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Humiliation by Numbers

In yesterday's post, Humiliation made Simple, I asked everyone who wanted to join in a game of Humiliation to leave a comment with the name of a book they had never read. Today, we have part 2 of the game. (You can participate even if you don't have an entry in the running.)

Go through the following list and check the boxes next to ALL of the books you have read. What counts as reading a book is ultimately up to you, but here are some guidelines: A few chapters doesn't count. Skipping just the epilogue does.

Poll #444848 Humiliation by Numbers

Which books have you read?

War and Peace, Tolstoy (alysonwonderlan)
The Iliad, Homer (morganlf)
The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer (chickenfeet2003)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (rhannon76)
Hamlet, Shakespeare (momiji)
Richard III, Shakespeare (finnygan)
The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck (aquitaineq)
Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck (double0hilly)
Pride and Prejudice, Austen (littleowland snowdrifted)
Jane Eyre, C. Bronte (easterbunny)
Wuthering Heights, E. Bronte (carmen_sandiego and benet)
The Hobbit, Tolkien (kashmera)
The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien (oursin)
Watership Down, Adams (Colin)
Small World, Lodge (suffisaunce)
The Bell Jar, Plath (retsuko)
Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy (suslikuk)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Pirsig (owlfish)

(Edit: I caught an error in the poll. lemur_catta, NOT rhiannon76, entered Sir Gawain and the Green Knight into competition. My apologies.)

The winner will be whoever is ahead as of 5 pm EST on Monday. It might well be obvious who's winning well before that, but if it's not, that's when a narrow lead will matter most. May the worst-read contestant win.

I didn't say people couldn't double up on books, so I allowed multiple entries for one book. Anyone organizing future rounds of this game might want to consider whether or not they want everyone to have unique entries.


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 26th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
Are we allowed to vote even if we didn't pick a book in the first round? (i.e. couldn't think of a good choice ;)
Feb. 26th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Feb. 26th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
Junior Year.. honors english. All but one of my 'have read' entries are from that year. I also had the joy of reading "Brave New World"(Aldous Huxley), "Frankenstein"(Mary Shelly), and "The Collector"(John Fowles) that particular year.
Feb. 26th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
That was a useful year! Junior year was when I went on my utopia/distopia reading spree, so I read Brave New World that year too.
Feb. 27th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'd like to say that everything I read that year stuck with me in strong possitive ways (and in the case of things like Beowulf and Grendel there has certainly been inspiration) but having to slog through Jane Austin caused me to break down for the first time and get 'Cliff Notes'.
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Feb. 26th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
You have two days to find more people who've read it - as long as they're honest and check all the boxes by the other things they've read too, you're welcome to recruit more voters to your cause.
Feb. 26th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
Ok, I suck. I should've read the whole post before going "Ohhh! A Poll!" then I promptly responded by selecting all of the books which I have read.
I'm clever. Oh so clever.

Feb. 26th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
You did exactly the right thing. Why did you think you didn't?

As long as you don't select all the books you have NOT read, or all the books you just WANT to read, you filled it in exactly right.
Feb. 26th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
Dang... I knew everyone in the world read Hamlet.
Feb. 27th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
I tried to read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" once, because a boy I liked was into it, but *damn*, I just could not get into that.
Feb. 27th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
I know almost nothing about the book, except that it feels as if I see it on everyone else's bookshelves. I wonder if I'd have done better in this competition if I'd gone with Bridget Jones's Diary? Looking at voting trends, probably about the same.
Feb. 27th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
ZatAoMM is quite a good book, but you need a really, really good run up to get through it. Once through, though, it's one of the few books I keep re-reading over the years.
Feb. 28th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
Bother said Pooh.

I didn't read LJ yesterday, otherwise I'd've made an entry.

Feb. 28th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
Ah well. We can play again sometime.
Feb. 28th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
Argh. It appears after this that I had better go read The Hobbit...
Feb. 28th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
Peer pressure!
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