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Finally, the 50 books meme!!!

Holy %*(&#$ have I been busy the last six weeks. Since the last weekend in October I have done the following: an out-of-town wedding, two workshops, one conference, a fast trip home for my grandmother's 94th birthday, planned/hosted a luncheon for 22 people (for which I made THE most fun pirate-themed centerpieces, but forget to have Mr Psmith take photo, drat), one play, one fund-raiser at our local zoo, and picked out the Christmas tree.

Oh, and then there was the regular stuff like work and paying attention to Mr Psmith. He mopes when he's neglected.


Anyway, I've at last gotten round to finishing the 50 books meme. "The what?" I hear you say. "I think I remember that but it was ages ago." Yes, well, I shall refresh your memory: "List 50 books and authors that have shaped who I am, how I think, what I treasure in reading, what I aspire to in writing - in short, encounters that have left an imprint. I'm not talking here about reading achievements, but of literary documents (apply definition of your choice) that sent you careening off in intellectual pursuit or struck you with a sense of discovery or seemed exactly what you needed to hear at that point in your evolution."

Et maintenant, sans plus tarder, je vous présente ma liste. Ask away if you want more information on any of them. (Also, speaking of books, I will soon be doing my annual shelf cleanout and book giveaway, so watch this space!)

1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
2. Tolkien (everything)
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. The New Lucinda by Grace Gelvin Kisinger
5. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
6. Wizard of Earthsea books by Ursula LeGuin
7. Turn Not Pale, Beloved Snail by Jacqueline Jackson
8. This Star Shall Abide by Sylvia Louise Engdahl
9. Gibbon's Decline and Fall and The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper
10. Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer
11. The Quartzsite Trip by William Hogan
12. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
13. Bambi by Felix Salten
14. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
15. Magister Ludi by Hermann Hesse
16. The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg
17. e e cummings poetry
18. Countee Cullen poetry
19. Textual Poaching by Henry Jenkins
20. Caesar and Christ by Will and Ariel Durant
21. Foundation Isaac Asimov
22. Dragonsong/Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
23. Obituary page of The Economist
24. Ugly War, Pretty Package by Deborah Jaramillo
25. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
26. Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy by Patricia McKillip
27. Half Magic by Edward Eager
28. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
29. Animal Farm by George Orwell
30. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
31. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
32. Unicorns in the Rain by Barbara Cohen
33. my 8th grade geometry textbook
34. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
35. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
36. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
37. The Stand by Stephen King
38. The Cricklewood Diet by Alan Coren
39. What Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
40. The Spirit of the Laws by Montesquieu
41. Aristotle (Poetics, Politics, Nicomachean Ethics)
42. Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
43. Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey), by Dorothy Sayers
44. Terry Pratchett (everything)
45. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (illustrated by Jules Feiffer)
46. Dr. Seuss (everything!)
47. Life, Inc.
48. The Dark is Rising (all five) by Susan Cooper
49. Victoria Holt's gothic romances
50. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens



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