i can hardly believe it . . .

April 30, 2007 at 7:25 pm (nonfiction, personal)

so last week, around thursday, it finally occurred to me that i no longer have any full novels i have to read for class. this is a pretty big deal. i’ve had stuff i’ve wanted to read just for fun since my winter break, but throughout this semester i’ve had a LOT of reading to do for school.

but no longer!

so, with a strange sort of feeling, i started looking around my room, trying to decide what i should read for fun. i realized that, good gods, i have a ridiculous number of books that i’ve been acquiring for personal reading. so, for shits and giggles, i thought i’d list them off here, and if anyone takes a look at this, they can suggest what books on this list ought to be my highest priorities.

currently i’m reading:
If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
and Un Lun Dun by China Miéville

other books that i own (or have been loaned to me) that i have not yet read (in roughly reverse the order i acquired them, that is, newest books first):
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
1984 by George Orwell
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
A Walk On the Nightside by Simon R. Green
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Kafka On the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Big U by Neal Stephenson
Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve
Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
A Hunger Like Fire by Greg Stolze
Blood In, Blood Out by Lucien Soulban
The Marriage of Virtue and Viciousness by Greg Stolze
Last Call by Tim Powers
Bangkok 8 by John Burdett
All Tomorrow’s Parties by Wiliam Gibson
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Count Zero by William Gibson
Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
The Fermata by Nicholson Baker
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
The Lords of Darkness by Tanith Lee
Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins
Porno by Irvine Welsh

whew! that’s a pretty long list! and if this weren’t bad enough, i know there are at least a few others on my shelf i haven’t read, like all of Frank Herbert’s Dune books except the first one, but frankly, that’s all i had the energy for right now. and if that weren’t bad enough, i could name several more books that i don’t own but which i really would like to read. hell, tomorrow Palahniuk’s newest book, Rant, comes out, and i will probably try to pick it up pretty soon . . . despite the fact that if i just focused on what i already have it’s probably enough to keep me reading for a couple years. guh. oh well. it’s better than blowing my money on drugs and hookers, right?

anyway, beyond the two books i’m reading now, there isn’t anything i’m definitely planning on doing next (considering maybe doing the juvenile lit stuff first since it tends to be a fast read) so if anyone wants to make a suggestion, drop me a comment.


1 Comment

  1. Allanimal said,

    #1 on your list should be The Marriage of Virtue and Viciousness by Greg Stolze, and the you should send it to me (via our brother, of course). Other than that, The Big U by Neal Stephenson was pretty light and silly. Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins was a lot of fun.

    I haven’t read All Tomorrow’s Parties by Wiliam Gibson, but Apoptytgma Berzerk does a cover of a song titled that (Originally Velvet Underground, but I am not familiar with it). But all other Gibson books on the list are good, but don’t read as quickly as Fierce Invalids or Big U.

    And it seems like you need something silly and cheerful. So, after reading the Stolze book that I haven’t even heard of, read the silly books.

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