Sunday, November 21, 2010

One Hundred Books

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
That has been fun several times. I am sure I will do it again - it's on my Kindle.
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
No way never.
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Fun once.
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
Read and utterly LOVED the first one but saw no reason to read another.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Never read it - loved the movie - is there a reason to read it after that?
6 The Bible
Yup - bits and pieces. What a silly story!
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Once, high school, is enough, though I will say that tapping on the window was really spooky.
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
Never read it and never will.
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
He sounds intriguing but I suspect my backlog will continue to displace him.
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Had to in high school. Great potboiler. Pip was really a mean guy in his time.
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
The movie was really good.
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Perhaps the only Hardy I have not read.
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
Complete? No way. But lots.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Loved the movie.
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Sorry - I think Tolkien is silly - and I know because I have never read any of his works.
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
Are you kidding?
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
I was too well-adjusted as a child to bother.
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
I watched the movie - sweet but silly so no I won't ever read this.
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
Have read no Mary Ann Lewes books in my life. I may correct this as they are likely free for my Kindle.
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
No but love the movie.
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
I love the last passage about rowing. And there is a new movie coming.
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
I tried and failed. It was too bleak for me.
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Yes! And it was amazingly enjoyable! Go Peter - shoot that midget!
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Yes! Yes! Yes! And all his too few other books,
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Yes but I recall nothing of it.
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The movie was better but that was in the time of Henry Fonda.
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Multiple times and constantly.
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Yup - damned dog ate my copy, though.
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Once and never again.
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Once - great story.
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
No nay never.
34 Emma-Jane Austen
A few times - my first-year University teacher made me love this book.
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
Hm - it IS on the Kindle.
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Not a chance. Pullman is higher on the list.
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein
Movie is enough.
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
Sadly, I wasted time on this. The movie is also worth missing.
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
Absolutely - some of the worst and most entertaining writing I recall.
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
Pretty sure it's a no.
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
I think so.
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
Yes. All those poor men!
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
No. I recommend one read 'The Edible Woman' and then no other Atwood.
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Perforce - high school.
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
I read all McEwan and this is the least satisfying. A nasty trick!
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
No and I will go to the grave innocent of this fatuous fool's books.
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
No could not even manage the movie it was so silly.
53 Cold Comfort Farm
Liked the movie.
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Yes! And it is on the Kindle!
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
High School.
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
I once thought this silly thing was profound.
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
No and never.
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Guy is too much of a windbag - I tried him once but the rewards did not match the effort.
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
No but like the movie and plays.
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Yes - it was a great portrait of 1950s America,
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
Never heard of it
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
No - sounds depressing.
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Liked the movie.
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
No way - no attraction to the era.
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
Of course!
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
Of course!
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
Never read any Rushdie and I am not even Muslim!
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
No - would if he could get to the point.
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
And I have not seen any of the movies either.
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
Why bother?
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
This guy writes with authority about things he does NOT know. Having found a giant mistake in the first of his books I tried to read, I have given up on him.
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
Actually, yes. It is a sweet sad book about the connection of a couple of lost souls.
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
No. I did TRY to watch the Gerard Depardieu movie.
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
I have started it a couple of times.
80 Possession - AS Byatt
I loved the movie.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Hard to avoid.
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Never heard of it.
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
Sadly I did waste my time on this.
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
And what a joy that scene with the agriculture speech interspersed with the seduction!
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White (X)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I've read some.
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
Perforce - high school.
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
One book I had when I was really little.
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
I loved it - a nice parable about the creation of myth.
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
Tried and failed.
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
No, and I find the movies silly.
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
Of course.
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
I think yes, and even in French, long ago.

What a bizarre list. h/t EclectEcon


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