Sunday, September 14, 2008

100 Book Meme

Well, I'm at my MIL's house right now, and hubby and his dad are watching the Broncos game, MIL and the girls are playing outside, and the second TV automatically switched to "Murder She Wrote" which is recording, so I figure I can do this fun meme that Christine over at Good Company has up. I do have to say though, that I am not the world's biggest "literature" person...I would much rather read a how-to book:

Bold--I've read it.
Italics--I started it.
Gold --I want to.
Nuttin'--I don't care.
Red -- Have no interest and will never have an interest.
Green -- Seen the movie. (I'm not much of a movie person, so I'm not going to bother with this one...but I have seen all the Lord of the Rings movies, and all the Harry Potter and Narnia movies that have been released so far)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (I've started this, but I really WANT to finish it someday)
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK 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 - Phillip Pullman
10. Great Expectations -Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (I'm sick, I LOVE Hardy)
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
19. The Time Traveller's Wife -
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 Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (read all the books in the *ahem* trilogy several times)
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (too much Russian lit class...I love Russian novels)
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
37. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (although I'm pretty sure I'll have to read it to Eva)
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
47. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (I LOVED this book and have read it a dozen times)
48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
49. Atonement - Ian McEwan
50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
51. Dune - Frank Herbert
52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
67. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker
72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74. Ulysses - James Joyce
75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
77. Germinal - Emile Zola
78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
79. Possession - AS Byatt
80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86. Charlotte's Web - EB White
87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (too many "are you gonna marry Watson" jokes from my youth...the kids weren't really smart enough for a good insult!)
89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93. Watership Down - Richard Adams
94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
99. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
100.The Outsiders -S. E. Hinton


Christine said...

I really enjoyed reading your list. I might change my mind on the Handmaid's Tale - just because you liked it, and I love Hardy too! My husband thinks it's crazy. Far from the Madding Crowd is great - I'm sure the library has it. And the Time Traveler's Wife is not worth the time...unless you really love the idea. I found it creepy and way over-s**ed.

Whimsy said...

I am going to make a plug for Pooh Bear. I like Pooh for a read-aloud better than the L. I. Wilder series -- and that's really saying something, because I love Little House books! It actually gets better the older you get.

Whenever we cross a footbridge, we always have to search for some sticks for races. We like Milne's poetry, too. "Furry Bear" is a great poem.

Disney = Bad.
Original = Wonderful.


OK, was the Handmaid's Tale a pre-conversion flirtation? I have to say that I've read it, and I considered it strictly feminist propaganda. I assume that you don't view your own marriage in the same way that marriage is presented in this dystopian rag.

Off to see the little sister this week!


majellamom said...

I know...I really need to give Pooh a chance...but Disney has severely soured me to the character.

As for the Handmaid's Tale...not preconversion. And yes, in a sense it is feminist propoganda, but I found it to be a compelling story (of course, very anti-religion) but I did read it the first time in conjunction with my thesis on fertility/infertility/medicalization of childbirth, which made it very interesting.

However, I kinda put it in a similar category as "A Brave New World"...yes both can offend a lot of people (I know ABNW has a better message), but both show a utopian dystopia.

And of course, I don't use The Handmaid's Tale as a vision for my marriage!