Top 100 Books of the 20th Century.

In the spirit of Banned Books Week, I found a list of the top 100 books of the 20th century. I’m going to repost it here, books that I have read are in bold.  If you feel so inclined, show your friends how well read you are by copying and pasting this list, provided by The American Library Association, and bolding the books on the list that you have read.

  1. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
  3. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  5. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  6. Ulysses, James Joyce
  7. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  8. The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  9. 1984, George Orwell
  10. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  11. Lolita, Vladmir Nabokov
  12. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  13. Charlotte’s Web, EB White
  14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  15. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  16. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  17. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  18. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  19. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
  20. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  21. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  22. Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne
  23. Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  24. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  25. Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
  26. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  27. Native Son, Richard Wright
  28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
  29. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
  31. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  32. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  33. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  34. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  35. Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
  36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
  37. The World According to Garp, John Irving
  38. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
  39. A Room with a View , EM Forster
  40. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
  41. Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally
  42. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
  43. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  44. Finnegans Wake, James Joyce
  45. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  46. Mrs.
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Banned Books Week!

It’s that time of year again. This year’s list of recommended banned books is available from Google Books.
I find it amusing, of course, that I’ve read a fair chunk of the books on this list. Some of my favorite books of all time are on this list such as Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, and “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker. Also books I have read that make the list, but not necessarily all time favorites:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

I encourage everyone to go to their local bookstore and pick up one of the banned books this week!… [Read More]

Big News: BMW Testing Hydrogen Combustion Engine

They said they would develop one. Now they are actually testing prototypes! How cool is this!?

It’s always only been a matter of time before one of the major car manufacturers came up with an engine that ran on hydrogen. I really hope this one works! It could mean a whole new wave of hydrogen powered technology for the future, and the good news is.. hydrogen is not a non-renewable resource like fossil fuels.… [Read More]

Kingdom Hearts

It took me four years of whittling away at this game, but at long last I have finally beaten Kingdom Hearts. Yes, that does not have a “II” after it. I just finished the first one. I really wanted to beat that game before the summer was out. It took the whole summer after taking a year or so off from playing the game while I was sucked into the Xenosaga trilogy.

Currently on my plate for gaming nerdiness:

  • Kingdom Hearts II
  • Xenosaga III
  • Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus
  • Digital Devil Saga I
  • Digital Devil Saga II
  • Drakengard
  • Dragengard 2
  • .hack//quarantine

That’s *counts on fingers* 8 games. I don’t think I will make it through them all before the summer is over. I suspect though, that I can probably beat down DDS 1 or .hack//quarantine because I am close to the end of both of those games, possibly both if I do nothing else in my free time for the next week.… [Read More]