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06 January 2010 @ 01:46 pm
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softlyforgotten and I devised this 2009 book meme (primarily to show off how many books we read, because we are MEGA, ngl). Feel free to use and/or weep in envy.

How many books read in 2009?
Sixty-four. It is an awful pity I didn't get five more, I know.

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio?
64:0. And that's not something I intend to change!

Male/Female authors?

Favourite books read?
The ones I enjoyed the most were: The Dragon Keeper, Bright Shiny Morning, A Suitable Boy, Castle in the Air and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. There were others, like Vilette, that I appreciated but did not love. There are so many levels of liking when it comes to books!

Least favourite?
Albert Camus - The Outsider
Muriel Spark - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Herman Hesse - Siddhartha
Aravind Adiga - The White Tiger
John Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men
Thomas Pynchon - V.
Ernest Hemingway - A Moveable Feast
Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels

My hates are so much more widespread than my likes! However, these all had one thing in common: they were pompous nonsense with way over-inflated hype.

Oldest book read?
Gulliver's Travels

The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading, probably.

Longest book title?
The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading. (This so wasn't good enough to get TWO mentions.)

Shortest title?
V., lol!

How many re-reads?
Oh, loads. Particularly The Blue Castle, which I read whenever I feel down. (The silver wedding dinner scene!)

Most books read by one author this year?
Three each by Ernest Hemingway, Anthony Trollope and Lois McMaster Bujold.

Any in translation?
Two - Siddhartha and The Outsider.

How many of this year's books were from the library?
Twenty-two. In fairness, I've been nowhere near my library since I went back to college in August - bloody far-flung rotations.

Book that most changed my perspective:
Without a doubt, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. YOU NEVER KNOW HOW RIGHT-WING YOU ARE UNTIL YOU'VE READ THIS. Seriously, though, you start seeing the conspiracy of anti-materalism everywhere after reading this.

Favourite character:
Hmm. Toss up between Pilar (For Whom the Bell Tolls), Seymour (For Esme - With Love and Squalor), Lady Honoria (Cecilia), Ralph (The Portrait of a Lady), the Dormouse (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) and Abdullah (Castle in the Air).

Favourite scene:
Either the bed scene between Firoz and Maan (A Suitable Boy) or when Francisco rescues Hank Rearden from the fire (Atlas Shrugged). MY KINK IS OKAY, OKAY?

Favourite quote:

To achieve the virtue of sacrifice, you must want to live, you must love it, you must burn with passion for this earth and for all the splendour it can give you - you must feel the twist of every knife as it slashes your desires away from your reach and drains your love out of your body.
(Atlas Shrugged)

"Thee came barefooted," he said.
"Then thee knew thou were coming to the bed."
"And you had no fear."
"Yes. Much. But more fear of how it would be to take my shoes off."

(For Whom the Bell Tolls)

"The trouble is," Teddy said, "most people don't want to see things the way they are. They don't even want to stop getting born and dying all the time. They just want new bodies all the time, instead of stopping and staying with God, where it's really nice." He reflected. "I never saw such a bunch of apple-eaters."
(For Esme - With Love and Squalor)

Most inspirational in terms of own writing?
Probably anything by Salinger. He lights me up.

How many you'd actually read again?
Salinger, Rand, Call Me By Your Name (Andre Aciman). C'est tout!
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oopsoddishly on January 6th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
You'd really read Call Me By Your Name again?

... :/
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 6th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
FOR THE PORN. Isn't that a good enough reason for ... well, ANYTHING?
oopsoddishly on January 6th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, all enjoyable porn in that book was COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY OVERWHELMED OH MY GOD by the peaches.

I mean.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 6th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
... was he fellating the peaches or something? I forget. Clearly it didn't horrify me as much as you, whatever it was. ;D
oopsoddishly on January 6th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Was that one of the books I gave you? I honest to god have just been looking for it in order to type the passage out, but have been spared by its disappearance. ANYWAY, yeah, I can't remember which one of them it was, but not so much with the fellating as the fucking, as I remember /o\
rosaliewavesofwood on January 6th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
No, Call Me By Your Name was the peaches. I'D REMEMBER. >:(
oopsoddishly on January 6th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Oh lol, yes, I remember our conversation about it /o\ I meant, was it Elio or the other boy who was ... making use of it?

Wait, stupid question, of course it was Elio. With the, the sensual descriptions, and all. URGH URGH DNW.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 7th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
:( You no liked?
rosaliewavesofwood on January 7th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
I liked very much, apart from the peaches. Which, DNW. Was reading in public at the time. Otherwise, ♥♥♥!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: iconomicons girl of lightscoradh on January 7th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)
Oh boy, you are so not getting that one back. ;D Or Mik, or whoever it was actually owned it. They do not sell that shit here! It's a charitable action, okay.

Hmm, remember you're talking to the girl who wrote about RIMMING WITH LIQUORICE, okay.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 6th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
I heartily recommend it!

I KNOW RIIIIIIIIIGHT. All those ones where he's oh-so-casually touching himself in front of Older Guy ... nnnngg.
real men love discotakkatakkatakka on January 6th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
i haven't read most of these which makes my opinion useless but mmf salinger. so good. so good. was seymour the guy who tops himself in the bananafish story?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fashion: corset xrayscoradh on January 7th, 2010 09:36 am (UTC)
Yes, Seymour. ;____________; ILHIM. I really wish he wrote more books. He is YUMMY.
the claw-foot Lady: [hmc] this is magician!ryan insoftlyforgotten on January 7th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
He lights me up -- man, perfect description of Salinger. ♥___♥ And I have For Whom The Bell Tolls on my pile of books to read! BOOKS. :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands FOB Petey and balloonsscoradh on January 7th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
FWTBT is pretty much AH-MAZING. No lie. (Hi Howl!) But there is something about Salinger that is like ... living in a cloud when you read him. Or something.
fat girl rules the world: dean forgivenessfatgirlrules on January 7th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
I have read only a few of the books on your glomp, because you tend to read Serious Literature, which I tend to despise.

I will admit that you have me slightly wanting to read Atlas Shrugged, just because I'm such a left-winger. Not that I'm anti-materialist, really, because I spend a lot of money on electronics and camera equipment and books, but I'm also the sort of person who would (and has) given her last dollar to a stranger and would probably donate three hundred dollars to a worthy charity before I'd spend it on a pair of shoes. Maybe if they were a pair of really comfy shoes that would last me thirty years.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 7th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
It's not that I like the Serious Lit either; it's just that I want to be able to say I've read certain things, to have an opinion on them. Say Catch-22, or Ernest Hemingway.

I probably started from an easier place reading Atlas Shrugged, because I would totally spend three hundred euro on shoes. Especially if they were pretty and fanciful and mostly useless. :P I've always been kind of jaundiced about certain charities, because I wonder why, essentially, it's my job to help them. Like, when Europe was in the Middle Ages, or in the throes of the miseries of the Industrial Revolution, no one came to them with handouts. They managed to drag themselves out of it fine. Yet we're expected to gladhand Africa out of the same? Granted, this is a pretty ignorant viewpoint as I don't know the intricacies of either history, but. Yeah. That 'must give to charity to be a Good Person, money is Bad' is such religious indoctrination - it's rampant all throughout the Christianity-based faiths.

Anyway this is pretty distracted because I'm in three different conversations atm, so don't judge me too harshly!
fat girl rules the worldfatgirlrules on January 7th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Don't worry--your view is normal.

I actually refuse to give money to religious charities, because I distrust people who say they're collecting money for God. I bet if the old dude actually showed up and asked for it, they'd change their minds about who owned it.

I also don't believe that throwing money at a problem will fix it, I've never seen a situation where it does.

What I do firmly believe is that it is our job to help each other out, because no one else will. I just imagine what the world would be like if everyone looked after each other and our resources, and that seems like a pretty good world to live in. I'd be willing to never have a feast if it meant no one else had to starve. I guess that's what I believe in.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 8th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
I mainly don't trust them because I think it all goes into their pockets - in the case of teenage chuggers, anyway.

Did you ever hear of the idea that, if the wealth of the world was redistributed evenly, within a few weeks everything would be back the way it was? Certainly I'd rather pay for free condoms than support single mothers.
fat girl rules the worldfatgirlrules on January 8th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
I had to look up what a chugger was, but I can see why you wouldn't want to give money to one of them. I don't think I ever have. Especially not the Salvation Army because (one) it's a Christian charity and (two) ringing a bell in my ear wants me want to smack you, not give you money.

I have maybe mis-spoken a little. I don't think the wealth of the world ever will be or even should be distributed evenly, and I hate the way in the US a woman with eight kids can live on welfare and food stamps without ever working while other people who work every day live below the poverty line.

Frankly, I think everyone that can work should. If someone (like those welfare moms) is just trying to get something for free because they're able-bodied and lazy...no. That's ridiculous. I'd much rather buy condoms for her, true enough.

I just think that everyone should have the basics for survival: shelter, food, medicine. I don't think that makes me a communist, more of a humanist. Doesn't mean I think everything should be free, or that people who work harder shouldn't have more of a reward.

After all, I have about eight thousand dollars worth of computer equipment sitting on this desk and about seven thousand dollars worth of camera equipment in the bag behind me. I'm hardly living like a monk.