Thursday, August 13, 2009

How Many Books Have I Read?

It is a meme®, but interesting natheless. I found it on Nada Gordon’s Facebook. “The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?” X marks books that I have read, honest!

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen—X—I like Austen. V.S. Pritchett likened the social interplay in Austen to naval maneuvers.
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien—X
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte—Been meaning to…
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling—Nothing against Potter, just never bothered
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee—X, pretty compelling, at least as a high school read
6 The Bible—X
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - X
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman—Why Pullman, why this particular one?
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens—X
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott-
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy—X
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller - X
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare—I have read about half of Francis Bacon’s oeuvre.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier -
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien—X
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk—Never heard of it
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger – X—Seemed okay when I was 15… I GUESS I WAS WRONG
19 Time Traveler's Wife--Audrey Niffenegger—Never read it but the ads for the movie look smarmy
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot—I read Mill on the Floss
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell—nor saw the movie either
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens – How many Dickens book should one read? I say two.
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy -- X
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams—X
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- X
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck --
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll-- X
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame-- X
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy—Read 200 pages, seemed soapy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens -- X
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis --
34 Emma - Jane Austen -- X
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen—X, Still got to read Mansfield Park
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis -- X
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres --
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden -
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne -- X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell - X
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown -X
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez -
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving—I read Garp, and no longer need to read more
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery--
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy X—I like Hardy, including his poetry
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood -
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding -
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan-
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel -
52 Dune - Frank Herbert – X, great book, heinous series
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons-
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen X-
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth --
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon -
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens- -
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley -X
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon -
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck—You don’t read this, you absorb it
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov -
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt -
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold -
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas -- X
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac –The idea of Kerouac, by and large, is more interesting than the actual work: I lost interest
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy -X
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding-
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie --
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville -- X
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens --
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker - X
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett -
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson -
75 Ulysses - James Joyce- X
76 The Inferno – Dante - X
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome -
78 Germinal - Emile Zola -
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray-- X
80 Possession - AS Byatt –-
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens -- X
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell -
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker -
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro -
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert -- X
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry -
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White --
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom -
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- X
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid B
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - X
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery - X
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks -
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams -
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole X—Not a great book but what a wonderful comic character!
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute -
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas -- X
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare - X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl --
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

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