Saturday, March 03, 2007

Book lists make me quiver...

You've probably seen this meme floating 'round the 'net. I know Bookfool and Stephanie have done it (and countless others I read...*waves*). So, I had to do it too.

Look at the list of books below: *Bold the ones you’ve read* Italicize the ones you want to read* Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in. If you are reading this (and haven't participated yet), tag, you’re it! I will also be highlighting in red those books that I've read part of. Because the running joke is that I've read part of almost every great book (and a few crappy ones as well).

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)

5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)

8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)

14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)

17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) (but it was only a few pages left before I had to return it to the library! I swear! I claim this one as read most of the time)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)

23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) (piece of shit)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) Alternate TBR
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) (I'm notorious for not finishing this one. I've tried at least 3 times and never get past page 50)
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck) (ran out of steam)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)

31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) (one of my former high school students made me)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell) (I don't have a good excuse for not goin back and finishing this one)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)

36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom) (piece of ....)
45. The Bible (Actually, I've read a bunch of the books....never all at once) (you had to expect this one)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)

49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)

55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)

61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)(for a high school scholarship contest. I think I got 100 pages in and literally threw it at a wall)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)(slogged through it to the very end)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)(petered out, but plan to revisit)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)

70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)(I know everyone loves it, but I didn't make it through when I tried. It's still on the shelf, though)
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)(I love Irving, but the first try never works for me)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)(will conquer this one someday)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)(hasn't everyone tried and failed once or twice?)

And generally the italicized "want to reads" are already on my shelves. I have a lot of reading to do!

Sipping: English Breakfast

Watching: Rachael Ray stir shrimp


  1. I HATED HATED HATED To Kill a Mockingbird. Really. I think I'm the only person.

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is ah-mazing. I'm planning on re-reading it soon. I cry like a baby every time.

  2. Thanks for playing, Andi!!!

    I knew you were well-read. LOL But, oh, you must read The Count of Monte Cristo and Rebecca. They're two of my all-time favorites. I'd save The Count till you're not as overwhelmed, though. Rebecca's a good autumn read.

    I love Heather's comment on To Kill a Mockingbird. It's not weird to hate a book everyone else loves, even though it might feel that way. We're all different and that includes taste in books. I love that about people. And, I think your comment about Jane Eyre was a hoot.

    I kind of hated Wuthering Heights. Really, I just don't think it's romantic at all. It baffles me when people call it romantic. And, it took me a long time to get through 100 Years of Solitude. Magical realism can be fun, but it can also get tiresome.

  3. LOL, Heather! You're surely not the only one. And I basically refuse to read it because the movie was shoved down my throat repeatedly as a child. Even saw a stage production.

    BF, The Count of Monte Cristo keeps creeping up the TBR. Heather F. read it recently and got my mojo goin' for it. I think I'll bookmooch it, actually. I'm glad you mentioned it.

    I also have Rebecca on my TBR shelves. Need to put that one somewhere so that I'll see it more often and get in the mood for it.

    Wuthering Heights is a time-suck, in my humble opinion. As I recall the first 50 pages were creepy and atmospheric enough, but it still wasn't enough to make me read it all.

    And thank you re: Jane Eyre. I REALLY need to finish those last few pages so I can count it as "read" and not feel guilty. Same thing with Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. Great book, still technically got 15 pages to go.

  4. Great list, Andi. I'm off to post mine today. BTW, Blindness is a great book. I oculd ramble on and on here about all the books listed, but you'll figure out what I would've said when you see mine, I suppose.

  5. I usually get such a shocked response from people when I say I hated TKaMB, that I totally feel like I'm the only person.

    On the other hand, Wuthering Heights is one of my favourite books.


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