first book club book I've finished since February. Either I'm a lazy reader or the books have been suck-o-tash as of late. And I'm not a lazy reader.

So there's still a full month to go before the book club meeting. Perhaps this would be a good time to see what books on my shelf are just sitting there, waiting to be read. These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users*, i.e. they sit on the shelf just to make you look smart or well-rounded.

Here’s what you’re supposed to do:
- Bold the ones you've actually read
- Underline the ones you read for classes (at least once)
- Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish
- Put asterisks around the ones that remain on your bookcase, unread

Here’s how I fared:
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations

American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : A Memoir in Books
Memoirs of a Geisha
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 Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath [I turned in my book report anyway.]
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
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

I guess I don't care that much about looking smart or well-rounded; there's only one book on this list that sits on my shelf unread, and I finished more than half of the books I have read.

What does your "unread" list look like?

"All You Zombies" by the Hooters. *Thanks Cori!
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