Is it neurotic? Or the smackdown of a challenge?

Last week, my sister Kim and I were casually conversing about ships and books and sealing wax – except not so much with the ships and the sealing wax – and I mentioned that my To Read list seemed a bit empty. It was down to 47 books. Yes, yes, that is a ridiculously high number. In my own defense, I do know I’m a bit neurotic. But the problem is that some of those books are non-fiction (which is far, far away from the fiction section at the library and I’m lazy) and some of them are very recently published and some of them just aren’t to be found. The point is that I like to have a beefy list so that I have several books to choose from the ones I can find at the library.

My sister thought this was all Quite Amusing and sort of challenged me to boost my list up to 100 books. So. I do what I do when I’m thusly challenged: I made her eat her words. (Someone’s words anyway. Lots of them.) Then I asked her if she thought it would be boring to post my list. We then decided we were too biased in favor of both lists and books to come to any sort of objective decision. Then I remembered this is my blog and I can do what I want (and you’re probably all tired of reading about death and destruction ’round here anyways).

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, I give you my Incredibly Neurotic and Extremely Long To-Read List:

  1. Anatomy of Deception – Lawrence Goldstein
  2. What is the What – Dave Eggers (I read his Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and hated it. But I really want to “get” the brilliance everyone claims he has.)
  3. The Beach – Alex Garland
  4. The Dante Club – Matthew Pearl
  5. A Mercy – Toni Morrison
  6. Love – Toni Morrison
  7. Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
  8. Nightlight: A Parody – Harvard Lampoon
  9. Little Bee – Chris Cleave
  10. Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Stewart
  11. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
  12. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
  13. Heart Shaped Box – Joe Hill (This is Stephen King’s son. He looks creepily like his dad. I can’t wait to read this!)
  14. Admission – Stephanie Kallos
  15. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  16. Killer Angels – Michael Shaara
  17. The Hour I First Believed – Wally Lamb
  18. Hunger of Memory – Richard Rodriguez
  19. Lush Life – Richard Price
  20. Hunger Games (#1) – Suzanne Collins
  21. Catching Fire (#2) – Suzanne Collins
  22. Mockingjay (#3) – Suzanne Collins
  23. Pictures of a Dying Man – Agymah Kamau* (Can’t wait to read this one. His novel Flickering Shadows was one of the ones I discussed in my honors thesis.)
  24. Mad Desire to Dance – Elie Wiesel
  25. Dear American Airlines – Jonathan Miles (non-fiction)
  26. Sway – Zachary Lazar
  27. Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris
  28. Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
  29. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  30. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  31. Me Talk Pretty One Day – Dave Sedaris (non-fiction)
  32. Sag Harbor – Colson Whitehead
  33. What Can I Do When Everything’s On Fire? – Elizabeth Graver
  34. Death With Interruptions – Jose Saramego
  35. Sky Below – Stacey D’Erasmo
  36. Sing Them Home – Stephanie Kallos
  37. Slaughterhouse-5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  38. All Souls – Michael Patrick MacDonald
  39. The Other Hand – Chris Cleave
  40. About a Boy – Nick Hornby
  41. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonsen
  42. Long Way Down – Nick Hornby
  43. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  44. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky – Heidi Durrow
  45. Book of Lost Things – John Connolly*
  46. DaVinci Code – Dan Brown
  47. My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story – Abraham Verghese
  48. Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order – Joan Wickersham
  49. J. Edgar Hoover – Curt Gentry (non-fiction)
  50. Philadelphia Fire – John Edgar Wideman
  51. Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
  52. Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  53. Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  54. Call of the Wild – Jack London
  55. Songs in Ordinary Time – Mary McGarry Morris
  56. Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck*
  57. Deep End of the Ocean – Jacquelyn Mitchard*
  58. Astrid and Veronika – Linda Olsson
  59. True Story of Hansel and Gretel – Louise Murphy
  60. In the Woods – Tana French
  61. Julie & Julia – Julie Powell*
  62. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood – Koren Zailckas
  63. Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  64. Possession – A.S. Byatt*
  65. The White Tiger – Avarind Adiga
  66. The Sea – John Banville
  67. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  68. Sacred Hunger – Barry Unsworth*
  69. She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
  70. Black and Blue – Anna Quinlan
  71. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  72. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  73. Stephen Fry in America – Stephen Fry (non-fiction)*
  74. The Fry Chronicles – Stephen Fry (non-fiction)*
  75. Revenge: A Novel – Stephen Fry (little obsessed? Maybe.)
  76. Titan’s Curse (Olympians #3) – Rick Riordan (YA)
  77. Battle of the Labyrinth (Olympians #4) – Rick Riordan (YA)
  78. Last Olympian (Olympians #5) – Rick Riordan (YA)
  79. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  80. The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson
  81. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson
  82. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher (YA)
  83. The Swan Thieves – Elizabeth Kostova
  84. Alice I Have Been – Melanie Benjamin*
  85. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
  86. Child Called It – Dave Pelzer (non-fiction)
  87. Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
  88. Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  89. All Souls – Christine Schutt
  90. Tree of Smoke – Denis Johnson
  91. Echo Maker – Ricard Powers
  92. The Bright Forever – Lee Martin
  93. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  94. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne (Are there any movies not made from books anymore?)
  95. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
  96. The Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  97. American Psycho – Brett Easton Ellis
  98. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie (YA)
  99. Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli (YA)
  100. Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy (Which, apparently, is neither about princes nor tides.)

You – you, there – congratulations. You’re the only one who made it to the bottom of my list. Heh. Welcome to Neurotica. We have t-shirts. (And also excellent taste.)

*These are the books at the tip-toppity of my To-Read List.

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7 Responses to “Is it neurotic? Or the smackdown of a challenge?”

  1. Agent Torklepants Says:

    I’m almost done with #30 I really really like it. I have numbers 38 & 37, and also 79 so dont buy them. But do buy # 80 i would like to read it lol. and i remember trying to get into #99 when it first came out and couldnt, i’m curious to read your thoughts about it once you’ve read it =]

    ps
    i couldve just put the titles but i thought id make you go back and look over your list & match up the numbers since you made me treck all the way down to Neurotica (is it just me or are things much fuzzier down here? ;0] )

  2. Katie Says:

    @ Rhi: Is Never Let Me Go better than Remains of the Day? Because that I didn’t enjoy so much. If you could send All Souls (the Southie one) and Slaughterhouse-5 and Girl with the Drag Tattoo (and my Summer Sisters), that would be awesome.

  3. Gayle Says:

    Wow! What a list!

  4. Kathy Says:

    Interesting a list. Really seems to be a bit of everything. I think I read 7 when I was about 17 or 18. I remember liking it a lot and being so disappointed by the movie. Reading 79 now and starting to enjoy it. I can’t believe you haven’t read 27 – that surprises me.

  5. Katie Says:

    @ Kathy: I keep checking the library for Silence of the Lambs and the didn’t have it…then I realized they have a separate horror section but had already picked out an armful of books. Le sigh. I was disappointed by the movie, so I’m hoping the book is a bit scarier.

  6. Kim Says:

    The Silence of the Lambs trilogy is high up on Allie’s fave list…she *must* own them and might be willing to contribute to your Borrowed Books Shelf. Will inquire with her and contrive a pick-up if possible 🙂

  7. I might have gone ’round the bend (but at least there are books here). « Can’t Get There From Here Says:

    […] getting done, at least according to those lists, I have to end with linking back to my To Read list I posted at the end of 2010. I’m proud to say that I read 37 books off that list of 100. […]

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