Monthly Archives: November 2008


This is a list of the top 106 books most often marked “unread” by LibraryThing users. The rules: bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences

White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

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Preparation for a move

Stacks layered on stacks
these boxes won’t fill themselves
coffee first, then that.


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Transient Life

high pitched morning squeal
three squeaking twists of the upstairs faucet
sloshing water and the distant  buzz of our unknown neighbor’s alarm

reminding myself of the temporariness of it all
does not ease the restlessness nor the pounding down the stairs nor
the stomps around the room when we are speak in normal tones

each of us are on the losing end of whatever battle is being fought


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subtly close to as it stands now
drifting silently

someone must be available to keep the peace,
offer up
a tidbit of longing,
provide some sort of release

scorched from all this senseless bickering
feeling less and less thankful by the day.


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Thanksgiving (an early morning haiku attempt)

autumnal relief
a momentous occasion
everyone loves pie


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Once upon a time there was a singing G

Josephine resting
at peace in our home.
Her sloping reddish brown back facing out,
scrolling neck leaning delicately against the corner.

I think about how I will play her –
my fingers becoming easily sore
nails needing to be clipped back
we’ve both been for a long time been in hibernation.


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one year following the birth of our marriage

one year following the birth of our marriage

I’ll have the cracked egg as an omlette –
the blustery winds as the sugar in my tea.
It’s not some sort of magic that last year’s Saturday
is this year’s Monday.

Just think of it as an extra day with me.


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my exhaustion is seeking solace
hot brown swirling a.m. elixir
too often catapulted from unconsciousness


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Orange and oblong

The relationship nuances:
failing to completely consume reason
the ridiculousness of your temperament

excessive and beyond the border of common decency
edible encounters – all of them deep fried glory
when the relations spoke, I listened and stored those tidbits:
He’s different from the other ones
to translate: This most likely will not be working out.

A surprising shock to the senses when
– after all that time –
I did exactly what I said I’d do.


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Warm-up / snippet

good morning sweet swirling temptress of desire
half here and half remaining in the dream worlds

a  drippy day on the verge of ice
we could march joyfully forward or
contemplate the intrinsic desire in community


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