Man, I Can’t Die Anytime Soon

Just took a look at the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (an idea I got from In Apprehension, who in turn took the challenge from Bookslut). And all I can say is damn. At this rate, I sure as hell can’t afford to die anytime soon.

But what the hell — I’m more the movie type anyway. Now, 1001 Movies...? There I think I’ll concentrate my efforts (and I may post a follow-up on that soon).

So here are the ones I’ve read — and remember enough about to be sure. So high school English class readings may or may not count; there are a lot on the list I know I read, but didn’t retain enough to really consider them a part of my mental library (not that I can recount every detail of these, but at least they’re over my admittedly arbitrary line for inclusion).
  1. Foucault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco
  2. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, by Douglas Adams
  3. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams
  4. Watchmen, by Alan Moore and David Gibbons
  5. The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
  6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
  7. The Shining, by Stephen King
  8. Interview With the Vampire, by Anne Rice
  9. The Godfather, by Mario Puzo
  10. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
  11. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  12. The Once and Future King, by T.H. White
  13. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  14. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  15. Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming
  16. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
  17. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  18. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
  19. Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell
  20. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  21. The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  22. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  23. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  24. The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett
  25. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
  26. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  27. Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  28. The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  29. The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells
  30. Dracula, by Bram Stoker
  31. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
  32. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  33. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  34. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
  35. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
  36. Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville
  37. The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas
  38. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
  39. The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe
  40. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo
  41. Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper
  42. Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  43. Candide, by Voltaire
  44. Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  45. Aesop’s Fables, by Aesopus
Man, just 45? At the very least, I’m going to have to go back and reread some of those classics that have evaporated from my recollection.

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