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Seems a little like punishment...

So... let's just not comment on how long its been since my last post, deal? Ok. Well, I doubt anyone at all is reading this but either way, here it is. I am currently knee-deep in work and nowhere close to being finished. So... I really shouldn't be posting anything at all, but procrastination is a funny thing.

Well, alright. Main point of the post: the MRBBAB Project: Must Read Before Buying/Borrowing Another Book Project. I am a huge reader and pretty much always have been. There are so many books out there, so many great books, that I just want to read them all. I'm not much of a library person anymore and so I pretty much buy all the books I read. This is really where the problem is. I have too many books that I have bought but haven't read, started but haven't finished, given and ignored, was assigned to read but only flitted through it or didn't open at all, and so on. Several of these are books I actually really want to read but for one reason or another haven't gotten around to. Others... I have absolutely no desire to even sit near. So awhile back I decided that I was not going to buy anymore books, or even borrow anything, until I have read them all. I have already broken the rule due to a few can't pass up ebay listings and a loss of determination during trip to the Starbucks inside a Barnes & Noble. However, I am sticking to my guns--well, to the airsoft breakneck my dad plays with when my mom isn't around and the paintball gun he bought without telling her--this time. Once I am done with all the work I am currently doing, which will be sometime in mid-January, I will be starting on the MRBBAB Project.

Listed below: the books involved, the authors, my reaction to its inclusion, all categorized by reason included.

MRBBAB Project

Started, never finished

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck
In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Assigned, only browsed

The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico by Miguel Leon-Portillo
Oedipus the King by Sophocles
Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History by Sidney W. Mintz
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs
Candide by Voltaire

Assigned, ignored

Antigone by Sophocles
Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Own, never touched

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Goodbye Without Leaving by Laurie Colwin
The Road to Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
The Love by Marguerite Duras
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
The Blood Bay Colt, Sired by the Black Stallion by Walter Farley
The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Forever by Peter Hamill
Dalva by Jim Harrison
Destiny by Elizabeth Haydon
Prophecy by Elizabeth Haydon
Hunting with Hemingway by Hilary Hemingway
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen
The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka
In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka
The Judgement by Franz Kafka
The Stoker by Franz Kafka
From The Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Cell by Stephen King
Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Moby Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Shiloh Season by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
Tituba of Salem Village by Ann Petry
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Steinbeck: A Life in Letters by John Steinbeck
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Trinity by Leon Uris
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Read, need to give a proper reading

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


So I said I would put my reactions in but... this post is long enough and I have more than expired my procrastination time. Perhaps sometimes in the future I will write them out. Maybe not. We will see. Perhaps I'll make reviews of each as I read them and include my initial reactions to their inclusion in this project along with those reviews. Hmm, we will see.

The Project will most likely be started with the completion of Rose Daughter by McKinley as it was the book I was reading last. And--yes, you can start a sentence with "and", grade school english teachers be damned--honestly, it is kind of daunting to know that I have SOOOOO many books to read before I can read something at will. Understand the title now?

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