Friday, March 9, 2007

My first meme!

I found this meme at Shalee's" Diner: Books, Books, and More Books
Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a 10 foot pole, underline the ones on your book shelf, asterisk the ones you’ve never heard of and color the ones you loved.
Did I confuse you?

Let me recap:
bold - did read
italicize - want to read
strike - won't read or read but hated it with a passion and if I could burn every copy so that others wouldn't be exposed to such terrible dribble I would do it and people should not be allowed to get paid for such awful writing
underline - own
* - never heard of the book
colored - loved it and would recommend it to others
If there is nothing done to the title, then that means I'm indifferent to it or I haven't decided about it yet.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. *Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. *A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
12. *Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire(Rowling)
20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Rowling)
22. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
23. The Stand (Stephen King)
24. Ulysses (James Joyce)
25. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
26. The Hobbit
(Tolkien)
27. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
28. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
29. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
30. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
31. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
32. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
33. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
34. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
35. Tuesdays with Morrie
(Mitch Albom)
36. *Dune (Frank Herbert)
37. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
38. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
39. 1984 (Orwell)
40. *The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
41. *The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
42. *The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
43. *
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (Gregory Maguire)
44. *The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
45. *The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
46. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
47. *The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
48. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
49. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
50. Bible
51. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
52. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
53. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
54. *The Blue Sword (Robin Mckinley)
55. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
56. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
57. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
58. *Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
59. Great Expectations (Dickens)
60. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
61. *The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
62. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
63. *The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
64. *The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
65. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
66. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
67. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
68. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
69. The Hiding Place (Corrie Tin Boon)
70. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
71. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
72. Les Miserables (Hugo)
73. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
74. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
75. *Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
76. Shogun (James Clavell)
77. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
78. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
79. Redeeming Love (Francine Rivers)
80. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
81. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
82. *The Giver (Lois Lowry)
83. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
84 . *Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
85. Of Mice And Men (John Steinbeck)
86. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
87. *Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
88. Emma (Jane Austen)
89. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
90. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
91. *The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
92. *Blindness (Jose Saramago)
93. *Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
94. The Talisman (Stephen King)
95. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
96. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
97. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
98. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
99. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
100. Lightning (Dean Koontz)


Note: Thought this would be interesting to see how I compare with others. I am a fairly well-read person, though I don't remember if I have read some of these books. Most of these I have either never heard of or have no interest in. Also, in doing this, I found that I own some books that I have never read. Maybe I should start with those for my spring book reading.

Some of the books I wish had been on this list:
1. A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
2. A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
3. The House of God (Samuel Shem)
4. The Bridges of Madison County (Robert James Waller)
5. and 6. A Time to Kill and A Painted House (John Grisham)
7. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
8. All Over but the Shoutin' (Rick Bragg)
9. Other books by Nicholas Sparks (like Three Weeks with my Brother)
10. Other books by John Irving like (A Widow for One Year)

2 comments:

Shalee said...

Oh, I'm so glad you decided to do it too. I see you even kept my legend in there!

I have to tell you that you're missing out on some fabulous reading by not pursuing the Harry Potter series. I've read them all and really, in all honesty, there is no difference from any other fantasy book or series - like LOTR or Star Wars. It's all about good vs evil and Rowling leaves you wanting good to prevail.

P&P is one of my favorites and so is Time Traveler's Wife. The Giver is such a thinker and The Talisman is a wonderful fantasy which needs to be followed by its sequel Black House.

I too liked the your Grisham selection and Frankenstein, but I had no desire to read Bridges of MC. It just couldn't tempt me.

And you are one great reader to brave Atlas Shrugged!

Dutch said...

Hello,
“Spirit of the Place” is definitely a great read.
It’s considered Mr. Shem’s most ambitious work.
Anyone interested should visit http://www.samuelshem.com for more information.