Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What To Read Now, And Why,.....Say What?

Got my new Newsweek today and turned directly to the article : WHAT TO READ NOW: AND WHY!.

Read it here:

I was chagrined to find that of the 50 books "I should of read" I had read exact 1/3 of one. They were counting Twain's three Mississippi books as one. I had read Huck..Finn.

But I had seen three as movies: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Frankenstein , and The Bear.

I've always thought of myself as a reader, but geez many of these essential books for these times I had never heard of much less read.

There are three books on my table next to the chair I read in. They are The Spear of Destiny, The Gnostic Paul, and Henry Stanley's book about seeking Livingston (although that one is in German which i do not understand, but that's another story). But still this Issue of Newsweek is making me feel well out of it.

So dear blog "readers" which of the books on the magic list have you read?


The Punk said...

Yep, the list's compilers are high. I've read a grand total of 2 and 1/3 (same problem)of these, plus having watched Bladerunner. I have to say that #47, Things Fall Apart, is one of the very worst books I've ever had to read. It wasn't intended as a pro-colonial book, but in the end when thing finally do fall apart, and the missionaries come to finish off the native society, I'm happy to see it destroyed. I doubt that's what is intended.

Carol said...

Gah, yeah, I've read Things Fall Apart and I did not feel the love.

You can not trust a list that has Ayelet Waldman on it. Others have done what she has done a lot better and earlier.

I've read 3 and 1/3, so I guess I'm the winner! (So far--I'm sure you've got readers who have read more.) Things Fall Apart, A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Frankenstein (do I get extra points for teaching it?), and Huckleberry Finn. I think I was supposed to read The Bear and I believe I started but didn't finish it (that Faulkner class kind of gets fuzzy at the end of the semester, and I know I kind of skimmed those last couple of books).

Okie Book Woman said...

Very. Bad. List. Who are these listmakers, anyway? I've read 2 and 1/3--A Good Man is Hard to Find, Leaves of Grass, and Huckleberry Finn. I'd say a good booklist is hard to find.