sprite writes
broodings from the burrow

April 7, 2008

how’s my perfect library?
posted by soe 6:01 pm

The Telegraph has come up with the 110 books they claim will constitute the perfect library. As with any list like this, I don’t do well. But I enjoy examining them and seeing what specific entities (in this case a British newspaper that focuses on European classics) think I ought to have read.

Here’s how I fall out with their list:

Classics: I’ve read four completely (Austen, Bronte, Trollope, and Swift); two more are on my to-read list for this year.

Poetry: This is the hardest category, as I’ve definitely read snippets of at least all of the poets they’ve include. I’d have to look at the specific works to see which ones I’ve read completely. I know it’s at least one, but it could easily be more.

Literary Fiction: Thank god for Toni Morrison. Otherwise I haven’t read any of these, although I’ve read other work by some of the authors.

Romantic Fiction: I’ve read two (Rebecca and Gone with the Wind and two others are on my list to read soon.

Children’s Books: At last! a category in which I do well! I’m not sure if I’ve read Treasure Island all the way through or if I’ve just read snippets. I do know I didn’t like it (although I can see its merits). Otherwise I agree with and have read the lot.

Sci-Fi: It strikes me that usually you’re either a fantasy reader or a sci-fi reader and I definitely fall into the former category. I’ve read 1984 and am in the middle of listening to the Librivox version of Frankenstein through CraftLit. Should I bother with any of the others? It seems like I ought to read Jules Verne at the very least…

Crime: I haven’t read any of these, although I have read some of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Collins, Christie, Chandler, Doyle, and Hammett are all on my list.

Books that Changed the World: I’ve read excerpts of nearly all these works, but was turned off by de Tocqueville’s introduction the only time I ever attempted to read any of them unabridged. This category, in particular, would seem to be a weak link in my literary creds. Any suggestions on where to start first?

Books that Changed Your World: Mayle’s work is a favorite and I read A Child Called ‘It’ back in middle school, I think. I gave up on Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance from disinterest. Truss, Schott, Adams, and maybe Gladwell are all on my list.

History: I think it’s a bad sign that I’ve hardly even heard of any of these books…

Lives: I started Gaskell at one point…

Hmmm… looks like I’d better hit the non-fiction section of the library sometime soon…

Category: books. There is/are 5 Comments.

college basketball finals
posted by soe 3:09 pm

This article from yesterday’s New York Times gives ten great reasons why women’s college basketball rocks at least as much as (if not more than) the men’s game.

It continues to frustrate me that women’s sports continue to be thought less of than men’s. Have those naysayers ever seen a women’s NCAA Div I game? These are elite women players with skills to rival their male counterparts (and often brains to surpass them).

Unfortunately, on a personal level, last night my beloved UConn women fell to the Stanford Cardinals. Several of our key players were injured, but, frankly, Stanford outplayed us and demonstrated how much a team can grow over the course of a season. Their 23rd straight win was well-deserved.

It’s painful to have to root for the team that eliminated yours to win the whole thing, but my blood runs a true Husky blue and I just can’t bring myself to favor Tennessee.

I do have faith, though, that it will be a great game tomorrow night. If you have cable (which I don’t), please tune the game in for me and think good thoughts for the Cardinals.

Category: sports. There is/are Comments Off on college basketball finals.