Tuesday, July 08, 2008

100 Books Meme

So, I'm stealing this one from Sean (who, incidentally for those who don't know, is my cousin).

1) Bold: Books I have read.
2) Italics: Books I intend to read.
3) Underline: Books I love.
4) Strikethrough: Books I have no intention of ever reading or was forced to read at school and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own blog.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen I loves me some Jane Austen. Subtle wit and hot men. Whee! Even though, I will admit to hysterical giggles every time I pull my copy off the bookshelf, because Dan defiled it by sticked a prescription drug warning label on it, so the cover now reads "Warning! May cause drowsiness!"
2 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien I really liked this, but due to the devoted following it has amongst hard-core fans, I hesitate to say I loved it. I mean, I haven't reread it since I read it the summer before 7th grade.
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte I never understood the love story here, but I did like Jane. Plus the crazy lady in the attic.
4 Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling I am the ultimate fan girl. Test me.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee I'm almost embarrassed to say I haven't read this yet.
6 The Bible hmmmm... I mean, I've read portions of this, but not the whole thing.
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte I don't love the book, but I LOVE the pro/anti-Cath factions in the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde.
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell=
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman Yeah, yeah, I know... it's on the list.
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens I loved this. I also read it of my own accord, which I think helped my appreciation.
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott I've probably read most of this in elementary school, but I never finished.
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles– Thomas Hardy It's on my bookshelf...
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller What ever happened to the Snowdens of yesterday? FANTASTIC.
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare Hmmm. I've read many of the works of Shakespeare, but I don't think I plan on reading ALL of them.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier I feel I need to read this to fully understand the Daniver clones in Thursday Next.
16 The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien See my comments on Lord of the Rings.
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger I really liked this when I read it in high school. Now, Holden just annoys me.
19 The Time Traveler's Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell I liked it when I read it, but I think now I'd just want to smack Scarlet.
22 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald One of my favorites. Plus, you know when reading it that the parties Gatsby throws are like the ones in Sabrina...
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy I have the new translation sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for me.
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh On my bookshelf!
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky I read this one in college. I like Karamazov better though.
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck East of Eden and Canary Row are better.
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame There are some really beautiful illustrations of this...
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy I think I would really love this now that I'm an adult. But I did really like it when I spent the summer before my junior year in high school reading it...
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens I liked Great Expectations so much, I feel I should read more Dickens.
33 Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis I was bereft when I finished this, because there were no more chronicles...
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis Ok, am I the only one wondering why this is on the list, as is the entire series?
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres I've never had any desire to read this. I don't know why.
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne How could you not love Pooh?
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown Yes, I loved this. Not in that it changed my world view or is a great work of literature, but I loved in a guilty pleasure sort of way, the same way I turn up Avril Lavigne on the radio in the summer when my windows are down or that I know most of the words to "Baby I Got Your Money" by OBD. Or that fact that I've seen What a Girl Wants more times than I can count.
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez I'm a big fan of his work and have it on the shelf. I just have to read it.
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving I like Irving, so I might get around to this one at some point.
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery Anne and I are bosom friends, and not just because my middle name is Anne, with an E.
47 Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale – Margaret Atwood This book scared the ever-living crap out of me, so I can't say I love it. IT'S SCARY SCARY SCARY.
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding I HATE THIS BOOK. HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE. The only reason I forgave Mrs. Haack for making me read it is because everything else we read was awesome that year.
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons This has been calling to me from the bookshelf for a while now!
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen My first Austen. I read it on a train in China.
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
57 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens I was a little "eh" on this, but I think it's because it took me 2 months to read, and I only ever got to read 2-5 pages at a atime.
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon LOVE. I shouted the praises of this from rooftops after I finished!
60 Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez Beautiful. I read this in the England.
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck Probably my least favorite Steinbeck.
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov Yes, it's about a dirty old man, but Nabokov's prose! It's poetry! That's a man who know how to make love to the English language...
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac Des Moines! That's almost to Denver! Also, Kerouac claims that Iowa has the prettiest girls. I read this on a high school train ride to San Fransisco. It changed my life.
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary – Helen Fielding V. good and V. awesome. Every thing wants to be the next Bridget Jones and every thing fails miserably.
69 Midnight's Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby-Dick – Herman Melville I mean... why?
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens Please sir, may I have some more? Already on the bookshelf...
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett I don't know how many times I've read this. It's AWESOME. I love it. And the musical is awesome.
74 Notes From a Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce This is something I'd want to do in a classroom setting, and I don't ever see myself being in that setting.
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – A.S. Byatt It's on the shelf...
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens Ok, I like all the movie versions better. Well, the fun movie versions.
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83The Color Purple – Alice Walker on the shelf!
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web – E.B. White Eh.
88 The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom SERIOUSLY?! This book seems like a load of poo. Schmaltzy poo.
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton I feel things would make more sense if I read some Blyton.
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad Any reason why I should?
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery I don't LOVE this because I read it in French. In French class. And it was hard.
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams My father has been trying to get me to read this since about 5th grade... and I always say "It's about rabbits" But one day, I'll read it, just for Dad.
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole Dan makes random references to this all the time.
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl Not my favorite Dahl, but still a good one.
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo I read half of this in 6th grade, after seeing the musical. It was too much for me at the time, and I really never see myself going back into it. Some other Hugo, sure, but not this.

I tag anyone who has had the tenacity to read this far and has the energy to put into completing this!


M. Molly said...

HOW HAVE YOU NOT READ TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

You SHOULD be embarassed, girl!

Go read it NOW!!

Jennie said...

Dude, I know! But in junior high/high school, only the honors/AP/top level English classes never read it, everyone else did.

And I can't read it until this semester ends. This semester will be insane.