Saturday, November 04, 2006

Book Worm

Coffee's brewing...then I'm hitting the books.

Speaking of books, when I was a kid, we had this competition in our school for who could read the most books in the year. For every book you read, they placed a new "segment" of a bookworm, constructed of heavy colored paper circles, which by the end of the year ran around the school entire. I've wondered in this past year what my book worm would look like for this semester, and thought I'd share it as a way to kill the few moments it takes for coffee to perc.

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Othello by William Shakespeare
Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Othello by William Shakespeare
Great Speeches by Native Americans, edited by Bob Blaisdell
Narratology, by Mieke Bal
Literary Theory: The Basics - Hans Bertens
The World Hitler Never Made by Gavriel Rosenfeld
World Poetry, edited by Katharine Washburn and Josh S. Major
Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller
Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolome de Las Casas
Narrative of my escape from slavery by Moses Roper
The Four Voyages by Christopher Columbus
Literary Theories, A Reader and Guide, edited by Julian Wolfreys
Selected Essays by Michel de Montaigne
Critical Theory Today: A User Friendly Guide by Lois Tyson
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, edited by Carl Olson
The Norton Anthology of Western Literature, Sarah Lawall, General Editor...
(Which means I've read all of Beowulf, most of the Iliad and Aeniad, and am currently reading Dante's Divine Comedy)
The Alternate History: Refiguring Historical Time by Karen Hellekson

Not to mention all the articles and bits and bites of books I read while preparing papers. Coffee is ready. See you guys later.


  1. Pretty hefty reading list you got there. And I thought my reading list was big... The whole "Book Worm" thing just reminded me of a Summer Competition we used to participate in when I was a wee lad that would involve reading books, and for every book you read, you'd write it down, and get bible related prizes. I remember wanting the Theodore Churchmouse Bible/Action Figure (I think Theodore was his name... I was a big fan of that childrens book series)... but I couldn't be bothered to read much at the time. It wasn't a preferred activity. I did, however, get a journal with a picture of a shepherd and sheep on the purple cover (I still have it, with sporatic journal entrys from like... 1997 and onward). Anyway... Have fun reading...

  2. holy crap! that's a lot of books.

    i'm glad my education had minimal reading. I think the only courses that required books were English and Graphic Art History, which had a lot of pictures too. Mind you, we had projects coming out the ying yang.

  3. Although I love reading and was always a bookworm, always reading far above my grade level (I had read "White Fang" and "What Katy Did" by third grade), I loathed being assigned reading. Thus, throughout school I was famous for only reading a random five pages and the back cover of any book assigned and then winging it in the essay or test. (I always got A's... probably why I wasn't very popular.) I assume you've actually READ all the books listed and not just "read" them. I've "read" about as many books as I've READ by now. In fact, it's sometimes hard to say which are which. Hehehe.

    Also, does listing Othello twice mean you read it twice? ;)

  4. means I meant to put "Anthony and Cleopatra" by William Shakespeare. And...I forgot to put in G.B. Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra".

    And I've read most of them. Or will be finishing reading them.

    Except Oroonoko. It was too awful.