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What bloggers do when they: 1) don’t have anything interesting to say; 2) have very interesting things to say but just don’t write a true-confessions blog; and/or 3) are bored: The blog meme.

Today’s blog meme: Books I’ve Read vs. Books I Haven’t Read. (via Plain Layne) How many can you check off the list? [Caveat: This list is clearly skewed toward English majors…]

Beowulf, Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart, Agee, James – A Death in the Family, Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice, Baldwin, James – Go Tell It on the Mountain, Beckett, Samuel – Waiting for Godot, Bellow, Saul – The Adventures of Augie March, Bront?, Charlotte – Jane Eyre, Bront?, Emily – Wuthering Heights, Camus, Albert – The Stranger, Cather, Willa – Death Comes for the Archbishop, Chaucer, Geoffrey – The Canterbury Tales, Chekhov, Anton – The Cherry Orchard

Chopin, Kate – The Awakening, Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness, Cooper, James Fenimore – The Last of the Mohicans,Crane, Stephen – The Red Badge of Courage, Dante – Inferno, de Cervantes, Miguel – Don Quixote, Defoe, Daniel – Robinson Crusoe, Dickens, Charles – A Tale of Two Cities, Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment, Douglass, Frederick – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Dreiser, Theodore – An American Tragedy, Dumas, Alexandre – The Three Musketeers, Eliot, George – The Mill on the Floss, Ellison, Ralph – Invisible Man, Emerson, Ralph Waldo – Selected Essays, Faulkner, William – As I Lay Dying, Faulkner, William – The Sound and the Fury, Fielding, Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby, Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary, Ford, Ford Madox – The Good Soldier, Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von – Faust, Golding, William – Lord of the Flies, Hardy, Thomas – Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scarlet Letter, Heller, Joseph – Catch 22, Hemingway, Ernest – A Farewell to Arms, Homer – The Iliad, Homer – The Odyssey, Hugo, Victor – The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God, Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World, Ibsen, Henrik – A Doll’s House, James, Henry – The Portrait of a Lady, James, Henry – The Turn of the Screw, Joyce, James – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Kafka, Franz – The Metamorphosis, Kingston, Maxine Hong – The Woman Warrior, Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird, Lewis, Sinclair – Babbitt, London, Jack – The Call of the Wild, Mann, Thomas – The Magic Mountain, Marquez, Gabriel Garc?a – One Hundred Years of Solitude, Melville, Herman – Bartleby the Scrivener, Melville, Herman – Moby Dick, Miller, Arthur – The Crucible, Morrison, Toni – Beloved, O’Connor, Flannery – A Good Man is Hard to Find, O’Neill, Eugene – Long Day’s Journey into Night, Orwell, George – Animal Farm, Pasternak, Boris – Doctor Zhivago, Plath, Sylvia – The Bell Jar, Poe, Edgar Allan – Selected Tales, Proust, Marcel – Swann’s Way, Pynchon, Thomas – The Crying of Lot 49, Remarque, Erich Maria – All Quiet on the Western Front, Rostand, Edmond – Cyrano de Bergerac, Roth, Henry – Call It Sleep, Salinger, J.D. – The Catcher in the Rye, Shakespeare, William – Hamlet, Shakespeare, William – Macbeth, Shakespeare, William – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare, William – Romeo and Juliet, Shaw, George Bernard – Pygmalion, Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein, Silko, Leslie Marmon – Ceremony, Solzhenitsyn, Alexander – One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Sophocles – Antigone, Sophocles – Oedipus Rex, Steinbeck, John – The Grapes of Wrath, Stevenson, Robert Louis – Treasure Island, Stowe, Harriet Beecher – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Swift, Jonathan – Gulliver’s Travels, Thackeray, William – Vanity Fair, Thoreau, Henry David – Walden, Tolstoy, Leo – War and Peace, Turgenev, Ivan – Fathers and Sons, Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Voltaire – Candide, Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. – Slaughterhouse-Five, Walker, Alice – The Color Purple, Wharton, Edith – The House of Mirth, Welty, Eudora – Collected Stories, Whitman, Walt – Leaves of Grass, Wilde, Oscar – The Picture of Dorian Gray, Williams, Tennessee – The Glass Menagerie, Woolf, Virginia – To the Lighthouse, Wright, Richard – Native Son

Want a geekier meme? Here’s one courtesy of Plain Layne: Computer Games You’ve Played in Bold:

Age of Empires, Age of Wonders, Aliens vs. Predator, Alone in the Dark, Alpha Centauri, American McGee’s Alice, Anarchy Online, Arcanum, Asheron’s Call, Baldur’s Gate, Bard’s Tale, Battlefield 1942, Black & White, Call of Duty, Capitalism, Chessmaster, Civilization, Close Combat, Command & Conquer, Crimson Skies, Dark Age of Camelot, Descent, Deus Ex, Diablo, Doom, Dune, Dungeon Siege, Elder Scrolls, Empire Earth, Enter the Matrix, EVE Online, Everquest, Far Cry, Fallout, Final Fantasy, Flight Simulator, Grand Theft Auto, Grim Fandango, Half-Life, Halo, Harry Potter, Hitman, Homeworld, Icewind Dale, Jagged Alliance, King’s Quest, Leisure Suite Larry, Longest Journey, Lord of the Rings, Lords of the Realm, Magic the Gathering, Masters of Orion, Max Payne, Mech Commander, Mech Warrior, Medal of Honor, Midtown Madness, Might and Magic, Monkey Island, Myst, Need for Speed, Neverwinter Nights, No One Lives Forever, Postal, Prince of Persia, Quake, Railroad Tycoon, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Rise of Nations, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Serious Sam, Settlers, Silent Hill, SimCity, Sims, Star Trek Elite Force, Star Wars Galaxies, Star Wars Jedi Knight, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Starcraft, SWAT, Syberia, System Shock, Thief, Tom Clancy’s Ghost, Recon/Rainbox Six/Splinter Cell, Tomb Raider, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Total Annihilation, Total War, Tribes, Tropico, Ultima, Unreal Tournament, Warcraft, Warlords, Wing Commander, Wizardy, X-COM, Zoo Tycoon, Zork

Clearly I need to spend less time reading and more time playing dorky computer games…or, um, something like that. Sadly, I’m sure I would have played way more games on this list if it weren’t for the fact that I get motion-sick during first-person shooters…

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