Saturday, April 07, 2007

Books I've Read

Here's a little MEME I did on the books I've read. My favorites among these are: To Kill a Mockingbird; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - those two books I've read over and over many times since childhood. They have a very deep and special meaning to me. They are probably my two favorite novels of all time.

I also really like anything by Barbara Kingsolver, especially The Bean Tree and Poisonwood Bible.

Sue Miller (especially her book THE WORLD BELOW) but it isn't listed here.

The Secret Life of Bees was one that I especially enjoyed.

I used to adore the novels of Herman Hesse (especially Siddhartha). I loved Kurt Vonnegut's novels. Also Douglas Addams.

I also really enjoy Amy Tan's books and don't see them listed on here.

You'll notice that I have never read Harry Potter. Don't know why, but it just never appealed to me. I generally avoid reading things when they are a big craze. For example, I'm just now reading A Million Little Pieces by James Frey even though it was a big bestseller a year or two ago. I waited until he fell out of favor to read his book. I really am absorbed by it so far.

Ironically, one book on here that many people love but I never appreciated (in either book or movie form) was GONE WITH THE WIND. Scarlett's personality irked me to no end! I found her quite annoying. So go figure, my taste in books is out of the norm.

One more thing, I've noticed that while I used to be what I'd considered a slow but avid reader, I notice that since 2003, when I started knitting, I've been reading quite a bit less. I try to always listen to books on CD in the car to make my drive-time productive, but I don't get to sit down with a book nearly as often as pre-knitting life. I miss it!

Try this book quiz if you wish. I own (or have owned) many of these books in the past, but have had to purge my bookshelf quite a bit in all the moves we've made.

In 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 asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

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 Traveler’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 Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling 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)


Elysbeth said...

Unfortunately my tastes are too commercial. I think I'll skip this MEME and continue to pretend to be an academic ;)

ChelleC said...

Well many of these books I read when I was young, such as the Tolkien books. When I was a kid, I was a total bookworm, much like Francie Nolan in TREE GOES IN BROOKLYN. I strongly, strongly identify with her.

Sad to say, in recent years, I'm no longer the total bookworm I once was. But I love books and movies. My nonfiction list of psychology, philosophy, and self-help books would be even longer. Maybe someday I'll write up a list of my favorites if anyone cares to hear about those! I enjoy being my own shrink!

Elysbeth, maybe you could write up a list of the books that you enjoy. This particilar MEME was more classic-oriented, but popular books are great too. Go ahead and share those if you feel so inclined. : )

Laura said...

Yeah, there's a lot on there I'd read as a kid, too. This meme will be fun to do, plus, it'll remind me of all the books I'd forgotten to read. :)