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Old 05-02-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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Can't read 100 this year? Try 5!

While skimming through a book about modern day hermits I came across an interview with an American poet Robert Lax.
The interview made its way to the subject of possesions and eventually, books.

"Take the five books you'd take to a desert island and keep re-reading them."
-Robert Lax

I thought it would be interesting to share top five lists, not for a desert island but just one year of reading.

My hypothetical list:
1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
2. Lilith (George McDonald)
3. Fight Club
4. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
5. House of the Dead (Dostoyevsky)


I don't know if I could go all year without some non-fiction, I was considering the Bible but then I wanted to put a bunch of other texts along with it. I tried to choose books that had alot of depth to them and rich characters over more plot driven titles.
There you go, Im curious to see what books others would choose to "study" for a year.


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Old 05-02-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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Can't limit it to 5 - gotta have my kindle and a solar charger!

I'd take the complete works of Lois Bujold, to start.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:23 PM   #3
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Foundation anthology (cheating again)
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hmmmmmm....

1984-orwell
The Long Walk-king
God's Demon (great novel by sf/fantasy artist Wayne Barlowe)
a Lovecraft omnibus (cheating )
Biohazard by Tim Curran
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:58 PM   #5
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1. Cloudstreet
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. A Prayer for Owen Meany
4. Life of Pi
5. Watership Down

(the first I have read several times, but I could still read it again, the rest are on my personal "to be re-read" list)
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:11 PM   #6
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:33 PM   #7
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1. Sherlock Holmes omnibus (cheating, don't care)
2. The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
3. The Lord of the Rings
4. The Shining
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:13 PM   #8
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1. Canoe Building


Kidding of course...

1. The Bible
2. The Iliad/Odyssey
3. On Moral Fiction
4. Moby Dick
5. Sense & Sensibility

Edit: Though, I might try to squeeze the whole "Game of Thrones" cycle and "The Lord of the Rings" in there too.

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Old 05-02-2012, 10:28 PM   #9
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My 5

Portrait of a lady
Jeeves and Wooster omnibus (yes cheating)
Foundation anthology (cheating again)
Emily Dickinson
How to get off this f$&@ing island for dummies.
You don't need #5. All you need is enough duct-tape. I saw a Mythbusters episode where they survived on a deserted island with nothing by duct-tape. They eventually made a boat and got off that way.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:46 PM   #10
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Wow, this is really hard!

1. Jane Eyre
2. Wicked
3. Tao Te Ching
4. Les Miserables
5. Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:44 AM   #11
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The Complete Works of Shakespeare.
Nicholas Nickleby
A Fine a Private Place, Peter Beagle
Book of Edible Island Plants and Where to Find Fresh Water
Castaway, Lucy Irvine

Perhaps I should take a large book about cats, I would miss them so much. Can I smuggle them onto the island? In which case, I'd also want:

How To Care For a Cat on a Desert Island, by U. R. Hapi
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:27 AM   #12
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Since cheating seems to be allowed, I'm going to have a server farm with unlimited storage and every book ever written as an eBook and I'm going to have unlimited solar & wind power to run the servers and devices to read what I want when I want. So I'll be all set for reading for life.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:52 AM   #13
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Since cheating seems to be allowed, I'm going to have a server farm with unlimited storage and every book ever written as an eBook and I'm going to have unlimited solar & wind power to run the servers and devices to read what I want when I want. So I'll be all set for reading for life.
I wouldn't consider an omnibus cheating, so long as it is all contained in one binding.
I think the whole idea is to become more familiar with your favorite works. Personaly, when I read I dont make it a point to understand EVERYTHING that is going on simply for the sake of flow. I imagine I miss alot of foreshadowing, metaphors, and all that other boring stuff from High School because I rarely re-read something.
Right now I have nowhere near the amount of discipline it would take to focus on five books all year.
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I wouldn't consider an omnibus cheating, so long as it is all contained in one binding.
I think the whole idea is to become more familiar with your favorite works. Personaly, when I read I dont make it a point to understand EVERYTHING that is going on simply for the sake of flow. I imagine I miss alot of foreshadowing, metaphors, and all that other boring stuff from High School because I rarely re-read something.
Right now I have nowhere near the amount of discipline it would take to focus on five books all year.
i don't really think about what i read either. i may pick something up on the rare occasion i re-read a book but generally i just let it flow.

on a side note all that breaking down of books in school truly made reading a chore.
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Douglas Adams - The More than Complete Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy
Italo Calvino - Italian Folktales
John Steinbeck - The Short Novels of John Steinbeck
The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden - Catherynne M. Valente
is there some sort of complete Terry Pratchett collection?
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