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Thoughts on Books

I've been going through all my books, trying to decide which to give away, which to keep, and which to take with me to England. I picked out fifty-five books that I would consider taking with me. Clearly, though, I'm not going to ship that many books overseas. So, I went through these fifty-five and immediately discarded three from the list. Then I picked out several which are "definites," the books I am most eager to read as soon as possible. These are:

  1. Anonymous — Go Ask Alice
  2. Asimov, Isaac — The Robots of Dawn
  3. Bourdain, Anthony — Kitchen Confidential
  4. Card, Orson Scott — Ender's Game
  5. Clarke, Arthur C. — Childhood's End
  6. Cooper, Susan — The Grey King
  7. Cooper, Susan — Silver on the Tree
  8. Dos Passos, John — Number One
  9. Ford, Ford Maddox — The Good Soldier
  10. Gibson, William — Neuromancer
  11. Grahame, Kenneth — The Wind in the Willows
  12. Greene, Graham — The Power and the Glory
  13. Heinlein, Robert A. — The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
  14. Lee, Harper — To Kill a Mockingbird
  15. Le Guin, Ursula K. — The Dispossessed
  16. Merton, Thomas — The Seven Storey Mountain
  17. Percy, Walker — The Last Gentleman
  18. Percy, Walker — The Moviegoer
  19. Shaffer, Peter — Amadeus
  20. Voltaire — Candide
  21. Wells, H.G. — The Time Machine
  22. Wills, Garry — Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit

The remaining thirty are "maybes." Now, granted, I'll finish several of these before I leave for England. I expect I'll read as many as two or three of them before I hit the road next Friday, another couple on the road, a couple during the five days I'm in San Diego, and maybe one or two more in the four days I'm back in Boston before leaving for London. So, potentially half of these twenty-two books, and probably no fewer than six of them, will be off the list.

Originally, I was planning to take about thirty books with me. But then, originally, I wasn't planning to come back to Boston every couple of months to see Katie. I'm thinking I should take fewer books, leaving a stash in Boston to replenish from, but I still want to take a few of the "maybes," especially if I've already read half the "definites." So, I'm soliciting your help. While the decision is clearly mine, I'm looking for your recommendations. I'm creating a poll listing all the maybes, and I'm asking that you vote for the books you think I should consider adding to the "definites" list.

Which of these books should I take?

Baldwin, James — Going to Meet the Man
0(0.0%)
Bradbury, Ray — Something Wicked This Way Comes
0(0.0%)
Brontë, Emily — Wuthering Heights
0(0.0%)
Cather, Willa — Death Comes for the Archbishop
0(0.0%)
Chesterton, G.K. — Saint Thomas Aquinas
0(0.0%)
Crane, Stephen — The Red Badge of Courage
0(0.0%)
Day, Dorothy — The Long Loneliness
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Dostoevsky, Fyodor — Notes from the Underground
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Dumas, Alexandre — The Count of Monte Cristo
1(11.1%)
Elie, Paul — The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage
0(0.0%)
Gaiman, Neil — Neverwhere
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Gaiman, Neil — Stardust
0(0.0%)
Greene, Graham — The Human Factor
0(0.0%)
Heller, Joseph — Catch-22
0(0.0%)
Hofstadter, Douglas R. — Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid
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Which of these books should I take? (continued)

Kesey, Ken — One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
1(10.0%)
Kundera, Milan — The Unbearable Lightness of Being
0(0.0%)
Lewis, C. S. — The Weight of Glory
0(0.0%)
London, Jack — The Call of the Wild
0(0.0%)
Maugham, W. Somerset — Of Human Bondage
0(0.0%)
Merton, Thomas — Seasons of Celebration
0(0.0%)
Miller, Henry — Tropic of Cancer
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O'Connor, Flannery — Wise Blood/The Violent Bear It Away
0(0.0%)
Orwell, George — 1984
1(10.0%)
Rushdie, Salman — The Satanic Verses
0(0.0%)
Russell, Mary Doria — The Sparrow
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Steinbeck, John — The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
0(0.0%)
Stephenson, Neal — Quicksilver
0(0.0%)
White, T. H. — The Once and Future King
0(0.0%)
Wilde, Oscar — The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
0(0.0%)

Thanks!

Comments

( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
surrealestate
Feb. 23rd, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
Anti-recommendation
As it so happens, I just read Go Ask Alice yesterday. Don't bother with it. Actively don't bother with it, unless you're just curious. As became clear to me by the time I finished, it is absolutely not a real diary. Someone wrote it and passed it off as such to try to spread an anti-drug message.
spwebdesign
Feb. 23rd, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
Re: Anti-recommendation
Well, it is short, and I have been curious. I'm not concerned with whether it's an authentic diary or not. Is it at least interesting, though?
surrealestate
Feb. 23rd, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Re: Anti-recommendation
Yes, it's definitely short. But sadly no, not particularly interesting (in my opinion, duh) because it just reads like a very fake diary. The writing style, the sequence of events... things just don't fit. But it's a fast read, anyway, so it's not too much of a waste of time.
treacle_well
Feb. 23rd, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Anti-recommendation
I say read it because it's short and it'll sate your curiosity. I found it interesting when I was 13, and haven't read it since, but I wouldn't be surprised to find it considerably less interesting now.
ayelle
Feb. 27th, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
Re: Anti-recommendation
Yep, that is exactly what it is. Propaganda. Somewhere I have the name of the woman who wrote it and the other fake diaries she published. Ugh.
spwebdesign
Feb. 27th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
Re: Anti-recommendation
So, it was a woman? I was convinced it was written by a man!
ayelle
Feb. 27th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: Anti-recommendation
I probably shouldn't speak with authority until I find the source I have on it (it may have just been something I was told in class) but yes, I'm pretty sure it was a woman.
lillibet
Feb. 23rd, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
I think you should take two or three books to read on the plane and then go book shopping. There are such fabulous bookstores in London and carting books across the Pond and back is silly.
spwebdesign
Feb. 23rd, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
But going book shopping requires money. It's not that hard and costs nothing to squeeze 20 or so paperbacks into a large suitcase.
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