Tuesday, July 8, 2008

How Many Have YOU Read?

This meme is making the blog rounds, I got it from The English Geek who got it from someone else's blog, who got it from yet another blog......

(meme: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture).

It's the Top 100 list of books from The Big Read, which claims that most people have read, on average, six or fewer books from the list. After going through the list myself it is clear that I read a LOT and I'm a fan of George Orwell, Charles Dickens, and other classic writers.

(At the end of this post I will list a few things that you may not know about me with regard to books and reading.)

So, want to play along?

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.

2) Italicize those you intend to read (as in the book is bought and sitting on my shelf).

3) Underline the books you LOVE.

Ready? OK!

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen.

2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien.

3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee.

6. The Bible.

7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte.

8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell.

9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman.

10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott.

12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy.

13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller.

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare.

15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien.

17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks.

18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger.

19. The Time Traveler’s's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger.

20. Middlemarch - George Eliot.

21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald.

23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens.

24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams.

26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck.

29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll.

30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis.

34. Emma - Jane Austen.

35. Persuasion - Jane Austen

36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini.

37. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne.

40. Animal Farm - George Orwell

41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown.

42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving.

44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery.

46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

47. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood.

48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding

49. Atonement - Ian McEwan

50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel

51. Dune - Frank Herbert

52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley.

58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck.

61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt

63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold.

64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas.

65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac.

66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy.

67. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding

68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie.

69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville.

70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

71. Dracula - Bram Stoker

72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett.

73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

74. Ulysses - James Joyce.

75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath.

76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

77. Germinal - Emile Zola

78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

79. Possession - AS Byatt.

80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens.

81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker.

83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

84. Madame Bovary - Gustave

85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

86. Charlotte's Web - EB White

87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad.

91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

93. Watership Down - Richard Adams.

94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo.

(99 and 100 were not included in The English Geek’s blog….if I find out what they are, I’ll add them.)

Let me know if you play along on your own blog!

Now, here are 5 things about me, with regard to books and reading:

1.) I have a little notebook in which I write down the book titles and authors of every book I read.

2.) I know my library card number by heart.

3.) The first thing I do when I move to a new place is get a library card.

4.) My favorite thing to do on the second Saturday of every month is go to the Benicia Library book sale.

5.) I have way more books in my walk-in closet than I do clothes, shoes, and jewelry combined!


Anonymous said...

i guess i read a lot too cuz i've read almost half those books. too bad i don't have a blog to list them on. i blog vicariously through you!

Jessica said...

I played along on my blog too.

Amy Sorensen said...

Wow, you've read a TON on that list! I've got my library card memorized, too---it's just as important as the DL# or the credit card, righ!?!