Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Upon becoming a size queen (with update)

Well, I managed to slog through The Naked and the Dead (which took forever), Les Miserables, and Cousin Bette. And then, looking up from my welter of books, I realized it was almost October. Beginning to panic, I whipped through some shorter works, like Freaky Friday and The Art of Fiction. Two books in two days! BAM.

I came to a belated realization: the only way I was going to finish 75 titles this year would be to specialize in short, easy reads. Accordingly, I went through my lists and started sorting them by page length. I picked out stuff like The Little Prince, Howl, Fat Land, and The Awakening, and I'm determined to read only those from here until the end of the year. No more long woolly 19th century novels. Take that, Victor Hugo!

(When you focus on only that criterion, it's actually surprising how many books are less than 300 pages long.)

I'm currently reading Fat Land, which is almost as compelling and juicy as an episode of My 500 Pound Life. But more scholarly, and less smug.

Update: I finished Fat Land, listened to the Librivox version of Northanger Abbey (which was excellent! And free!) I also read Howl and The Awakening, both of which I enjoyed a lot, and not just because of the sense of accomplishment they afforded me.

Here are the rest of my Rory unreads, with all of the above deleted and some corrections:
  1. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  2. Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  3. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  4. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  5. Bambi by Felix Salten
  6. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  7. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  8. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  9. The Bhagava Gita
  10. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  11. Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  12. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  13. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  14. Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  15. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  16. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  17. Christine by Stephen King
  18. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  19. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
  20. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  21. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  22. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  23. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  24. Cujo by Stephen King
  25. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  26. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  27. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  28. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  29. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  30. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  31. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  32. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  33. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  34. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  35. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  36. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  37. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  38. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  39. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  40. Ethics by Spinoza
  41. Eva Luna, by Isabel Allende
  42. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  43. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  44. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  45. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  46. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  47. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  48. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  49. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  50. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  51. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  52. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  53. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  54. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  55. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  56. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  57. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  58. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  59. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  60. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  61. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  62. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  63. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  64. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  65. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  66. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
  67. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  68. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  69. How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
  70. I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
  71. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  72. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  73. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
  74. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  75. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  76. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  77. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  78. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  79. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  80. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  81. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke 
  82. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  83. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  84. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  85. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  86. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  87. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  88. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  89. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  90. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  91. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  92. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken (Season 1, Episode
  93. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  94. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  95. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  96. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  97. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  98. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  99. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  100. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  101. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  102. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken, (Season 1 Episode
  103. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  104. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  105. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  106. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  107. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  108. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  109. Night by Elie Wiesel
  110. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  111. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  112. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  113. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  114. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  115. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  116. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  117. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  118. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  119. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  120. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  121. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  122. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  123. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  124. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  125. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  126. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  127. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  128. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  129. Property by Valerie Martin
  130. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  131. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  132. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  133. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  134. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  135. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  136. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
  137. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  138. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
  139. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin from Season 1 Episode (I believe this is the movie)
  140. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  141. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  142. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  143. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  144. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  145. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – started and not finished
  146. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  147. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  148. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  149. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  150. Sexus by Henry Miller
  151. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  152. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  153. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  154. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  155. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  156. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  157. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  158. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  159. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  160. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  161. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  162. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  163. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  164. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  165. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  166. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  167. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  168. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  169. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  170. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  171. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  172. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  173. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  174. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  175. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  176. Unless by Carol Shields
  177. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  178. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  179. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  180. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  181. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
  182. What Color is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
  183. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  184. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  185. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  186. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  187. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

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