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Greatest Love Story Meme

August 14, 2007

It’s a slow day at work, perfect for a meme. (I got this from Ted).


I’ve read it
I want to read it
I’ve seen the movie*
I’m indifferent
I have it on DVD**
I want to marry the leading man/lady!

The list:

  1. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë, 1847*
  2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813**
  3. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare, 1597**
  4. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, 1847*
  5. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell, 1936*
  6. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje, 1992*
  7. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier, 1938*
  8. Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, 1957
  9. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, DH Lawrence, 1928
  10. Far from The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy, 1874
  11. My Fair Lady, Alan Jay Lerner, 1956*
  12. The African Queen, CS Forester, 1935
  13. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald, 1925*
  14. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen, 1811*
  15. The Way We Were, Arthur Laurents, 1972
  16. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, 1865
  17. Frenchman’s Creek, Daphne du Maurier, 1942
  18. Persuasion, Jane Austen, 1818*
  19. Take a Girl Like You, Kingsley Amis, 1960
  20. Daniel Deronda, George Eliot, 1876
  21. Maurice, E.M. Forester, 1971 (posth.)
  22. The Good Solider: A Tale of Passion, Ford Madox Ford, 1915
  23. The Goldbug Variations, Richard Powers, 1991


July 20, 2007

Emerging from weeks of inactivity, I decide to take a quiz, the results of which approach the reason for my weeks of inactivity:

You’re Mrs. Dalloway!

by Virginia Woolf

Your life seems utterly bland and normal to the casual observer, but
inside you are churning with a million tensions and worries. The company you surround
yourself with may be shallow, but their effects upon your reality are tremendously deep.
To stay above water, you must try to act like nothing’s wrong, but you know that the
truth is catching up with you. You’re not crazy, you’re just a little unwell. But no
doctor can help you now.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.


Top Ten Short Stories

April 28, 2007

On Monday The Literate Kitten posted a ten favorite short stories list, and challenged others to do the same. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

I must confess that I am not a reader of short stories, generally, and therefore my list has a very Nortonesque flavor to it:

  1. “The Dead,” Joyce
  2. “Investigations of a Dog,” Kafka
  3. “Gimpel the Fool,” Singer
  4. “White Nights,” Dostoevsky
  5. “Revelation,” O’Connor
  6. “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Hawthorne
  7. “Cathedral,” Carver
  8. “Barn Burning,” Faulkner
  9. “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz,” Fitzgerald
  10. “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” Salinger

Many of the items on my list also appear on tLK’s, which either means that we have similar taste, or that we both read the Norton Anthology…


Thoughtful Thinking Bloggers

March 12, 2007

I’ve been honored with a Thinking Blogger Award by Stefanie of So Many Books. This is all very flattering: I’m surprised and delighted.

I’m new at this book-blogging thing; when I started myrtias at the beginning of the year, gaining an audience wasn’t even on my lists of hopes and plans, so it’s wonderful to know that at least a few thoughtful, well-read folks are out there reading what I write. It’s always appreciated.

Now I shall nominate five blogs that make me think, trying to avoid, for the sake of interest, blogs that I love that have already been named by other blogs that I love:

  1. Acephalous
  2. Anecdotal Evidence
  3. Golden Rule Jones
  4. Stephen Lang
  5. Upper Fort Stewart

Wanna-Read: Top 5

March 7, 2007

Sure, I’ll bite on a meme.

Working with the general tenor of the Newsweek list, I’ll name books that I have been wanting to tackle for some time, but aren’t necessarily on my list of upcoming reads. Also, I limited myself to titles that aren’t presently sitting on my shelf.

  1. In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust
  2. The Golden Bough, Sir James Frazer
  3. Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
  4. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  5. Possession, A. S. Byatt

Either-Or Meme

January 24, 2007

A meme? Why not!

(Thanks to Classical Bookworm, who picked it up from A Work in Progress)

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I love a trade paperback, especially the blue-green Penguin paperbacks (which, sadly, are on the way out — a relic of times past). If it’s used and in good condition, I love a good hardback.

Amazon or brick and mortar?
Both/and. Used bookstores for browsing, Amazon if it’s a matter of urgency.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

Bookmark or dogear?
Horrors, indeed. Please don’t dogear.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
By author, within genres

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep keep keep

Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Keep for storage (unless it’s ugly)

Read with dustjacket or remove it?

Always remove. I don’t see how people can read with those things on

Short story or novel?
Novel, emphatically

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?

Collection, if it has to be something other than a novel

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter (preferably in the wee hours after having bought the new book at midnight). Haven’t read the Snicket, but I’m sure they’re lovely.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I’d rather stop reading at chapter breaks, and I do my utmost to get there. Making it a point not to read in bed helps tremendously

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
The former. Heaths preferable.

Buy or Borrow?
Buy. I can’t borrow books — it never feels right.

New or used?

I like used better.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
A mix, with reviews being the most influential.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Tidy, please. Especially if a deeply tense compromise has been achieved.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
I like reading in the morning best, especially if it’s a difficult text. The afternoon is great for light novels.

Standalone or series?

Standalone. Unless it’s fantasy, which it almost never is.

Favorite series?
The Contract with God Trilogy, Will Eisner

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Saving the hard ones for last, eh? How about The Book of Leviathan by Peter Blegvad.

Favorite books read last year?
Life & Times of Michael K, The Contract with God Trilogy, Pale Fire, Christopher Marlowe: Five Plays, Fun Home, The Odyssey

Favorite books of all time?
Middlemarch, To the Lighthouse, Ulysses

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