Thursday, May 03, 2007

Book Meme

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Talk about serendipity. Here I am, watching Fahrenheit 451 and thinking about books and feeling like I was to find a list of 'must reads', or come up with a list of must reads. Then I found this book meme on this blog I, Meme, Mine (she has a seperate blog just for meme, isn't that the coolest? I used to be an avid reader. One summer I rode my bike everyday to the library and just read and read and read. For a number of years I worked in a bookstore, and again I read and read (and bought more than I read...). Quite a few years ago though I almost stopped reading altogether. I finally realized time this I used to read, my situation had changed. I used to read on the subway, and when you only commute during rushhour on streetcars - reading isn't gonna happen. Part of my 101 in 1001 is to read these 20 books, and I'm surprized that at around 40% time gone by during the challenge I've only read about 25% of them.

Anyhow, on to the meme. I've no idea who came up with this original list, and I'm not saying is a 'must read' list but it looks like a good start!

Here is what you do:

"Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a ten foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf and an asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of."

First is my answers, then after is a blank version all ready for you to copy/paste. Feel free to be tagged!

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) * I had no idea this was based on a book
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) + review here
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)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) - I don't remember it very well, would likely re-read it
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) *
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel) *
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) + review here
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck) * I've heard of the film
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) *
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) +
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) * I've heard of the film
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) *
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) +
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) *
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay) * I've heard of the film
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) *
45. Bible - hmmm, I don't know how to use strikethrough. I've read parts of it.
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) - indifferent
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) zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) - one of the best books ever. Widely recommend it.
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 (Audrey Niffenegger) *
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)

64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice) +
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davies)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) *
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling 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), I'm sure I've sold literally hundreds of copies of this book
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay) Another great book!
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) *
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving) - indifferent
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence) +
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) + This was the first novel I read
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) - I'm shocked I've not read this
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago) *
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer) - indifferent
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) - indifferent, don't know anything about it other than title
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) - another one I must have sold hundreds of copies
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Wow, that was fun! I think the most interesting thing I discovered was that there are very few books I wouldn't be interested in reading! Not much non fiction there though. Good fun!

Blank copy for you to play!

1. The Da Vinci 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)
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)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
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)
45. Bible
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 (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davies)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling 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)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
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)
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)

2 comments:

Sacred Suzie said...

I noticed that too Shannon, that' you're a very open-minded reader and that you did very well, there are many books there that you have read that I haven't. Bravo!

Tammy said...

SO fun! I'm going to do my own list!

Outlander is one you marked you hadn't heard of - it is phenomenal! It's the beginning of a series - time travel books - I LOVE them! :)