Books Bought / Read

January 18, 2009

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but a conversation this morning (that will hopefully continue over a hot drink this evening!) brought the idea to the fore.  I also realized I should do it here, instead of shamefully and privately.

This will be a list, in no particular order (mostly how my shelves are organized) of books that I have acquired and not yet read (or, perhaps, started but not finished).

  • I’m trying to learn French, so I’ve got French text / workbooks.
  • Still in the middle of Kay Ryan’s poetry collection The Niagara River. They really are little gems of poems. Smart.
  • David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. I’m on p. 85 of 1035. One of the best things I’ve read in a long time.
  • Still partway through The 9/11 Commission Report. It’s very good, but other things keep catching my attention instead. Bright shiny things.

Now things that I make no pretense of “working” on, still in places on shelves…I got some of my library from my mother, so that explains some of the classics, because I honestly did read everything I was supposed to during undergrad except maybe one or two things. And I’m not mentioning big anthologies or reference books, because no one actually “reads” those.

  • The Gift of Death and The Work of Mourning by Derrida
  • James’ Portrait of a Lady
  • Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast
  • A Mordechai Richler collection
  • Dumas’ The Three Musketeers
  • Aristotle’s Poetics
  • Boswell’s Life of Johnson
  • A collection of poems by Elizabeth Daryush
  • The J. D. Salinger canon. I had some people working on this with me, *hint hint*.
  • I got 3/4 through Ulysses. (I really wish I hadn’t stopped. Now my momentum is gone, and I’d really like to have it back).
  • I have a Stoppard collection I’d like to read more from.
  • I have 4 LIS books – Reader’s Advisory for Public Libraries, Reading Matters, The Library as Place, and Canadian Copyright – that I need to get to.
  • Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Kunitz’ Collected Poems
  • Arendt’s Responsibility and Judgment
  • Conrad’s Lord Jim
  • A bunch of Carlyle
  • A bunch of Arnold
  • Said, On Late Style
  • Eco, On Literature
  • Calvino, The Uses of Literature
  • Hardwick, American Fictions
  • Bloom, Shakespeare: Invention of the Human and How to Read and Why
  • Gurr, Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London
  • Autobiographies by the two Stratfordians, Christopher Plummer and Richard Monette
  • Heller, Closing Time
  • Clapton, Clapton
  • Gladwell, Blink
  • Power, A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide
  • Philip Gourevitch’s book on Rwanda
  • Diamond, Guns, Germs and Steel
  • Newman, Here Be Dragons
  • Carr, Klee Wyck and The Book of Small
  • Heaney, Beowulf
  • Dorfman, Konfidenz
  • McCourt, Teacher Man
  • Naipaul, Letters Between Father and Son
  • McClung, The Second Chance
  • Hardy, Jude the Obscure
  • Plato, The Republic
  • D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love and The Rainbow (which I also have started and loved and for some reason left)
  • Tolstoy, War and Peace
  • Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
  • Grimms’ Fairy Tales
  • Davies, A Voice From the Attic
  • Woolf, To The Lighthouse and an anthology of essays.

Long list…and that’s not including the hundreds and hundreds of things on my Chapters wish list, or a new influx of books that might be coming from someone else’s library soon…

I thought I was going to start catching up, sometime, but I don’t think so. And that’s kind of nice.



September 13, 2008

Lots of people have done one of these; mine is from a fellow student / librarian (

Original rules: bold what you’ve read, underline what you’ve really loved. Italicize the ones you’ve started but never finished, for whatever reason(s).

(I will also add a “*” next to books which I haven’t yet read, but are on the to-read list).

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell*

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger*

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens (and yes, I did finally actually read it, and yes, it’s one of my Dickens favourites!)

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (bit of redundancy with #33, no?)

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley*

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker*

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray*

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas*

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo*