Book Meme Too

Jill did the book meme on her blog which led to a blog of one of her friends who had coincidentally done a similar book meme on the very same day.  (Whoa dude!) 

The friend's list was “10 Books You Think Everyone Should Read”.  I'm duplicating a couple picks from my other list but here you go…

1. Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank

2. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
3. Behold The Man – Michael Moorcock
4. Time's Arrow – Martin Amis
5. Down To This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big City Shanty-Town – Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
6. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer A Man Who Would Cure The World – Tracy Kidder
7. Not Wanted on the Voyage – Timothy Findley
8. Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs At The Turn of the Millennium – John Bowe, Marisa Bowe, Sabin Streeter (eds)

9. The Cay – Theodore Taylor
10. Stuck in Neutral – Terry Trueman

As you can tell, I tried to stay away from the “canon” classics – both adult and children's – because everybody knows you should read them.  Otherwise, I'd stand by these picks as some of the “best of the best” of all the books I've ever read.

(MeShell says that everybody at FIMS is reading this blog so come out of the woodwork people! Put your own lists in the comments.  This type of list is custom-made for librarians – how can you resist?  Just do a Top Five if you don't want to put off your RQ's or Cataloguing essays or co-op jobs for too long.  If you're a prof, you can post anonymously – I can't tell where you're posting from, honest.) 

Random Librarian Trivia of the Day:  Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every section of the Dewey Decimal System (via Amy's blog).

Comments 16

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Well, I could come up with a list, but…See, the thing about lists of the form “everyone should” is that, most of the time, everyone shouldn't. ๐Ÿ™‚ The best I could do is a list of books that have meaning to me, and which some people will love and others will hate (or more likely just find boring). I have decided people's reading tastes are Just Too Different, so I don't recommend books to people unless I know what kind of thing they like. And I tremble in terror of my first reader's advisory encounter, should any such thing lie in my future. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Um. Not that I'm trying to rain on anybody's parade. Go forth and list books! ๐Ÿ™‚ I'll even go ahead and rattle off a few of the ones I like, despite what I said earlier (obviously the librarian genes mean resistance is truly futile!)
    Robin McKinley – The Blue Sword
    Sylvia Louise Engdahl – Children of the Star (OK, I cheated, it's an omnibus)
    Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer – Sorcery and Cecelia (aka The Enchanted Chocolate Pot)
    Wen Spencer – Tinker
    …All from the SF/F segment of the universe. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I'd name more, but most of my favourites are series (serieses!), and I can't narrow them down to a single book.
    Why, no, I'm not rambling on here because I'm procrastinating on homework, why would you think that? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Posted 15 Nov 2006 at 4:29 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    A list of books, you say? I am still sadly committed to the theory that I can somehow manage to read all of the canon before I die, (and yet, am aware that I will die surrounded by mould, unorganized piles, and that copy of Ulysses that I keep meaning to start). But hereโ€™s seven off the top of my head:
    1. Shadows of War: Violence, Power and the International Profiteering in the Twenty-First Century by Carolyn Nordstrom
    2. The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
    3. Cunt by Inga Muscio
    4. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
    5. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
    6. Lures by Sue Goyette
    7. A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879-1986 by John Milloy
    – also, belated congratulations!
    Lauraleeโ€”have you tried the BSG yet?

    Posted 16 Nov 2006 at 2:41 am
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    So many books, so little time. You've reminded me of a couple of books that should be on my list – particularly the Diary of Anne Frank and Not Wanted on the Voyage. Thanks!

    Posted 16 Nov 2006 at 3:34 am
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Yup. I can feel myself getting…slowly…sucked…in…oh, the horror. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The destruction of all those planets wasn't as hard to take when I knew it was coming. (I did watch the premiere when BSG came out, but quit after I saw them destroy an entire galactic civilization…it just didn't seem a good omen for the rest of the series!)

    Posted 16 Nov 2006 at 4:00 am
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    I hear you on that “trying to read every book in the world” idea. Thanks for the list – some interesting ones there (guess which one caught my eye first? Man, titles are everything sometimes! )

    Posted 16 Nov 2006 at 7:12 am
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    I loved the original series so much but still haven't seen any of the new one. I know I'm missing out based on how people talk about it though – somebody called it the best series on TV (not the best SF series on TV.)
    And can I just say how much I love when people end up having conversations with each other within the comments on this blog!

    Posted 16 Nov 2006 at 7:15 am
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Cool. Any suggestions of your own?

    Posted 16 Nov 2006 at 7:16 am
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Lauralee, you've got a point that on one level, these types of lists are pointless. But I think the idea, at least with this meme though I might not have explained myself very well, is to post a list that isn't your *own* favourite books necessarily but books that you've read that you think might become *anybody's* favourite books if they were to read them – no matter what the genre is or what the person's own reading preferences or whatever. For that reason, another big element (for me anyhow) is books that will teach you something about yourself or humanity or our social condition. Or that will simply stun you with how good they are.

    Posted 16 Nov 2006 at 7:19 am
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    Oh, you want a list of “Books that changed my life”? That's an even bigger commitment than “Books I can read over and over again.” Is it wrong if 4 of my top 5 are by Dr. Seuss?
    1. Oh, the places you'll go
    2. Yertle the Turtle
    3. The Lorax
    4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    (Hmm, a possible title for my autobiography: “everything I need to know about life I learned from Dr. Seuss” ?!?).
    For #5 the only book I can think of that might fit your criteria for becoming *anybody's* favourite is Dan Brown's “Davinci Code.” Say what you will about the obvious Hollywood ending, religious inaccuracies, or screen-play style writing, as a mystery it is a page turner that is hard to put down and it does have the element of making you think about organized religion and the meaning we assign to it. I realized that it was this kind of book when my dad, who usually won't glance twice at anything that's not about WWII flying, couldn't put it down.
    “Charlotte's Web” and “Anne of Green Gables” are two titles that could also make the made-me-think, changed-my-life list and which I think a lot of people would enjoy. It seems to me that a lot of YA books are meant to make teens think about themselves, life, and the world around them. Or, maybe I'm just not reading the right adult books!
    Speaking of adult titles, that's a lot harder. “Nigger: the strange career of a troublesome word” by Randall Kennedy is not a thrilling read (it's written like a thesis) but is culturally signficant. So is “Pornified: how pornography is transforming our lives” by Pamela Paul.

    Posted 16 Nov 2006 at 3:22 pm
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Okay, I noticed two things before I could get my list determined. I have to agree with Lauralee about the top ten books one should (or shouldn't read for that matter). I think if I was to answer this question next week, my list would be different. Honestly, this wouldn't be the list of books that everyone should be reading, but at least books that were memorable to me for some reason or another.
    -Relax–You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left, Loretta Laroche (Simply hilarious. I met Loretta in Florida and was introduced to 2000 people as a result of a trashing a rental car (not my fault) and being without luggage for 4 days while at a conference)
    -Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, Lynne Truss (This book and her new book “Talk to the hand” are fun reads)
    -Tales of the South Pacific, James Michener (Having just seen South Pacific at Stratford, I forget the connection to the 1948 Pullitzer prize winner)
    -Baden-Powell: The Two Lives of a Hero, William Harcourt and Olave Baden-Powell (Probably a book that was more inspiration to me as a kid – probably not on anyone's “to read” list)
    -Maybe the Moon, Armistead Maupin (Having read this in high school, it was a somewhat wake-up call book)
    -Oh, the Places You'll Go!, Dr. Seuss (A gift at graduation…)
    -The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde (Humour, classic, seeing the play encouraged me to read the book)
    -The Little Prince / Le Petit Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery (The first book I read while learning French. The first book that made me cry – yeah, I was a sensitive kid in those days – a squirrel run over by a car made me cry too).

    Posted 16 Nov 2006 at 4:28 pm
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for the suggestions – awesome that your list is probably the most diverse of the ones that have been posted so far!

    Posted 18 Nov 2006 at 11:24 am
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Oops, didn't catch that you were Jill's friend that originally did this on your blog. Here's a link to your original post:
    …and your suggestions:
    1. Night by Elie Weisel
    2. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
    3. Howard's End by E.M. Forster
    4. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
    5. Middlemarch by George Eliot
    6. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    7. 1984 by George Orwell
    8. Fall on Your Knees by Ann Marie Macdonald
    9. Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
    10. The Bone People by Keri Hulme

    Posted 18 Nov 2006 at 11:27 am
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    I wonder if Dr. Seuss is the most life-changing author of all-time? You could probably make a pretty good case. We had our kindergarten teacher (we were her first class ever) back as our Grade 12 grad guest speaker. She read “Oh, The Places You'll Go” as her speech and it was just perfect. (Full circle, I'm a big fan.)

    Posted 18 Nov 2006 at 11:31 am
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    hmmm. tough question. I think this might uncover the fact that it's been ages since I read a “grown up” book…but here goes. I don't know how many I'll get out…I'll aim for 10.
    1. Jacob Two Two meets the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler – so good on so many levels…
    2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    3. America: The Book by Jon Stewart and friends (check out America: The Audiobook too for some good times)
    4. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    5. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    6. The Missing Piece and The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (and really, anything else) by Shel Silverstein
    7. Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell them by Al Franken (I heart Al)
    8. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
    9. Squids will be Squids by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
    10. The BFG by Roald Dahl
    I put quite a few children's books, but they're all books that I can read now and still find new things to love about them. The BFG…that books makes me smile just thinking about it. And Squids will be Squids….if you haven't read it, you should! I have it. I'll lend it to you.

    Posted 18 Nov 2006 at 8:01 pm
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    It's a nice idea. I think it's just that books that (most) other people think are great tend to leave me cold (well, maybe lukewarm…) That probably colours my impression of book recommendations in general. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 19 Nov 2006 at 10:35 pm
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Nice list. Curious Incident is great and I'll have to seek out the America: The Book audiobook. I'd take yuo up on the offer of the lent book but I'd likely not get it back to you anytime soon so it'll have to go on the “to read” list instead.

    Posted 24 Nov 2006 at 9:37 am
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