Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A bookish Meme

Now this is a MEME I had fun with! I found it on Clare's blog (Dordogne Quilter.) I love to read and will read just about anything from Science Fiction to the Classics. They all have their time and place - heck sometime a cookbook is the perfect read (which is why I have an entire bookcase full of them!)

Look at the list of books below:
Bold the ones you’ve read
Italicize the ones you want to read
Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.
If you are reading this, tag, you’re it!

The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown) Not sure what all the fuss was about?
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) My favorite Austen novel
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) The real question is how many times have I read this book!
Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) My favorite Irving novel
Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) So much better than the movie.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
The Stand (Stephen King) I have read lots of his other novels though...I love his colum in Entertainment Weekly and find his reccomendations on novels and movies spot-on.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) I have a list of classics that I want to read while in England
The Hobbit (Tolkien)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) Read for school...not high on the reccomendation list
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) I'm taking Clare's reccomendation and will read soon!
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte). ditto Clare's comment "Read it at school. Haven't touched it since."
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) This is the only book of his I've read...not a big fan.
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
1984 (Orwell) Very scarey book but I like it. Very appropriate to our time.
The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
The Red Tent (Anita Diamant) A great read
The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) plus all the sequels...
The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) I have reccomended this book to hundreds of people
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
The Bible - not at one sitting or even one month but I think I've gotten through it.
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) Does it count if you started it but didn't finish...
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) Doesn't every American High School student read this one!
She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) I love her writing! I went on to read all of her novels.
A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens) Again required school reading
Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
Great Expectations (Dickens)
The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough) I liked her series on Ancient Rome better
The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) Atwood is another of my favorite authors! Her short stories are incrediable Wilderness Tales...also, try Robber Bride
The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
War and Peace (Tolstoy)
Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) One of my favorite classes at univeristy was the Political Novel. I've reread more books from that class than any I've ever taken. This was one of them.
Les Miserables (Hugo)
The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
Shogun (James Clavell)
The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
The World According to Garp (John Irving) One of the few novels that I may have liked the movie more than the book!
The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
Emma (Jane Austen)
Watership Down (Richard Adams)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) Again from the Politial novel class...
The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
Blindness (Jose Saramago)
Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
Lord of the Flies (Golding) Not sure how I've missed this one....
The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)Doesn't everyone go through a secret agent reading phase....
The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
White Oleander (Janet Fitch) A great novel but disturbing....
A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
Ulysses (James Joyce) This is the opposite of my earlier problem...what if you finish reading the novel but are not sure what you read. Does that still count? My Mom told me not to bother reading Ulysses until I'm 50.... Can I get credit for reading Dubliners instead? (A much more enjoyable/accessible read.)

One of the things I noticed going through the list is I don't like to go back and read a book after seeing the movie but I am OK with seeing a movie after reading the book.

So what am I reading right now? I finished The Unlikely Spy (Daniel Silva) this past weekend. A good WWII secret agent novel that travels well (don't have to concentrate too much!) Also reading Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakspeare (Stephen Greenblatt) This is a reread to get ready for a visit to Stratford-on-Avon next month. This is a great book but not a traveler! Finally, I picked up The Skystone (Jack Whyte) which is part two of the Camulod Chronicles. I liked the first in the series so will most likely read all of them! I am also paging through The Sonoma Diet for obvious is spring and the diet books are blooming....
The horses in the photo are from the walk last weekend. I loved how different they all are! They were a bit of handfull though...the one with the brown blaze on his face wanted to play and the big (really big) white and brown wanted his nose rubbed and could knock you down if you weren't ready for his head-butt! They say you are not suposed to bother the farm animals when you hike through the fields...has anyone told them they aren't supposed to harrass the walkers!


Marcie said...

It was fun reading through that list. I enjoyed your comments.

Lois R. said...

There was just an article in Newsweek about Baby Boomer books (Catch 22, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc.) The only one in their list that I HAD read was Green Eggs and Ham! I guess that tells you something about me! (To be fair, I'm not really a baby boomer!)

anne bebbington said...

Interesting your comment about Colleen McCullough - I've loved all her books except the Roman ones and only because I just couldn't get my head round all those characters with such similar names - impossible to work out who was doing what. Ladies of Missalonghi and Tim are lovely books by her

Clare said...

A friend lent me the whole Camulod series. I loved the first 2, but have sort of gone off them. Perhaps I need to give them a break.

Dawn said...

I"ve read some, but not all. And some of them I just plain hated! I even skipped one which I was supppose to read for school! Love the pics of the horses!