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30 April 2008 @ 10:28 pm
Hello, my name is vorpal_pen, and I am addicted to books.  
I went to class. The teacher compared Diego Velázquez' painting, Las Meninas, to Transformers (There's more than meets the eye!). Whoot. I had fleeting thoughts of comparing Dürer's copyright suit against Raimondi to certain fandom kerfluffles for my research paper, but then I remembered I hate people, and shouldn't go out of my way to remind myself why.

Cheer up! Book meme! Stolen from shadesofbrixton:

The top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

Since the majority of the books we were assigned in high I read prior to the class, I'm going to underline the ones I own and haven't read yet. Yes, I know I'm a terrible person. But books are shiny! And I tend to re-read the shiniest ones over and over.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
Anna Karenina
Brave New World
Crime and Punishment
Great Expectations
Gulliver’s Travels
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
Jane Eyre
Love in the Time of Cholera
Mansfield Park
Memoirs of a Geisha
Moby Dick
Mrs. Dalloway
Northanger Abbey
Oliver Twist
On the Road
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
The Blind Assassin
The Canterbury Tales
The Catcher in the Rye
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The God of Small Things
The Hobbit
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
The Prince
The Silmarillion
The Tale of Two Cities
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
To the Lighthouse
Treasure Island
War and Peace
Watership Down
Wuthering Heights
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Life of Pi : a novel
The Brothers Karamazov
The Iliad
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
A Clockwork Orange
A Confederacy of Dunces
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Short History of Nearly Everything
American Gods
Anansi Boys
Angels & Demons
Atlas Shrugged
Cloud Atlas
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
David Copperfield
Don Quixote
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Foucault’s Pendulum
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Gravity’s Rainbow
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Les Misérables
Madame Bovary
Oryx and Crake
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
The Aeneid
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Confusion
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Fountainhead
The Grapes of Wrath
The Historian : a novel
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Kite Runner
The Mists of Avalon
The Name of the Rose
The Odyssey
The Once and Future King
The Satanic Verses
The Scarlet Letter
The Sound and the Fury
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Vanity Fair
White Teeth
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West

I did err on the side of caution: if I had any doubt I finished it or even made decent headway into it, I left it italicized or unchanged.

Read 20/106, Owned and Unread 10/106, Started but Unfinished 14/106.

Good lord. I mean, my GoodReads page does show that I own and inputed more to-read than already-reads, but still. I need to start finishing things.

Um, Dracula and Frankenstein are on the list, but Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde isn't? Well, actually I suppose that's a good thing, if it means people have read it. Y'all have read it, haven't you?
Marina: YES!sabrina_il on May 1st, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
Hold up, hold up, she compared Las Meninas TO TRANSFORMERS? I, um, have to go tell some people about that. Because. Um. Wow.

Also I like the book meme and judging by your answers I would highly reccomend (though I know you have a long list of to-read stuff) some Margaret Atwood (Oryx & Crake, The Blind Assasin, on this list). Personally, since you've read The Illyad, I'd highly reccomend The Penelopiad as an intro to her works, unless you're already familair with ehr and hate her or something LOL
Idiotbag J. McCrapheadbooboosheep on May 1st, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
the handmaid's tail was one of the most depressing books i've ever read.

vorpal pen: AH MUNNA EAT CHOO! by agent00vorpal_pen on May 1st, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
I've been reading The Handmaid's Tale for years. I started it one vacation in Cali, forgot it there, and picked it back up when I came home... last fall? And still didn't finish it. I fail.
Marina: liberal feministsabrina_il on May 1st, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Well, um, I've read things that were way worse for me (1984 OMG O_O), but the Handmaid's Tale is just... it's everything I love about sci-fi coupled with, you know, feminism, and um, BIBLICAL REFRENCES OF THE WIN (I *totally* know where they got all their quotes and what they sounded like originally and where they fucked up in translation). So, you know.

HI LARA. I keep alternating between picturing you as Lara Croft (because of you previous icon and you know, name) and picturing you as you that had pizza with me in NYC.
Idiotbag J. McCraphead: unlicensed artifact recovererbooboosheep on May 1st, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
HAHAH yeah 1984 was pretty horrible, but there was something about handmaid's tale that just crushed my soul. i think it was that scene where she was looking at the wall. D:

LOOK I HAVE ANOTHER LARA CROFT ICON THEN. i think you should keep imagining me as that because it's more flattering than how i actually look.
Marinasabrina_il on May 1st, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
I... do not remember a wall staring scene! But um, one of my favourite scenes in there (though there are many, actually) is when she's at the Very Special Ocassion and she thinks something like "well, my mother always said we women had to create their own culture. Oh, if she could see us now, we certainly have our own culture alright." and it's just... it's everything's that's wrong and there's so much irony there and just... augh. Love that book.

WELL THAT IS HER ASS, LARAKINS, WHEREAS I USUALLY IMAGINE YOUR FACE (in a very abstract way). But I, um, I like you you! I remember um, squishiness? Whereas, being the biggest freak in the world and never having played video games, Lara croft is just a chick in sunglasses to me.
Idiotbag J. McCraphead: the larabooboosheep on May 1st, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
there was a wall! they hung people they didn't like on it. it was a while ago that i read it so i don't remember all the details, but it made me cry from depressing so i remember that bit.

ARE YOU SHITTING ME? i wish my ass looked like that. and yes i remember! i still have your picture on my phone from the bus station when i had to leave to go back to the dirty jerz. :( it was sad.

i don't have any me icons so here's another lara.

also i just noticed that in my first reply i wrote "tail" instead of "tale", which is probably another book. i r gud at speeling.

Edited at 2008-05-01 10:23 pm (UTC)
Marina: school: procrastinationsabrina_il on May 1st, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
OI yeah ok I think I"m sorta remembering the wall thing. Yeeah.

HEE YOU STILL HAVE MY PICTURE? I must have looked awful. I do when I travel, in general, and after all those months of unfamiliar junk food fatening me up (no,s eriously, I never thought so many junk food restaurant brands existed IN ALL THE WORLD nevermind one country) and well, you know, being high from MEETING INTRAWEBZ FRIENDZ OMG. Yeah. I STILL HAVE YOU PICTURE TOO BTW. Except I also have a pic of you at like 14 in front of your house and with dogs on your lap.

Yeah see, that's the Lara I associate with you. You know for a long time I kept thinking you should get a Lara Croft icon, cos of the name, never realziing that this is in fact, LARA CROFT. LOL
Idiotbag J. McCraphead: break out!booboosheep on May 1st, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
D: it was so horrible. and then the rest of it was horrible too! HORRIBLE BOOK. but in a good way. i mean a quality way.

i do i do! you didn't look awful! and oh god 14 year old me with dogs. wait, i don't think i remember that picture. what's the dog look like?

(no,s eriously, I never thought so many junk food restaurant brands existed IN ALL THE WORLD nevermind one country)

WELCOME TO AMERICA, LAND OF FATTIES. seriously though, in my town (which is tiny, as you may recall) there are like... three take-out places and one mcdonald's and that's it. and people are baffled by this. we don't even have a starbucks!

LMAO. WHO DID YOU THINK IT WAS? i didn't know that. the full picture is pretty badass btw.
vorpal pen: the most amazing poet in the worldvorpal_pen on May 1st, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
I've, um, started The Handmaid's Tale? So when I actually finish that one, I'll totally check out her other works.
I didn't used to be so bad, but not finishing a book because I forgot it on the other side of the country happened a couple times and it started becoming habit. Plus, I work in a bookstore, so I'm constantly buying new books before finishing old ones. :(
Marina: school: after graduationsabrina_il on May 1st, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, you know, cool. :D The Penelopiad is shorter, lighter, and well, more fun than Handmaid's Tale but I personally sort of think of HT as one of those essential books everyone ever needs to read at some point. Of course, I'm weird, so.

There should be no ":(" at the end of that sentence. You work in a bookshop and get to buy loads of books. There needs to some kind grammatical Mark of Awesome there, and a period.
Idiotbag J. McCraphead: Jack is doing Sciencebooboosheep on May 1st, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
i read jekyll and hyde! :D

i just went over the list for myself and holy crap, i've read like FIVE of them. well, 14. i'm not sure how many i own though because i know my brother has a bunch of them from college, but i don't know which ones yet.

looks like i know what i'm doing this afternoon!

also i am not surprised that the fountainhead is on that list because my god, that book.

and whoever is not reading brave new world needs to do so immediately.

Edited at 2008-05-01 01:17 pm (UTC)
vorpal pen: Cedric McCakes.vorpal_pen on May 1st, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
My high school kept shuffling my english classes, so if I had been consistent in my level (ap, honors, cp), I would have read Brave New World in high school. But ap juniors and cp seniors read it, and I was in a honors class junior year and an ap class half of senior year.

Terribly interesting stuff, right there ::eyeroll::

::huggles you for jekyll and hyde::
Idiotbag J. McCraphead: evolve today!booboosheep on May 1st, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
see, i'm a nerd, so i read it myself after... uhh. i don't remember why, but it was after i read 1984 so i was in a dys/utopia kick. which is the best kind of kick! it's good if you like those.

omg i have so many books, what am i going to do? D: