Me? Meme?

Posted by on April 8, 2006 in memes, uncategorized | 9 comments

I’m not big on memes – I’m intrigued by other people’s answers, but I feel a little… I don’t know… silly posting my answers here.  (I mean, who *cares* about what I have to say?!?)

And yet, this one drove me to create my own reply.  I’m surprised at the number of writers I read as a kid.  I’m surprised that there are no books on the list that I started but never finished.  And I’m surprised that there are none on my “life is too short” list – it seems to me, though, that anything on that list would also have to be on the “tried and abandoned” list, because if I haven’t even *tried* it, how can I know it has no redeeming value for me?

Obviously, looking at my list, I should expand my reading of women of color…

Bold the ones you’ve read.
Italicize the ones you have wanted/might like to read.
* Another book by this author read, but not this
??Place question marks by any titles/authors you’ve never heard of??
*** I’ve tried it and abandoned it
XXX Life Is Too Short

Alcott, Louisa May–Little Women

Allende,Isabel–The House of Spirits

Angelou, Maya–I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

*Atwood, Margaret–Cat’s Eye

Austen, Jane–Emma

??Bambara, Toni Cade–Salt Eaters


de Beauvoir,Simone–The Second Sex

Blume, Judy–Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret

Burnett, Frances–The Secret Garden

Bronte, Charlotte–Jane Eyre

Bronte, Emily–Wuthering Heights

Buck, Pearl S.–The Good Earth

Byatt, A.S.–Possession

Cather, Willa–My Antonia

Chopin, Kate–The Awakening

Christie, Agatha–Murder on the Orient Express

Cisneros,Sandra–The House on Mango Street

Clinton, Hillary Rodham–Living History

??Cooper, Anna Julia–A Voice From the South

Danticat,Edwidge–Breath, Eyes, Memory

Davis,Angela–Women, Culture, and Politics

??Desai,Anita–Clear Light of Day

Dickinson, Emily–Collected Poems

Duncan, Lois–I Know What You Did Last Summer

DuMaurier, Daphne–Rebecca

*Eliot, George–Middlemarch

??Emecheta, Buchi–Second Class Citizen

Erdrich, Louise–Tracks

Esquivel, Laura–Like Water for Chocolate

Flagg, Fannie–Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (I’m guessing that watching the movie doesn’t count)

Friedan, Betty–The Feminine Mystique

Frank, Anne–Diary of a Young Girl

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins–The Yellow Wallpaper

Gordimer, Nadine–July’s People

*Grafton, Sue–S is for Silence

Hamilton, Edith–Mythology

Highsmith, Patricia–The Talented Mr. Ripley

hooks, bell–Bone Black

Hurston, Zora Neale–Dust Tracks on the Road

Jacobs,Harriet–Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

??Jackson,Helen Hunt–Ramona

Jackson, Shirley–The Haunting of Hill House

Jong, Erica–Fear of Flying (Does it count to have read the sex parts, by flashlight, when I was a kid?)

Keene, Carolyn–The Nancy Drew Mysteries (any of them)

Kidd, Sue Monk–The Secret Life of Bees

*Kincaid, Jamaica–Lucy

Kingsolver, Barbara–The Poisonwood Bible

Kingston, Maxine Hong–The Woman Warrior


L’Engle, Madeleine–A Wrinkle in Time

*Le Guin, Ursula K.–The Left Hand of Darkness

Lee, Harper–To Kill a Mockingbird

Lessing, Doris–The Golden Notebook

??Lively, Penelope–Moon Tiger

??Lorde, Audre–The Cancer Journals

Martin, Ann M.–The Babysitters Club Series (any of them)

McCullers, Carson–The Member of the Wedding

*McMillan, Terry–Disappearing Acts

??Markandaya, Kamala–Nectar in a Sieve

??Marshall, Paule–Brown Girl, Brownstones

Mitchell, Margaret–Gone with the Wind

Montgomery, Lucy–Anne of Green Gables

??Morgan, Joan–When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost

Morrison, Toni–Song of Solomon

Murasaki, Lady Shikibu–The Tale of Genji

Munro, Alice–Lives of Girls and Women

*Murdoch, Iris–Severed Head

Naylor, Gloria–Mama Day

Niffenegger, Audrey–The Time Traveller’s Wife

*Oates, Joyce Carol–We Were the Mulvaneys (does short fiction count, as “also read”)

O’Connor, Flannery–A Good Man is Hard to Find

Piercy, Marge–Woman on the Edge of Time

Picoult, Jodi–My Sister’s Keeper

Plath, Sylvia–The Bell Jar

Porter, Katharine Anne–Ship of Fools

*Proulx, E. Annie–The Shipping News

Rand,Ayn–The Fountainhead

??Ray, Rachel–365: No Repeats

Rhys, Jean–Wide Sargasso Sea


??Rocha, Sharon–For Lac

Sebold, Alice–The Lovely Bones

Shelley, Mary–Frankenstein

Smith, Betty–A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Smith, Zadie–White Teeth

Spark, Muriel–The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Spyri, Johanna–Heidi

Strout, Elizabeth–Amy and Isabelle

Steel, Danielle–The House

Tan, Amy–The Joy Luck Club

*Tannen, Deborah–You’re Wearing That (does attending lecture count as “also read”?)

Ulrich, Laurel–A Midwife’s Tale

??Urquhart, Jane–Away

*Walker, Alice–The Temple of My Familiar

Welty,Eudora–One Writer’s Beginnings

Wharton, Edith–Age of Innocence

Wilder, Laura Ingalls–Little House in the Big Woods

Wollstonecraft, Mary–A Vindication of the Rights of Women

*Woolf, Virginia–A Room of One’s Own


  1. I think Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying was ruined for me because of the pompous twaddle my fellow feminists were slinging out about it at the time it came out–it was weighted down by its publicity–but I later read one she set in the 1700s, a fun sort of mariner adventure with spunky women and lots of sex and it was funny and sharp. I forget the title–unfortunately, lost the book in one of my 364,786 moves over the years.

  2. I won’t be doing this meme because, apparently, I don’t read. But I’ll be printing out the list for my next book store run. Sheesh.

    I think the Rachel Ray book is a joke someone added — She’s a Food TV personality, and that’s her latest cookbook. Not exactly literature, even if I do enjoy her recipes.

    • Ah, I knew I knew her name. And she drives me *nuts* on the Food Channel (pun fully winced at.) I think the list is actually supposed to reach for popular culture (e.g., Deborah Tanner – who wrote Mars/Venus)

      The holes on my list are clear to me, and I’m not surprised. Reading over other LJer’s lists surprised me, because there were some titles that I thought *everyone* had read – and some of those were marked as never heard of! It’s strange, the corners we push ourselves into 🙂

    • I read, but apparently not from this list. 😉

  3. Um, hi!

    I must say, I don’t pay attention to what author’s look like when I read them, and don’t usually care about what gender they are. If they’re good, they’re good, regardless of gender, age or skin colour.


    • Don’t hide!

      I think that authors can be good, regardless of gender, age, or skin color (colour 🙂 )

      I also think that there is value in diversity. I have loved some of the stories that I’ve read, written by authors from other cultures. THE NAMESAKE, by Jumpha Lahiri; MY NAME IS RED, by Orhan Pamuk; THE KITE RUNNER, by Khaled Hosseini.

      I don’t think that any of these authors speaks for all of her or his people (the major problem, I believe, with selecting literature by gender or age or skin color – there’s a temptation to believe that the selection stands in for the whole). But I do know that each made me think about life experiences a little differently; each opened my eyes to other ways of being in this world.

      Note: I wouldn’t even try to make that argument for Nancy Drew books, or Judy Blume, or many other authors/books on the meme list! 🙂

  4. reading

    ditto on Fear of Flying, only I read it during the summer at my grandparents’ house, while they were napping!

    Go read it! NOW!!

    • Re: reading

      You know – several other people have told me that I’m missing *worlds* of reading wonder by never having read ANNE… Maybe that’s next up – the next time I’m in a bookstore!

      (Good to see you back here, Beth!)

  5. Haha, nice to know I wasn’t the only one to read Fear of Flying on the sly as a kid. I kept in in a hole in drywall in the garage & read it in bits & pieces. It’s nice to know it’s considered “feminist literature” now =)