Friday, April 23, 2010

A Life Well-Lived


Certainly a life en route to being well-read. Or at least above the average.

This meme is courtesy of Elena at All Booked Up. Try your hand and pass it along, if you feel like it.

The rules: Bold the ones you've read completely and italicize the ones you've read part of. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn't count. Abridged versions don't count either. According to the BBC, if you've read 7 of these, you are above the average.* My comments are in parenthesis.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien (probably 10 times)
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible (shouldn't this also say Various Authors?)
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (TBR)
11. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (shouldn't this also say Shakespeare?)
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (probably 10 times, also)
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18. Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger (a favorite)
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (rather dark and sad, which no one seems to talk about)
22. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (worth re-reading as an adult; loved it the second time around)
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (moved me to tears during an oral book report in high school)
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (delightful!)
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (Ick! What is this piece of trash doing on this list? Just my humble opinion. I only read it upon the insistence of a friend.)
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (hooray for "sensationalism"!)
46. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
47. Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel (highly recommended)
52. Dune - Frank Herbert (TBR)
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons (TBR)
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (why is there so much Austen on this list and no Hemingway?)
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (TBR)
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
60. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (TBR)
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (TBR)
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie (TBR)
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden -Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Inferno-Dante
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - A.S. Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (an annual Chrismas re-read)
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (a wonderful quilt-pattern of literary genres)
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (perhaps the most perfect book ever written--a sparkling gem of a book)
85. Madam Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down -Richard Adams (so much more than a rabbit story)
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare (Doesn't this duplicate #14? Perhaps the list-maker was getting tired at this point.)
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

*Unverified, but who cares? It's a meme, okay?

3 comments:

  1. Thanks. This was fun and I was suprised at how many I have read. Of course, all it did was add to my tbr pile.

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  2. Ain't that always the way??? :-)

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  3. Cool meme, I'll post my version one day when my brain is tired and be glad of it.

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