Random Thoughts From The First 45 Books
As I approach the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’ve slowly built up a smorgasbord of marginally useful information in my head about all of the books I’ve read so far–and just the experience in general. Yes, a smorgasbord.
These thoughts aren’t really worthy enough of an entire post—or, maybe they are and I just don’t realize it yet. Or maybe I’ve already posted about them and just want to say it again. Who knows.
The point is that today’s post is a brain dump. It’s all the random stuff I have floating around in brain about my experience reading the books and writing this blog over the last two years.
Let the brain dump begin:
- Reading at a Chick-Fil-A at lunch is practically impossible unless you can easily block out the piercing cries and squeals of 48 free-roaming kids.
- I have no idea why Harper Lee never wrote another book.
- My guess is that two-thirds of the readers of this blog are female.
- Time Magazine loves depressing, dark novels.
- Related, will I need therapy after I read all these books?
- How do you determine if a novel is “age appropriate” for your children?
- 95% of people who say they’ve read Ulysses haven’t read Ulysses.
- Why hasn’t a Blood Meridian movie been made yet?
- It makes me very sad to think about the way in which David Foster Wallace’s life ended.
- Why won’t Huffington Post return my emails? Why???????
- George Orwell had a horrible mustache.
- I know many disagree, but I think Stanley Kubrick basically crapped on Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange. Oh, and Anthony Burgess agrees.
- If you think fiction is a waste of time, you really need to take a breath and get a life.
- The setting of A Dance To The Music Of Time is very similar to the setting in Downton Abbey.
- The dystopian future in Never Let Me Go probably creeps me out even more than the dystopian future in 1984.
- Theodore Dreiser is not a good writer, but he’s a great storyteller.
- Speaking of Dreiser, An American Tragedy probably has more exclamation points than all 100 novels on this list combined.
- Holden Caulifield would’ve loved Nirvana.
- Who reads more: Obama or Romney?
- We need more good novels about sports.
- I’m not a fan of William Golding’s writing style, but I might have ranked Lord of the Flies too low in my meaningless rankings.
- Catch 22 might be the funniest novel…ever.
- Few things make me want to quit reading like a preachy novel.
- If Mrs. Dalloway was the only novel left on earth, I’d choose illiteracy.
What’s the point of this post? I have no idea.
But maybe it will spark discussion or something. I’m sure I’ll try this again when I need another brain dump.
Any random thoughts about my random thoughts?