darcydodo: (goombarcy)
A hybrid variant (adaptations from [livejournal.com profile] aphenine and [livejournal.com profile] lordcodfish) of that book meme that's going around:

The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books they've printed, listed below.

01. Bold the books you have read
02. Italicise those you intend to read
03. Underline the books you've seen a film version of
04. Place books that you have started but never finished in round brackets
05. Place books that you read in school in square brackets

snip! )
darcydodo: (goombarcy)
These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

List of books )
darcydodo: (goombarcy)
This is a list of the 50 "most significant" science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished, and put an asterisk* beside the ones you loved. [And I'm adding: Underline the ones that you have on your shelf but have never read.]

Cut because 50 books is a reasonably long list to scroll past on your friends page! )

I also probably own a couple more of these than I've underlined, but I'm not going into the garage (where the bookshelves with most of my sci-fi are) to check, because I'm lazy.
darcydodo: (body writing)
Someone tagged me for this a while back, but I've forgotten who, so I'll just do it anyway.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.

The nearest two books to me were both dictionaries (one Latin-to-English and one English-to-Latin), which can't so much be said to have sentences, so I went and got the book that's in my backpack, sitting partway across the room. (Seemed better than picking a random book off the bookshelf). The first two "sentences" are salutations in a letter, but I'm counting them anyway. Apologies for it being in French. I'd translate it, but I've got gaps in my vocab. :)

Tula a offert à Lisbeï une grosse montre en argent de Liborne, obtenue en secret par mes soins à la Foire de la dernière Assemblée, et elle lui a aussi fabriqué une petite bibliothèque à portes pyrogravées; les étagères en seront vite remplies: nous avons encore eu la même idée, toi et moi, lui offrir des livres — un luxe extravagant pour des gens de Litale! Les miens sont assez éducatifs pour que Selva n'ait point trop sourcillé (les plantes et les insectes "correctes" de Litale, avec dix très belles planches en couleur), mais je dois t'avouer que tes Œuvres complètes de Ludivine de Kergoët n'auraient sans doute pas suscité autant d'indulgence si elles n'étaient venues de toi... Posséder personnellement des livres, passe encore, mais des romans! Des romans d'aventures!

--Élisabeth Vonarburg, Chroniques du Pays des Mères


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