Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Out of step with America

Just looking at Amazon's top 100 bestsellers and realised how few I have either read or have any desire to read.

I have read:

# 8 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - a truly beautiful book, one of my favourites of the last year or so

#18 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - one of the most over-rated books of the last year or so

#19 The Da Vinci Code - enjoyable enough, if you have nothing else to do [Independent Book Group #15.1]

#79 1984 - a book that deserves to remain a bestseller for a long time to come [Blog link: Rose and Rock: Orwell and Pope Benedict]

#87 Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides - even better than The Kite Runner

I would like to read:

#80 Black Rednecks And White Liberals by Thomas Sowell - see this post [Blog links: Video meliora, proboque; Deteriora sequor, Daily Scorecard: Jewish slavers canard]

#91 Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi - this looks really interesting [Blog link: Fade theory: Foucault’s probulum]

I would probably pay not to have to read:

#1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - should be seen as the leisure industry outrider for UKIP [Blog link: Blue magnolia: Harry Potter and Bluenettle's shame. New link: fortuna: My completely idiosyncratic take on Harry Potter]

#4 Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (although I like the idea that drug-dealing gangs have similar corporate structures to McDonalds)

#29 The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? - You were born by His purpose and for His purpose...


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