Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Summer Reading That Should've Been

Class Maledictorian punts a literary question our way: What are the 5 books I'm vaguely embarrassed not to have read. Because I still don't have my blogging game on yet, I'm happy for the prompt. Here's the Phoblog Hall of Shame:

1. Moby Dick. I know, blatantly cribbing the source here, but I've never read it, and frankly, have little desire to read it. Of course, Fagen assigned it to us my soph year at CMC. Still didn't read it. If I ever were to have read it, that would've been the time.

2. Anything by Ayn Rand. I just refuse.

3. David McCullough's John Adams Biography. It's been on my shelf since two or three Christmases ago. Still haven't read it. Want to read it. Mean to read it. Haven't read it.

4. The Lord of the Rings and related. Actually, like the Ayn Rand, I'm not sure I'm anything but okay with having missed out on these books.

5. 1984. Though I can make the same We're-living-in-an-Orwellian-World-And-I'm-ma-ma-Orwellian-girl jokes, I can't say I've ever actually read it. It's possible I was supposed to at some point, but I never did.

Runners-up: The Great Gatsby; The Chronicles of Narnia; Wuthering Heights; any number of political philosophy tomes necessary to maintaining a certain level of CMC street-cred; Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them; Primary Colors; Tom Sawyer; Huck Finn.

So, now that we all know how ill-read I am, I in turn punt to Fick and NT.


Josh said...

I don't read books.

I know this is terrible and all, but I am a slow reader and understand things a lot better if someone tells me about it (thank you Ramsey "I dream of" Janini" for all of college) or I see the movie.

Robin Marie said...

What motivates you to read McCullough's John Adams bio? Not that I wouldn't suggest it, it is quite good, but it depends on what type of history you like; if you like the story/narrative type, go ahead and go with that, but in terms of Adam's personality and the consquences of his legacy (or lack thereof) I would suggest Joseph Ellis's Passionate Sage over McCullough's Bio. It might make you fall in love with him a little more; and, it's much shorter.