Mind the Gap

It's Friday, which means I get free reign to be as random as I want! Of course, since I was looking forward to randomosity all week, I ended up with a real theme for this Friday's 5. I was inspired by a Nathan Bransford post about "gap" books. Basically, "gap" books/shows/etc. are things that everyone and their mom has read/watched/etc. - and indeed they're probably part of our cultural fabric by now - but somehow you haven't acquainted yourself with them yet. So my 5 this week will be about the "gaps" in various aspects of my experience.

1. Books I haven't read (childhood/YA edition): The Phantom Tollbooth, Catcher in the Rye, The Giver, Peter Pan, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass (I know, I know...) A Wrinkle in Time, Lord of the Flies, Charlotte's Web (I saw the animated movie?), NONE of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie books.
  • Roald Dahl books - I might've read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in class, but maybe I just saw the movie (both of them). So I can't really say.
  • I think I read one Baby Sitter's Club book, if that counts? I've also got 2.5 books out of the Chronicles of Narnia.

2. Books I haven't read (classics edition): A lot of Shakespeare but notably Macbeth, NO Hemingway whatsoever, Slaughterhouse Five
  • The Iliad - I know, I know. It's utterly shameful, considering my great and unabiding love for Greek mythology. I've read the Odyssey like a million times, but not this one. I don't know why!
  • I've read 1.5 books of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

3. Movies I have not seen: The Godfather, The Shining, The Goonies, Miracle on 34th Street, The Breakfast Club, Breakfast at Tiffany's, none of the Rocky movies.
  • I don't think I've ever seen an entire Hitchcock film either - just bits and pieces - but I don't like horror movies anyway. I always want to know what happens, but I can't really take sitting through them.

4. TV shows I haven't/don't watch: LOST, The Office, American Idol, never watched any Star Trek TV episode from any of the series.

5. Childhood games/toys I haven't played: Chess, checkers, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon (when this craze hit, I'm might've been a little old for it), Slip n' Slide (probably because I have a pool...and a real slide)
  • I played with a Skip-It a couple of times, but I always really wanted one.

So there it is. At least, that's all I can think of right now. What are your gaps?

P.S. Look what I got in the mail this week!!!

Actually, it's been sitting on my desk in an UNOPENED white envelope for most of the week because I thought it was a book my sister had ordered for school. I know, big fail on my part. Also, the picture is flipped so that the words read the right way. :P

It's my copy of Joy Preble's Dreaming Anastasia that I won from the lovely LiLa last month! That's their snazzy LIAR SOCIETY authoresses calling card included in the book. :D Thanks, LiLa! Speaking of, have you entered their totally epic contest yet?

Happy Weekend!


Gennia said...

You haven't read Catcher in the Rye and a Wrinkle in Time?! You must!
I haven't read the Phantom Tollbooth either...always seemed a little too weird for me.

Krispy said...

I know! I keep meaning to read all of those, but you know OTHER BOOKS get in the way. I have a small attention span. Catcher is at the top of my NEED TO READ list of classics though.

Elana Johnson said...

Dude, THE GIVER. You must read, stat. Like STAT.

And The Office must be watched. I was wary at first, didn't even like the episode I watched. Now I have like, marathons. Love it!

And I loved Dreaming Anastasia, I hope you like it too!