Monday, March 12, 2007

A Good Read

I'm a nut about books.

Well, Ms. Cornelius over at Shrewdness of Apes (check the blogroll) has a meme going regarding books. Notice that I'm really not into the "classics". My high school required reading pretty much scarred me from reading and getting enjoyment from any books they wanted me to read. I remember wanting to read Winds of War by Herman Wouk in the 7th grade, but my teacher told me that I should get out of war books and branch out. In 9th grade, my teacher allowed me to do a book report on The Guns of August, and I was totally stoked! But alas, most of the rest of high school was classics that bored the hell out of me.

*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.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) -It was a nice romp through fictional history, but nothing monumentally spectacular.
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) -The only high school book I really liked. Come on, who doesn't like Atticus?
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)- Excellent ending to a wonderful series!
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)- My favorite of the trilogy, probably because I think that Tolkien creates masterful characters.
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) -Slower than the others, but loved the Frodo/Gollum banter.
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)- I liked it going darker, and I think that Rowling does a nice job writing teenagers.
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) - A little slower starting than I would have liked, but the ending is great. So are the supporting cast wizards.
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling) -Didn't think it would draw me in, but the innocent simplicity of good/evil at the beginning was great.
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King) -one of my favorites! Randell Flagg is so damn freaky, and the whole scene of the U.S. going under to a plague just frightens and intrigues you the perfect amount. Not a horror story, by the way.
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)- Another great addition!
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) -I enjoyed parts of it (the Bilbo/Gollum riddles are classic), but some parts dragged on.
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) - Don't Panic!! I've read this series over a half-dozen times. The scene at Milliways (which might be in the next book) is great! Pass the Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters!
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) -Ugh. I've tried and tried to get into this series, with no real interest. People are in love with it, and I can't see why.
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) -
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)- Mary Stewart's series about King Arthur (excellent BTW) got me into this work, an excellent look at the whole Boy King from the eyes of women.
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. Bible -History major. Not everything, but at least 80%. Old testament is far more interesting.
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) -Ugh, Ugh, and Ugh. Had to do a comparision reading in college with the movie. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)- Still, an excellent series.
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)- Read most of it when I was in early high school one summer. Interesting, and kinda sick when I think back.
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice) - Read it when I was in my mid-20's. Not bad, but nothing great.
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) -
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) -Who in the hell hasn't read Charlotte's Web? This, and Wrinkle in Time, should be required reading in primary schools!
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck) -Yes, we all know what happens to Lenny. Back in high school, I didn't care.
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind) -Picked this book up about 3 years ago from a student recommendation. Excellent read. First three books are wonderful, and go south from there.
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) -Another high school book in which I just didn't really care about.
93. The Good Earth(Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) -The book is vaguely similar to the movie, but very dated. Remember, we are talking Cold War here. Still good though.
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)
101. Jurassic Park -First rate scientific thriller. Excellent!
102. Learn Me Good

Only 24 books, which is why I don't put much faith in lists.
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