Friday, August 29, 2008

100 Books meme

I last saw this at Adoro Te Devote.

--I've read it.
Highlighted--I want to.
Nuttin'--I don't care.
Dripping with blood--you give it to me, I'll burn it instead.

1.Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (I actually performed this as part of High School Forensics. All humility aside, I was really good at it.)
6. The Bible (duh)
7. Wuthering Heights --Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (even though I was taking high school lit classes in...1984....)
9. His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (Read half of it. A real page turner.)
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (- well, not all of them.)
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (again--just not impressed.)
19. The Time Traveller's Wife -
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot (My grad school apartment-mate's favorite novel, and she was doing a masters in English Lit. It still isn't enough to tempt me.)
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 (despite my husband's pleas)
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (because I don't read airport novels)
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
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 (I would never, never read this again, simply for the haunting character of the first fifty pages [a young teen describing herself getting raped and killed]. I literally couldn't sleep that night after reading it.)
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 (Well, started it. Realized it was claptrap. Dropped it.)
68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville (This is the most overrated novel of American literature. In my humble opinion.)
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker
72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (One of my favorite books a a girl.)
73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74. Ulysses - James Joyce
75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath Not for the faint of heart.
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 (believe it or not. Haven't read it.)
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (well, portions of it)
91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (I know people who adore this, but I don't really get it.)
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 (once again, portions of it)
9. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
100.The Outsiders

I feel like a flunky now. Could we have a theological and philosophical texts list?

I tag whomever wants to play.


Allen's Brain said...

I'd implore you, like SIC, to read Hitchiker's Guide. I'd tell you it's one of my all-time favs, but then you'd NEVER read it.

CMinor said...

I second allen's motion; it's not long and is a quick read. Besides, Adam's agnosticism (which eventually turned to atheism to the detriment of his literature) really doesn't detract--in fact, a few of his comments on religion, I feel, actually support the need for faith (though I can't say as how he meant it to be that way.)

If you can find an audio recording of the original radio broadcast, it is worth your while. Preview before you let the kiddos at it!

Decide for yourself whether you want to continue the "trilogy." The fourth book seems to be considered a dud by many readers. I thought it was kinda funny, but I think I could have lived happily without it as well.

CMinor said...

Gaaaaah! Adams's, not Adam's.

angelmeg said...

I really liked Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time. I mistakenly thought it was a children's book though (not so much, if you ever read it you will find out why very quickly that it is for very mature children only.)

You should really find the time to read it, especially if you ever have to deal with anyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

PraiseDivineMercy said...

I third Allen's request. Read Hitchhiker's guide.

CMinor said...

Okay--I played.