Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Book Meme

I got this from The Harriet Tubman Agenda, who found it at The Headmistress.

Bold those you have read.
Italicize those you intend to read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien--because my dad loved it.
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte--Fabulous, fabulous portrait of a women 200 years before her time.
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling--started it for my kids, finished the last book for myself.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte--because I was on a classics kick of my own after college.
8 1984 - George Orwell--I had read this on my own, for book club, and for high school.
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman--read this with Hanover
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott--read this on my own, blech.
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy--read this on my own.
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger--High school assignment
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams--Because that is just my kind of thing.
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll--For the girls
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame--for the girls, again
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy--Started it but got too confused by the names. Now that I know how it ends, I don't think I'll finish it.
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez--Book club had read this and apparently thought it took 100 years.
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving--Book club pick
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery--Because I loved those PBS films
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy--Book club pick
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood--Read on my own in high school
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert--I read it about when the movie came out.
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley--Because my granmother recommended it.
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas--Great
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville--Terrible
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker--Classic, had to read
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett--My daughter just finished this.
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White--I had the three E.B. White books as a kid. I still have them.
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--I read this after college.
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery--French class, need I say more?
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole--Book club
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute--thinking about it
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas--During my classics kick.
98 Hamlet – Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Obviously an Austen fan and anti-Dickens.


christinemm said...

OOOh you must read To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it a couple of years ago and LOVED it.

I finally read Lord of the Flies and was really haunted by it. It is a dark book that I did read to the end but the mood of it stayed with me for about a week after.

Books can really get to me sometimes.

#33 and #36 overlap so that is a weird thing on the list.

I am surprised you haven't read Narnia yet, if you do start with "Lion, Witch". Some are better than others. They are great stories. I am sure you know they are a Christian allegory despite you being an Athiest I'd like to think you will still enjoy at least some of the books in the series.

Kim said...

Christine, I know what you mean about Lord of the Flies even though I haven't read it. I hate reading books I know have terrible tragedies and bad endings. I take it very personally and if I deliberately distance myself from the book, then it's not as enjoyable for me.

I was't into classic kids books when I was a kid (hence no A.A. Milne, or Dahl as well as no Narnia). Once I became an adult I felt like I wanted to concentrate on classic adult literature. So I do not have an aversion to Narnia on principle. In fact, even as an atheist I think it is really important for my kids to be familiar with bible stories! Otherwise they will miss out on many of the great references in literature. That and bible stories are very dramatic and can be wonderful, dramatic stories apart from their dogmatic meaning.

Perhaps Narnia should be on my read-soon list so that I can put off any Hugo or Dostoyevsky for a while longer. Whew!