Friday, 30 March 2007

the book meme

You've probably seen this one around the place. I'm learning a lot about you all from reading your book meme lists. I'll have a go. I got this one from fellow steeker, Louiz.

Bold the ones you’ve read
Italicize the ones you want to read
Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.

I'm gonna add something different to mine. In the case of books I've read, I'll add a comment about whether it was great or it sucked or something similar.

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown) (over it by the last page)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) (an all time favourite)
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) Another one I love.
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) Better known as Crosstitch, here and I loved it. Oh Jamie....
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) And the fuss about that one was....?
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) One of those 'this can't be happening to me' books as in it's just too, too good.
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) A beloved favourite. I'm a classics girl. Can you tell?
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) A childhood favourite
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) Love him!
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) Definitely in my top 3
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) Can a book really be lifechanging when you're only 7?
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) I'd like to read it again some day
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) I think I liked this one. I can't really recall.
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) (Or Bonking Across Siberia as my friend calls 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. The Bible (Bits and pieces)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) (Classics lover and once a Russian student)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) Oh the suffering....
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
.50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) - God I was bored which was a shame because my sister loved it and really wanted me to love it, too.
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens) One of the few Dickens I haven't read.
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens) Yes!!! Love it!
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) (Am I the only person on the planet who doesn't give a shit about Potter or Rowling????
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough) I always wanted to have an affair with a priest after this book! he he
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) i can't look at pats of butter without thinking of them as moisturiser after this book!
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) Such a long time ago. Might read it again one day.
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy) I admit it. I slogged my way through that and I skipped a lot of the battle scenes.
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) Year 12. Higher School Certificate. Thank you Ms Meadows.
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding) Best line from this book: Eat more pulses. Kills me everytime.
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) Read it around the time of the movie. Yawn.
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) Yes!!!
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) Gwyneth should never have been allowed to be in the movie.
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) So bloody traumatic.
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) Had to. At uni. Not sure I remember much of it.

Give me classics, classics and more classics. Love. Love. Love. As long as by classics we mean Victorian (mostly) English women writers. Middlemarch should so be on that list.

It's probably not going to be a surprise when I say that the greatest moment I had when travelling in the UK was visiting the Bronte parsonage in Haworth. I could have happily flown home after that. I'd done what I came to do.

But I just finished reading a Janet Evanovich novel, so you know, I can do low brow too. :-)