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Tired, red-wined. Meme ganked from she-who-memes.

"According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy Books of 1953-2002. Bold the ones you've read, strike the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn't get through, asterisks for the ones you loved."

What is this significance you speak of? )
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Ganked from [ profile] rimrunner, source of many good timewasters.

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

List of books behind the cut )
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Ganked from [ profile] rimrunner:

This is a (suspect) 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.

Tune in here for the exciting conclusion! )
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D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths has been delivered to my house. I am giddy with anticipation. It's like Xmas.

In my last post, I mentioned that the book was ranked 8,880; [ profile] amywithani reported earlier today it had reached 4,204.

It's now at 3,706. I hesitate to suggest that my dear readers were responsible for doubling its popularity, but I will not hesitate to say how happy I was to hear how many more D'Aulaires fans there are on my friends list and how many people intended to pick up the book now that it's back in print. Book joy is very, very powerful mojo.
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As demanded by [ profile] mumbojumble:

1) Total number of books I've owned?

Over the course of my life, enough to build a house out of. Hell, I gave up entire shopping bags full of books just moving back from Japan, and you know it's not easy building a library of English books in Japan.

2) The last book I bought?

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi.

3) The last book I read?

I'm going to cheat and say instead the two I'm currently reading: Sex and Rockets and Hirohito and the Making of Japan.

4) Five books that mean a lot to me:

1. D'Aulaire's Norse Gods and Giants, soon to be reprinted for the first time in 19 years!
2. Demian by Herman Hesse
3. Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
4. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, and the reviewers are correct in pointing out the superiority of the unabridged version; my copy was printed in the early 20s and is a delight.
5. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami; of all of his incredible works, this one is the deepest, pardon the pun; worth building up to by reading other books of his first.

5) Name five people on your friends list who should do this meme:

[ profile] tinymammoth, [ profile] bookishfellow, [ profile] hulkhero, [ profile] jhonen_red, and [ profile] narwhale. I've either never heard of or am not up to date with any of your reading habits, goshdarnit.


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