Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Reader's meme...

Courtesy of JG at the Hotchpotcafe:

The rules: Bold the ones you've read completely and italicize the ones you've read part of. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn't count. Abridged versions don't count either. According to the BBC, if you've read 7 of these, you are above the average.* My comments are in parenthesis.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18. Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger (no memory of the plot)
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (hated it)
22. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens (very confusing as an audiobook)
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (delightful!)
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen

35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. 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 - A.A. Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
47. Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (icky ick ick ick)
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert 
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (why is there so much Austen on this list and no Hemingway?)
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon (in Catalan, hated it) 
57. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (TBR)
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 (hated it)
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (TBR)
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 (TBR)
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville (editor please)
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden -Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Inferno-Dante
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome (LOVED it)
78. Germinal - Emile Zola (in French class, the horror)
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - A.S. 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 (twice, the plot still won't stick in my mind)
85. Madam Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry (TBR)
87. Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (LOATHED it)
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down -Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


Helen said...

Not read all the Bible or Shakespeare. Does anyone read Venus and Adonis? Haven't read 38 of them but why is Hamlet listed separately?

Beth said...

SEVEN is above average?! That's pretty dreadful!

I might borrow this meme and post it soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

BTW:"Cold Comfort Farm" is a gem! It's very funny and one of my favorite books of all time! I hope you'll read it one day, or at least see the excellent BBC version of it.

Beth said...

I’m amazed you only have to have read 7 of these books to be above average.
Happy to report I made the cut!

Nomad said...

Is it a good list?
Seems a bit wonky to me...now I need ot find a really good list!
"Girl with a NEW *ahem* mission"...(at least for the time being...)!

Nomad said...

My GOD woman...a canvas a day and how many books this year????

and blogging too?


R U sleeping?

(just another small detail...v lazy and smug of me...would you love to rate the books u read on the sidebar as you enter them out of 20?)

My goodness u r impressive...!


Hula Girl at Heart said...

You are well read, my dear. Excellent job. Now, can you read a little for me, too as I can't seem to make much time for it lately, and that makes me sad.

Katrina said...

So 39, but if I take out the ones I had to read in high school it would only be 28 and without the books I read as a result of reading out loud to my children, 22.

And I agree, way too many Jane's of various kinds. Boy would I love to redraft this list...that would be even more fun.

Anonymous said...

What an unbalanced list: Enid Blyton over Christopher Robin! Also Dickens to death. I read a bunch in school because I had to, hated them but does it still count?
Sea Dog