Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Autumn Reading List

In an effort to justify the buying of new books, I have compiled the entire list of unread books I currently have in Philadelphia. I would like to get through all of them before the end of 2006.

I guess I have to average 6 books a month to be done...but I thought I'd at least make an attempt.

  1. Shriek – Jeff Vandermeer
  2. Tumbling After – Paul Witcover
  3. Viriconium – M. John Harrison
  4. The Course of the Heart – M. John Harrison
  5. Use of Weapons – Iain Banks
  6. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  7. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  8. Collected Fictions – Borges
  9. The Confessions of Max Tivoli – Andrew Sean Greer
  10. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  11. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said – Philip K. Dick
  12. Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick
  13. The Game – A.S. Byatt
  14. Still Life – A.S. Byatt
  15. Babel Tower – A.S. Byatt
  16. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – David Eggers decided it wasn't worth it to finish...
  17. If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler – Italo Calvino
  18. Iron Council – China Mieville
  19. King Rat – China Mieville
  20. The Limits Of Enchantment – Graham Joyce
  21. Microserfs – Douglas Coupland
  22. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  23. Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
  24. Otherwise – John Crowley
  25. Out of the Silent Planet – C.S. Lewis
  26. This is the way the world ends – James Morrow
  27. A Wild Sheep Chase – Haruki Murakami


rauten said...

Let me know what you think of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. I read it a long time ago, but I am pretty sure that I thoroughly disliked almost everything about the book. In fact, I almost decided not to finish it which is rare for me. I guess I felt like punishing myself because I read the whole thing. If you think it's a good book or that it has some redeeming quality I might need to revisit it with a more open mind.

funshine said...

hey cindy!

that's quite a list. You make me feel better for being a compulsive book-buyer. My problem is, physical possession of a book is usually enough to satisfy me, mental possession being totally optional, so I have all these untouched classics. I think the worst one to have sitting on your shelf is War and Peace with a perfect spine...cuz you look pretentious AND stupid. Like, "oh you have War and Peace!!!" ... then "ohhhhhhh, you haven't read it yet, have you..."

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funshine said...

oh, this is steph by the way. yes I succumbed to temptation and started a blog. The plan was to write about med school, but I've veered off... check out the "lifelong itch to write" though. I was thinking of you! Seriously, wouldn't it have been cool to write a book together? I mean, even if it turned out to be total crap, I'd still buy a million copies and feel this great sense of self-validation. :)

CChen said...

Hey Ruthann,

Hmm I keep on hearing horrible things about Hearthbreaking Work of Staggering Genius from people I trust...not a good sign. I'll put up a review after I'm finished.

CChen said...

Hey Steph, your blog's great^_^, very entertaining. You'll have to let me know if you end up getting "Bonnie".

I was watching Dr. 90210 last night, and the plastic surgeon was ramming a giant pole into this girl (for fake boobs) like she was an inanimate object, it's amazing that you can treat a body like that. It all seems so delicate. BTW I try to keep my urges of violence down, but there something about the plastic surgeon on Dr. 90210 that just screams "kick me in the balls".

David U. said...

They need to get Dr. 90210 into that torture scene from The Cell. It would be a little less annoying to see him proclaim the insane beauty of his small intestine as it's wound out of his cavity. Fucking plastic surgeons selling boobs like they're OxiClean.

CChen said...

I would love to write a book with you Steph, of course I think I would want you to do all the writing^_^. Maybe when we're both old?

CChen said...

updated this list with links, so you can check out content on Amazon.

funshine said...

haha, I think you're talking about Dr. Rey. yeah, he's a douche.

"you know, I think the vagina is my favorite part of the body. It's just so cute! Look at it!"

and I know what you mean about cramming the tube-thing through the thorax to fill up the implants w/ makes me cringe, and I'm sure you get a ton of internal scar tissue afterwards.