Sunday, March 25, 2007

100 books meme

Courtey of Kirsty at twolimeleaves:

Original instructions: If you want to play along, simply take the list below, paste it into your own blog, put READ next to those you’ve read, WANT TO next to those you are interested in, AGAIN & AGAIN next to those you’ve read and can’t stop, and leave blank those you don’t care to read and “MEH” for stuff you read and weren’t impressed by.

rooruu variations: AGAIN vs AGAIN AND AGAIN - liked, liked v. much. SOCK DRAWER - tidying that would be better than subjecting myself to this alleged literature again. (You'll note below that I didn't keep entirely to their rules, or indeed mine. C'est la vie).

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) Quadruple Meh with pike aka SOCK DRAWER
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Again & Again
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) Not for a long time, but sometime again
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) Not for a long time, but sometime again
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien) Never could get through LOTR
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) AGAIN AND AGAIN
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) AGAIN AND AGAIN
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) AGAIN
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) MEH. Not b. likely after TDVC's meccano writing. SOCK DRAWER
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) AGAIN
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) READ
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling) AGAIN
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King) Not a fan, except for Shawshank
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling) AGAIN
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) AGAIN
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) see LOTR
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) READ. Borderline SOCK DRAWER
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) AGAIN
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) AGAIN AND AGAIN
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) READ (radio series brilliant)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) READ
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) READ (enjoyed more when a kid than now)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) READ
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell) READ years ago
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) This is a weird list, Orwell to this in one leap.
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible AGAIN AND AGAIN
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) AGAIN
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) WANT TO
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens) READ
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) AGAIN
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough) READ (as a teenager)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) AGAIN & AGAIN - an uber-favourite
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger) AGAIN & AGAIN - a new uber-favourite
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy) READ years ago
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice) READ years ago
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares) WANT TO
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) - saw the musical in two cities, does that count?
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding) READ
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) READ. Loved the film.
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) AGAIN & AGAIN
76. Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) READ
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) READ
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck) READ
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen) READ
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams) READ
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) READ
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer) SOCK DRAWER
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) READ
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) READ
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) READ as a teenager
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford) SOCK DRAWER, I suspect
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce) SOCK DRAWER

And having done that, I've got Isssues with this list - it's wacky in some ways. Lots of Harry Potters, a couple of Irvings and Rowlings just to check, is it? A distinctly odd collection of classics of various eras.

I think I shall meditate and come up with an alternate list. Which will quite likely reflect my predilections and choices in literature, but with an eye to a general audience. Hmmmm. Leave it with me.

2 comments:

Brenda Smith said...

I've resisted this meme precisely because the reading list seems so random. And it was to feature an Australian subsection then A Fortunate Life(AB Facey) and The Road From Coorain (Jill Ker Conway) should be there somewhere.

kirsty said...

Yes, R, please DO come up with a better list. This one is just strange! Barbara Taylor Bradford?? (I must confess that I didn't even notice she was there when I did mine). And I've also noticed that I skipped some books that I have read.