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Monday, February 26, 2007

Literary Meme

As you-all know I'm not a big meme fan but how could I pass up one about BOOKS?!? Thanks to CrankyProf for being the blogger whose post got me involved.

By definition, reading the list constitutes "tagging"-- paste it into your own blog and change accordingly.

I've shown you mine, you show me yours... if you play please leave a note in the comments so I know to go looking at your site.


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.

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)--but I did see the movie a couple times.
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) Great book. Really fine.
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) -- although I've almost read this book often, I always found something slightly more appealing.
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) I know it was popular for a while but not my thing.
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) AND all five of the original sequels.
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) It's got its moments but I tend to agree with Officer Barbrady.
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) I remember when this was popular and I had planned to read it then decided "nope, not my thing."
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant) Not because I think I'll like it but because too many other people have asked me "have you read this yet?"
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) Tried to read it--gave up. My mother and grandmother both liked the whole set; that may have something to do with it.
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) Well, okay, I've read PARTS of it.
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) Ditto.
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) but I do want to read her essays.
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) I had to google this to see what it was and now that I have it's high on the to-read list---I bet I would've gone just apeshit for this series when I was a teen.
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) I expected more.
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) Another one I've nearly read a lot.
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) Tried and failed.
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy) Made a valiant effort and got maybe a third to halfway through. As Heinlein says, whatever purpose Russian fiction serves it isn't entertainment.
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) I know it's a literary hole I need to fill someday.
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares) Eldest has read this one and seemed to like it.
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) LOVED this when I first read it as a late teen.
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) Another tried-and-failed.
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) Not to be confused with My Secret Garden which I've read numerous times.
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) I have LOVED this book for...oh...three decades now.
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) My daughter is reading this one for a class.
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch) Another one I've nearly read a lot...may eventually get to it one day but not yet.
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Special Bonus Round: List the three books at the top of your CURRENT reading and the one most recently finished:

1) Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously (Julie Powell) I'm halfway through this one
2) The Last Resort (Alison Lurie)
3) Self-made Man (Norah Vincent)

MRF: Foreign Affairs (Alison Lurie)

My "To Read List" is getting pretty long; it will have to become a post of its own some time.

2 Comments:

Blogger Old Knudsen said...

I've read quite a lot of the same books you have but I won't be doing this meme as I can't remember books after I've read them, lucky they turn them into films Ha!

February 27, 2007 1:11 AM  
Blogger SamD said...

yeah I had to google some of those titles because I couldn't remember if I'd read them or not...you read a lot that's bound to happen.

February 27, 2007 8:02 AM  

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