Sunday, December 02, 2007

Of lists and bells

Are you into lists? Over the past few years, I have made several lists of books I keep meaning to read, but way before I get through the list, stuff happens, I change my mind, and the list changes or gets longer.

I made this list in June of 2006:

Nobody's Fool ~Richard Russo done!
Arthur and George~ Julian Barnes done!
The March~E.L. Doctorow
The Collector~John Fowles
Catch-22~ Joseph Heller
Family Affairs~Rohinton Mistry
Waiting~ Ha Jin
The Fortress of Solitude~ Jonathan Lethem
Middle Age~Joyce Carol Oates
Bel Canto~Ann Patchett done!
On Beauty~Zadie Smith done!
Gilead~Marilynne Robinson
American Gods~Neil Gaiman done!
Three Junes~Julia Glass

(Notice that Saul Bellow is not on the list)

But now we are in an occasional reading group, so I will be reading Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen after Mike's done with it. And Beowulf is coming out as a movie, so I've decided to finally actually honestly read that. Oh, and there are a bunch of older John Irving books I'd love but never got to, and the list goes on.


Last night, we finally watched The Polar Express, which has been out for about three years. It was very surprising, what these film makers did with a short, poetic children's book. I enjoyed it very much, but I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone younger than ten years of age. It was an intense movie with some downright scary moments. It was well made and I was impressed with the effects.


Doug said...

Frightening children is usually underdone these days. I don't make lists. They intimidate me.

TLP said...

I don't make lists either. I just read things as I find them. In fact, you're my greatest source.

Ariel the Thief said...

I love lists. I don't usually read them but the bare fact that things are wrote down and listed, I can even forget about them as they are already listed... nice.

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Minka said...

I watched the Polar Express about a year ago...I was surprised too, I haven't picked it out again...although I own the DVD.

as for the list, Ha Jin "Waiting" and "Catch 22" I can confirm as good reads...I still have 100 years of solitude starring at me from my bed-side table!

Doug said...

I plan to make a list soon.