Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I find myself compulsively reading Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I'm staying up too late to read it, which is one of my measuring sticks for books--will I forgo sleep for it? The answer here is yes, because this is an intense book, and I never seem to be at a restful place to stop. How does this young woman write so confidently about the horrors of the Nigerian civil war?
I'm also getting ready to go on our family vacation for the summer, to Cape Cod. This year there is a great book to bring, and my sister-in-law and I had the same idea. We're both going to try to read Annie Dillard's The Maytrees: A Novel, which is set on the Cape. I'm hoping to have that meta experience of reading about the place I'm going to be.
Last time I was on the Cape, I bought Thoreau's book Cape Cod (Nature Library, Penguin), but it intimidated me, and I was much too lazy to open it. It would probably be wishful thinking to drag it along with me again, since we'll only be there a week.
Over at The Books of My Numberless Dreams, the wonderful Imani recently did a meme that I've seen floating around a lot, in different forms. I think I'll do it this time, so thanks for tagging me (and everyone), Imani!
I’ve read it
I want to read it
I’ve seen the movie*
I have it on DVD+
I want to marry the leading man/lady!
1 Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë, 1847
2 Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813*+
3 Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare, 1597*
4 Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, 1847*
5 Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell, 1936*
6 The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje, 1992*
7 Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier, 1938*
8 Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, 1957*
9 Lady Chatterley’s Lover, DH Lawrence, 1928
10 Far from The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy, 1874
11 My Fair Lady, Alan Jay Lerner, 1956*
12 The African Queen, CS Forester, 1935*
13 The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
14 Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen, 1811*
15 The Way We Were, Arthur Laurents, 1972*
16 War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, 1865
17 Frenchman’s Creek, Daphne du Maurier, 1942
18 Persuasion, Jane Austen, 1818*+
19 Take a Girl Like You, Kingsley Amis, 1960
20 Daniel Deronda, George Eliot, 1876
21 Maurice, E.M. Forester, 1971 (posth.)*
22 The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion, Ford Madox Ford, 1915
Tag, you’re it!