Friday, March 06, 2009

Books .. lots of books

Got this list from Dr Steph - the average person has ready 6 books from the list.

My number is 78

My father was an English teacher. I guess he rubbed off on me

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - Many times over - I was 13 the first time
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien – Read it in University and re-read it when the first movie came out
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - Read it, watched it, love it
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling – All but the last one which I couldn't get in to
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - Yes
6 The Bible - bits and pieces but not lately
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - Studied it in High School. Loved it
8 1984 - George Orwell - Yes
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman - First 2 - still sitting by my bed for the 3rd
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - Yes
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott - Yes
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy – Yes - cried buckets
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller – Yes
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – Not all of them but all the biggies (Hamlet, The Scottish Play, R & J, Julius Caesar, Lear, Midsummer Nights Dream...
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - Yes
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks - Part - its on my bookshelf waiting
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Yes - am I the only one in the world who thought it was sophomoric?
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - Yes, - cried buckets
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot- Yes
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Yes
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - Yes and everything he wrote
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens- Yes- read it last summer
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - Yes - in my ambitious University days
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - 42
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh - Yes
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Yes
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - Yes
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame - Yes
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - Yes
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - Yes
33 The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - only Lion Witch and Wardrobe
34 Emma - Jane Austen - Yes
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen - Dozens of times
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - Yes - see above
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - No
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres- No but saw the movie. THis one doesn't seem to belong on the list
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - Yes, - fabulous
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne – Yes - my father read it to me and I read it to my kids
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell -Yes
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - No
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Yes
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving - Yes
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins - Yes and saw the BBC series - its great
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - Yes
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy - Yes - in high school
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - Yes
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding - Yes
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan - Yes- are all of Ian McEwen's mothers dysfunctional?
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel - Yes
52 Dune - Frank Herbert- Yes
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons - No
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen - Yes
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth - No
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon - No and haven't heard of this one
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - Tis a far far better thing I do... um Yes
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - Yes
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon - Yes
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - No
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck – Yes. Why not The Grapes of Wrath
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov - Yes
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt - Tried and failed
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold – If Heather says its worth reading then it must be ... right?
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas - No
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac - Yes
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy - Yes
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding - Yes
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie - Yes
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville - Tried
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens - Yes
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker - Yes
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - Yes
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson - No
75 Ulysses - James Joyce - Has anyone read this?
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - Yes and now I am depressed
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome - Yes
78 Germinal - Emile Zola - No
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray - Yes
80 Possession - AS Byatt- Yes - twice
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - Bah Humbug - Yes
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell - No
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker -No
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro - Yes
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert - Yes
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry - Yes - fantastic book
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White - Yes
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom - No
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Yes
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton – No
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - Yes
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery – Yes in english and French
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks - No
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams - Yes
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole - Yes
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute - LOVE LOVE LOVE this book - YES
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas - Yes
98 Hamlet – Shakespeare – Yes
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - yes
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo - Yes

So where is the Hemingway? Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises - all missing. Puzzling

I read a lot! I have a pile of books beside my bed at all times and one of my favourite activites is scouring the used book stores for deals.

How did you do?

5 Comments:

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Heike said...

78 is amazing.
I've read 28.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Bea said...

I've read 81 of them. Several of those twice as well. 3 of them I have and haven't gotten to yet. One of my favorite authors is Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I pleased to see he's onthe list. I do wonder what happened to those other books you mention at the bottom.

 
At 8:01 PM, Blogger lookinout said...

I've read The Lord of the Ring numerous times, and all of the Chronicles of Narnia (7 I think). I used to read much more than I do now. Some of those on the list I really disliked. Les Misérables was the first one I had to read in French and really enjoyed. I'm not good at subtle messages.

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger Judy H. said...

I hit 37. The people who have only read 6 must not have done their homework in high school -- I'm sure I had more than six assigned!

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger Shirley said...

I've read 41 books off the list.

 

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