Book Meme

Not sure why I'm doing this, except to show everyone how well-read and sophisticated I am, and because it's lunch time and I'm bored. I saw it on Laugh it Up Fuzzball. You're supposed to bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole, put a cross in front of the ones on your bookshelf, and asterisk the ones you’ve never heard of. I didn't bother with the "ones on your bookshelf" part.

1. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown [Had to read it for a book club. It sucks. Richard Langdon has to be the dumbest symbologist of all time. I just watched the movie, which was even worse.]
2. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen [Lawrence Olivier will always be Mr. Darcy to me.]
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 [I tried, but had to stop because of the persistent desire to claw my eyes out.]
10. A Fine Balance* - Rohinton Mistry
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
12. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving [One of my favorites.]
15. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - J.K. Rowling
17. Fall on Your Knees* - Ann-Marie MacDonald
18. The Stand - Stephen King
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
20. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
21. The Hobbit - Tolkien
22. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger [I didn't even like this book when I was 13.]
23. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott [Wasn't Louisa May Alcott's family some kind of commie nudist cult or something?]
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 [I'm getting teary just thinking about it.]
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 [All Dune books are on my bookshelf, even Chapterhouse, which is truly horrible. I think it's what finally killed Herbert.]
32. The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks [I think I bought this one as research. I was going to write a romance novel and make a million dollars. Note to self: put that on my Next Actions list.]
33. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand [Well, of course. I read it when I was 14 and immediately joined The Objectivist Society. Fortunately Objectivism was just a teenage phase, like heavy black eyeliner.]
34. 1984 - George Orwell
35. The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
36. The Pillars of the Earth* - Ken Follett
37. The Power of One* - Bryce Courtenay [This one sounds suspiciously like a self-help book: The Power of One: Ten easy ways to lose weight by eating only one-calorie foods.]
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 [Sex in the Pleistocene!]
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 [Strangely enough, I have several copies. I've tried to read it but I usually fall asleep. I believe my mom is currently reading "The Bible for Dummies." Maybe she'll lend it to me.]
46. Anna Karenina - Leo 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 - Charles Dickens
53. Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card [I like the Piggies better.]
54. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens [I've been assigned this book about a billion times, but I think I only managed to get through it once.]
55. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
56. The Stone Angel - Margaret Laurence
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
58. The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough [I love the Colleen McCullough Rome books.]
59. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrew Niffenegger
61. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
62. The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
63. War and Peace - Tolstoy [Do I need to read this? Or was Tolstoy being paid by the word, like Herman Melville or David Foster Wallace?]
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 - Victor Hugo
70. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery ["El Principito" is on my bookshelf. One of my Spanish teachers gave it to me.]
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen 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 - John 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 - Micahel 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 [I'm an English major. Of course I've read it.]


Joe said...

If you have Lord of the Rings, you owe it to yourself to seek out A Song of Ice and Fire series from George R.R. Martin.

Baron von Douchehausen said...

Couldn't resist. I love books.

Yes, you should read War & Peace. Don't bother with the opinion piece of an afterword, unless you really want to know what Tolstoy thinks of "great men" and their role in history. Just so you know, he thinks the great man theory is nonsense. They are made, not born. But none of this has much to do with the novel which is an excellent mix of love, war, Russian parties, class differences, fox hunts, freemasons, peasants, and a big fire...and so much more! Much better than Melville, in my opinion, probably because its scope is so much larger.

Once you get started, you won't put it down.


Lisa Snell said...

You should read the Time Traveler's wife...

Anonymous said...

get stewed. books are a load of crap.