Monday, March 5, 2007

Books, books and more wonderful books!!!

I snagged this one from Nancy.

A List of Books: Look at 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 10 foot pole, underline the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk the ones you’ve never heard of. (Okay, since I cna't figure out how to underline on Blogger, I'm just going to put (shelf) after all the ones on my shelf).

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) (shelf)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) (shelf)
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) (shelf)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) (shelf)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) (shelf)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) (I just saw a stage performance of an adaptation of the book and I'm completely in love with Anne! I can't wait to read the series!)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)*
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire(Rowling) (shelf)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) (shelf)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) (shelf)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling) (shelf)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)*
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling) (shelf)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) –
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) (shelf)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) (shelf)
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) (shelf)
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) (shelf)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) (shelf)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) (ugh! Read it for a book club and HATED every last page in this overly-long, overly-self-important book! Hours of my life wasted!)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)*
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant) (shelf)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)*
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) (one of the best books I've ever read. Brought me to tears countless times) (shelf)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom) (shelf)
45. Bible(I've read parts of it, but not all of it. I've been doing a program called 10 Minutes of Torah each week, so in theory, I will have at least "skimmed" the Torah/Bible. At some point, I'd like to join a Torah study group that meets weekly to read and review the weekly portion.) (shelf)
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) (shelf)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) (shelf)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) (shelf)
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 Travelling 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) (shelf)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) (but I did see the movie)
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) (shelf)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) (shelf)
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)

Wow. I've got a good list of books to look for the next time I go to the library! You may have noticed that I didn't strike out any of the books. There's quite a few that I'm certainly in no hurry to read, but I didn't see any on the list that I absolutely wouldn't try to read. I may not be willing to pay money for them, but a library book is always the right price! Also, although I do TRY to finish books, I will put them down if I find that I really just don't like it. The only exceptions are when the book was assigned for school or for a bookclub. Then, I'll finish it, but keep a list of the reasons why I hated it. The only other time I finished a book that I couldn't stand was when a distant relative asked me to read a book he'd written. It was so terribly horribly absolutely awful that I agonized reading every word, sentence, paragraph and chapter. But, because I'd promised him to read it, read it I did. In the end, I'm not even sure what I wrote back to him. I probably said things like "I've never read a book quite like it." "I can see that this was a labor of love for you." and other platitudes similar to what Paula says to the dreadful auditioners on American Idol.


Mommy Brain said...

Okay, I had to delurk because I love books AND (even more important) you said you want to read Anne of Green Gables. It's my absolute favorite series and if you want to borrow it just email me. I also have some of the other ones you want to read like the Poisonwood Bible, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the Secret Garden and probably a few of the others.

-A.D. from Flying in Delco

M-j said...

I hated Pillars of the earth, too!