Oooh–a great book meme from Charlotte’s Web.
Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicise the ones you want to read,
cross out the ones you won’t touch with a 10 foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of. Like Charlotte, I’ve left unformatted the books to which I feel perfectly indifferent. 1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) – I am proud to report that I did not actually BUY the book thereby profiting his evilness, Dan Brown. A friend of mine said I MUST read this book, so I did. I must admit it is an oddly stupefying page turner, but full of horrid craft errors (hello? the dude ends a chapter by writing, “And then he opened the door…” complete with ellipses!). It did NOT help when an MFA peer of mine said my writing reminded her of Dan Brown’s. Bleah.
2. +Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) – Jane Austen’s books are very similar. I wonder if all the characters knew each other.
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) – Kickass book. It makes me sad that she wrote one book (according to a writer I know, 70% of writers only write one book), but if she had to write one, then she did well.
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) – it was okay.
5. + The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien) – great story, awful writing. I hear Tolkien refused to edit. Um.
6. + The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) – see #5
7. + The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) – see #5, 6
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) – I barely remember this book.
9. *Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) – never heard of it
10. *A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) – never heard of it
11. + Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) – I love Harry Potter.
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) – I hate Dan Brown.
13. + Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) – I love Harry Potter.
14. +A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) – As Owen Meany would say, “I LOVE JOHN IRVING HE USED TO BE MY FAVORITE MODERN AUTHOR BEFORE MURAKAMI DISPLACED HIM.” Seriously.
15. + Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) – Not interested. I read a bit of it, but decided, “Not Interested.” You can read my further opinion here if you are interested in part of why I’m not interested.
16. + Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling) – I love Harry Potter.
17. *Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald) – what?
18. The Stand (Stephen King) – never read it.
19. + Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling) – I love Harry Potter.
20. + Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) – Jane rox!
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) – um.
22. +The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) – One of my favorite books EVER. And definitely one of my favorite characters EVER. Too bad writer dude decided to stop writing.
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) – I thought I liked this book a lot, until I read Salinger and Murakami and Hemingway, etc.
24. + The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) – It was…okay. If this book makes it into the canon, I’ll be surprised.
25. +Life of Pi (Yann Martel) – Cool premise.
26. +The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) – pretty good for a sci fi book.
27. + Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) – Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre? I liked Jane Eyre better though I did like the tragic nature of Wuthering Heights.
28. +The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) – one of my favorite childhood books.
29. +East of Eden (John Steinbeck) – I love Steinbeck–his characters are wonderfully drawn. The image of Cathy/Kate’s teeth has stuck with me, even years later.
30. +Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) – tearjerker. a good one. But it didn’t change my life.
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) – I watched the movie. Woo! Kyle MacLachlan.
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) – someday. maybe.
33. +Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) – I used to LOVE Ayn Rand but now I think she’s crazy. Which makes this kind of an interesting read.
34. +1984 (Orwell) – okay.
35. *The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) – what is this?
36. *The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) – huh?
37. *The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay) – huh? Is this a self help book?
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb) – Wally Lamb is an okay writer. Not great.
39. +The Red Tent (Anita Diamant) – this book was pretty good.
40. *The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) – wuh?
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) – I remember reading this book in junior high or high school. Man, Ayla had a lot of sex!
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) – I see this in the bookstores all the time. Ho hum.
43. *Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) – is this chic lit?
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom) – I’m interested–sounds like a good read when I have the flu and I’m snuggled up in bed. I’d like to know who I’ll meet when I die (if I go to Heaven).
45. +Bible – I read it as literature in college, and as spiritual guide as a child.
46. +Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) – Tolstoy is a master.
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) – s’ok.
48. +Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) – sad, so very very sad.
49. +The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) – I like Steinbeck.
50. +She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb) – hohum.
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) – ok.
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens) – Dickens is a master at storytelling. It was the best of the times, it was teh worst of times…hello? is that not the shit!?
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) – not interested.
54. + Great Expectations (Dickens) – Dickens is the shit!
55. + The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) – Okay. My favorite novel of all time.
56. * The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence) – what?
57. +Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) – I love Harry Potter.
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough) – who cares.
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) – okay.
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger) – who cares.
61. +Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) – Dostoevsky is the shit! I loved this book.
62. +The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) – Best of Ayn Rand’s books–she crazy! But fascinating. Howard Roark! What a character. I have a friend whose hubby’s last name is Roark…I had this book on the mind when I kept calling her husband Howard. Sorry.
63. +War and Peace (Tolstoy) – a masterpiece.
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice) – I read the book in high school way before the movie, even though vampires freak me out! It was good. The movie sucked.
65. +Fifth Business (Robertson Davis) – it was good.
66. +One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) – this book is the shit. Marquez is a master.
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares) – ho hum.
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) – it was ok
69. +Les Miserables (Hugo) – one of my favorite stories while growing up. i even watched the musical.
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) – i don’t remember this book but i know i read it.
71. +Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding) – *sigh* i do remember this book. it was good, but not a classic and i think i’d rather have remembered the little prince.
72. +Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez) – Marquez is wonderful, I wish I could write like him, I wish I could have a glimpse into his mind and slip into his body for five minutes while he’s writing.
73. Shogun (James Clavell) – never read it. don’t care.
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) – hohum.
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) – hohum.
76. *The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay) – huh?
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) – huh?
78. +The World According To Garp (John Irving) – I loved Irving. This, along with A Prayer for Owen Meany (and A Widow for One Year) are my favorite Irving books.
79. *The Diviners (Margaret Laurence) – yawn.
80. + Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) – One of the BEST children’s books ever.
81. * Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley) – ?
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck) – I liked East of Eden and Grapes of Wrath better than this book.
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier) – ….
84. *Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)- ???
85. Emma (Jane Austen) – s’ok.
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams) – I freaking LOVED this book. Warrior rabbits!
87. +Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) – This book was the bomb! I loved it.
88. + The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields) – maybe.
89. * Blindness (Jose Saramago) – ?
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer) – ??
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje) – whatever.
92. +Lord of the Flies (Golding) – one of my favorite books from my childhood. this book is brutal! i loved it.
93. +The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck) – Olan was soooo sad. The season where she gives birth and what she does to the baby is heartwrenching.
94. +The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) – maybe someday.
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) – Jason Bourne! Matt Damon!
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) – I loved this book when I read it as a child.
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch) – Wasn’t this an Oprah book?
98. *A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
– Who cares.
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce) – Joyce is a genius but I don’t understand him at all.
- Read 64
- Own 42
- Want to read 11
- Indifferent 23
- Never heard of 14