Thoughts of a geek

24 July 2009


Filed under: Books, Lists, Me — Tags: , , — qwandor @ 9:43 pm

This book quiz has been going around Facebook a bit, so here I join in.

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Copy this into your NOTES. Put an ‘x’ next to those you have read. Tag other book nerds.

[ ] 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
[x] 2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
It was ages ago though; I could not remember very much when I watched the movies.
[ ] 3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
[ ] 4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
[x] 5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
We studied this in school, in year 9 I think. Or maybe it was year 11, I cannot remember. My English teacher in year 9 and 11 really liked books (and movies) about racism in the American south.
[x] 6 The Bible – God (the whole thing)
Well, most of it anyway.
[ ] 7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
[x] 8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
1984 and Animal Farm are the two books by Orwell that I have read. Did you hear about the recent controversy with Amazon deleting them both remotely from the Kindles of people who had purchased the e-books? Nice irony there.
[ ] 9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
[ ] 10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Total: 4

[ ] 11 Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
I think I may have started this at some point, but gave up on it.
[ ] 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
[ ] 13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
[ ] 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
[ ] 15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
[x] 16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
[ ] 17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
[ ] 18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
[ ] 19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
[ ] 20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

Total: 1

[ ] 21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
[ ] 22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
[ ] 23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
[ ] 24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
[x] 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Again, I read the series ages ago (at some point while in primary school anyway), and so had forgotten most of it by the time I watched the movie of the first one. Oh, and there was the BBC TV version too. That had amusingly terrible special effects.
[ ] 27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
[ ] 28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
[ ] 29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
I think I might have read part of it, but not the whole thing.
[x] 30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Total: 2

[ ] 31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
[ ] 32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
[x] 33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Yep, and the BBC miniseries or whatever it was. It was a bit funny having seen that and then seeing the more recent movies.
[ ] 34 Emma – Jane Austen
[ ] 35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
[x] 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
Well, 33 → 36
[ ] 37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
[ ] 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
[ ] 39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
[x] 40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

Total: 3

[x] 41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
[ ] 42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
[ ] 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
[ ] 44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
[ ] 45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
[x] 46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
I think? I could be wrong. Again, a long time ago.
[ ] 47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
[ ] 48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
[x] 49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
I studied this in school too. Studying a book, reading bits over and over again, having to write essays about it, takes all the enjoyment out of it.
[ ] 50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

Total: 3

[ ] 51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
[x] 52 Dune – Frank Herbert
I read quite a few of the Dune series, despite finding them fairly dull. I may have been too young for them.
[ ] 53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
[ ] 54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
[ ] 55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
[ ] 56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
[ ] 57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
[x] 58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
I think I read 1984, Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 all around the same time, one summer, mostly while camping at the Mahia Peninsula. That campground no longer exists. It was demolished to build a subdivision of houses, but then the developers ran out of money or something, and they never got built. There are roads, some lamps, gardens and cleared land (they got rid of almost all the pine trees from the old campground and flattened it more), but no houses. I later read This Perfect Day and Logan’s Run, for a bit more along similar lines. (Well, Logan’s Run is a bit ridiculous. The movie is amusing, primarily for what it says about the time it was made.)
[ ] 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon
[ ] 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Total: 2

[ ] 61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
[ ] 62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
[ ] 63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
[ ] 64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
[ ] 65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
[ ] 66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
[ ] 67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
[ ] 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
[ ] 69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
[ ] 70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Total: 0

[ ] 71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
[ ] 72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
[x] 73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
[ ] 74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
[ ] 75 Ulysses – James Joyce
[ ] 76 The Inferno – Dante
[x] 77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
I think? It sounds familiar anyway.
[ ] 78 Germinal – Emile Zola
[ ] 79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
[ ] 80 Possession – AS Byatt

Total: 2

[ ] 81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
[ ] 82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
[ ] 83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
[ ] 84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
[ ] 85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
[ ] 86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mxistry
[x] 87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
[ ] 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
[ ] 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
[x] 90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
I am not sure whether I read all of this. But I probably did.

Total: 2

[ ] 91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
[ ] 92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
[ ] 93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Apparently Iain Banks is Iain M. Banks, some of whose books I have read.
[x] 94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
[ ] 95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
[ ] 96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
[ ] 97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
[ ] 98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
[x] 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
I never was keen on Roald Dahl, but I think I read this.
[ ] 100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Total: 2

Grand Total: 21


25 February 2009

Facebook quiz

Filed under: Me — Tags: , , — qwandor @ 12:00 am

Facebook meme follows.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My middle name is the same as my dad’s.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Probably 2008. If not then definitely 2007.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Not especially, but I prefer to avoid handwriting anyway.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LUNCH MEAT? Salami I guess. Though I hardly ever have it any more.



7. DO YOU USE SARCASM? Sometimes.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Not if I had to pay to do it.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CEREAL? Muesli. This recipe.


13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM? I would be most likely to buy chocolate, because it goes well with lots of things or by itself. If I were having icecream by itself though, probably strawberry or some other fruit flavour.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Not sure. Hair? Face? Clothes? I have not really thought about it conciously.

15. RED OR PINK? That depends. I would rather have pink skin than red sunburn. But probably red in many cases.

16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Again, that depends how the question is asked. My sinful nature. The difficulty I have sleeping when I want to (at night). Laziness. Not being very good at understanding and interacting with people in various social contexts, especially in groups, sometimes.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? There are many people I miss, some overseas, some who live nearby but whom I do not get to see — or talk to properly, hang out with, whatever — as often as I would like. Jordan Landers comes to mind as one (overseas), but there are others.


19. WHAT COLOUR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Off-white shorts with blue thread, no shoes.


22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE? I am not and never will be a crayon. This question makes no sense.

23. FAVOURITE SMELLS? Nice food. Trees, sometimes. Probably others I cannot think of right now.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Not sure. Probably my parents.

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? There was not a specific person, I just noticed it being filled in by various people.

26. FAVOURITE SPORTS TO WATCH? I see no point in watching any sport.

27. HAIR COLOUR? Brown.

28. EYE COLOUR? Brown, I think. Actually, looking in the mirror, maybe more greenish.

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Only when my glasses are broken.

30. FAVOURITE FOOD? I like various foods. Nothing too (spicy) hot though. Bananas are pretty handy.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings. Or at least movies that have interesting ideas. Though books tend to be better for that.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, I think. I do not tend to watch many movies.

33. WHAT COLOUR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Gray, with black arms.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? What about them? I do not like rain. Sun is nice, but I do not like to be too hot. I guess my favourite weather is a cool, clear day, with some wind but not too much. It is easier to dress up warmly than to cool off when it is too hot. Wind is fun, but a pain when running or biking. It is fine when walking in no particular hurry though.

35. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs are pretty good. I cannot say I have much to judge kisses on. So I guess hugs.

36. FAVOURITE DESSERT? Again, I like lots of desserts. Things with apple tends to be nice, like apple scotch. Most chocolate things are good too. I do not much like whipped cream. Something hot served with icecream is nice. Cakes are good too. A good chocolate brownie is excellent.

37. IF YOU COULD MAKE A WISH? That is not a question.

38. WHAT (in general) IRRITATES YOU? Lack of respect and consideration. Unwillingness to consider other options. Untidyness (that comes into the first one though). Not having enough food. Not knowing what to do, and so being unproductive.

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? The Emperor’s New Mind by Roger Penrose, and The 1972 Annual World’s Best SF edited by Donald A. Wollheim. In a manner of speaking — I started the former almost a year ago and have hardly looked at it since, and I read some of the stories in the latter this summer, but then did not touch it for ages. I used to read a lot, but now tend to get occupied with other things. Like this.


41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? I have not watched TV for ages. Two years, maybe? At least not for more than a couple of minutes in passing.

42. FAVOURITE SOUND(S)? Er, music?

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? I am not a great fan of either, so hard to say. Probably the Beatles, but I do not know enough of their music to give a fair judgement.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Sweden, I think. Though I guess that was home while I was there.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Probably. For some definitions of ‘special’ and ‘talent’, anyway.

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Wellington Hospital.

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? I have no strong feelings about that, this quiz is not that revealing really. Though if Valerie does it she is likely to give some interesting answers, so I would like to read that. In general, if I know you, then I will read what you write. Within reason.


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