Monday, February 05, 2007

Fun Games Part 2

So, when last we left our hero, I was talking about some fun things I found on 50 Books. This one is a great List of Lists of the sort any booklover can spend hours thinking about. I can't possibly get to these all today, but I'll hit a few and give you the pleasure of contemplating them for yourselves.

Worst Books Ever, or Five Hours of My Life I'll Never Get Back
Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
Prep, Curtis Satterfield
The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
A Grave Mistake, Stella Cameron
Wizard's First Rule, Terry Goodkind
The Spice Box, Lou Jane Temple

Books I Have Lied About Reading
Moby Dick, Herman Melville

Books I Have Lied About Liking

Book-to-Movie Adaptations Where, Frankly, the Movie Was Better

Anne of Green Gables (PBS version)
The Hunt for Red October

My Brilliant Career

Books I Used to Love, of Which I Am Now Ashamed

Best Book Titles of All Time

Books That I Expected to Be Dirtier

My Real Guilty-Pleasure Reads, and Not the Decoys I Talk About Openly

Books You Must Read Before You Die, but Would Rather Die Than Read
Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust

Books I Refused to Read for a Long Time Because too Many (or the Wrong) People Recommended Them
The Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian

Books I Read Only After Seeing the Movie
A Room with a View, E. M. Forster

Books I Most Often Try to Persuade Other People to Read

The Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian
The Dispossessed, Ursula K. LeGuin
The early Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters

Authors I Wish Had Written More Books Already
Patrick O'Brian
Teresa Edgerton
Robin McKinley
Dorothy L. Sayers

Overused Plot Points That Drive Me Nuts

Books I Have Lied About Hating

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Plots Gone Wild

Books in Which I Liked the Secondary Characters Better Than the Main Character, or Books in Which I Wanted to Beat the Main Character Senseless with a Tire Iron

Books I Lied About Reading and Then Wrote an A+ Term Paper On

Books I Lied About Reading/Liking Solely to Look Smart/Pretentious

Books I Wish I Hadn't Finished, or Worst. Ending. Ever.

Books I Read after Oprah Recommended Them

Books I Will Never Read Precisely Because Oprah Recommends Them

Literary Characters I've Developed Crushes On

Books I Only Read to Impress Other People

Books I Consider It My Duty as a Parent to Shield My Child from Reading

Books I've Caught My Husband Reading That Made Me Lose Respect for Him

Parenting Books That Are Full of Shit

Best Books Not to Read from Start to Finish, or Best Bathroom Books

Books I Shouldn't Admit Made Me Cry Like a Baby

Books I Only Read for the Title

Books I Re-Read When I Have Nothing Else to Read

Knee-Jerk Recommendations

Books People Keep Recommending That, Frankly, Sucked Ass

Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card

Books My Teacher Made Me Read That I Really, Really Liked
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

Books My Teacher Made Me read That Made Me Question the Value of My Education

Books That Made Me Want to Have Sex with at Least One Character
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Persuasion, Jane Austen
Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers

Books They Let Children Read for Reasons Passing Human Understanding

Books I Actually Read but Got a Poorer Grade on the Paper I Wrote on the Subject Than My Best Friend Who Did Not Read the Book

Books I Read Because the Author Looked Hot

Books I've Read Aloud

Books I Use as a Booster Seat for My Child

Books I Love Even Though the Last Twenty Pages Made No Damn Sense

Books I Have Written a Prequel/Sequel to in My Own Head
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Books I Keep Meaning to Read, but Then I See Something Shiny
The Golden Bough, James Frazer
The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell

Books I Will Go to the Mattresses for, Even Though I Hate the Writer
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

Books You Must Read Because You Must Mock

Worst How-To Books Ever

Books That Were on the 'To Be Read' List the Longest

Books I Hated Having to Read in School, But Love Now

Books Whose References Have Worked Their Way into My Household Lexicon
An Old-Fashioned Girl, Louisa May Alcott ("I am fwactious, and I must be amoosed.")

Books I've Never Read But Have Read the Cliffnotes Version

Books I've Read Because I Liked Their Cover Design/Font

Books Which, When It Comes Right Down to It, I Would Have No Problem Burning
Books Which I Read Only for the Sex Scenes

Books I Pretend to Like So People Won't Think I'm a Snob, or Books I Pretend to Like So I Won't Hurt Your Feelings

Books with Covers So Embarrassing You Can't Read Them in Public

Books You Keep Checking out of the Library and Then Not Reading

Books That Gave You a Hangover

Books You Are Sorry You Didn't Read Decades Ago

And here's one of my own:

Series You Used to Love but Have Now Given Up On
The Leaphorn/Chee mysteries by Tony Hillerman
The Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters
The Emmy Hansen mysteries by Sarah Andrews
The Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries by Anne Perry
The Dragonriders of Pern fantasies by Anne McCaffrey
The Xanth books by Piers Anthony

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