Monday, March 12, 2007


I found this on Lickmysticks blog and couldn't resist. (I could've finished those snakey socks and knitted half my stash up if I stopped p*****g about on the net!)

In 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 ten-foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

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: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
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)
12. +Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) (or then again, maybe not)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) Or will I? since I've seen the film. But films are never as good, are they?
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald) I've read 'The Way the Crow Flies' - brill!
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
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)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) Don't know, having seen the film...
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)
32. *The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. *Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
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 (though think I'd skip the begats!)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) (well - nearly finished it. I threw it aside when she threw herself under a train).
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) (Would I read it?, wouldn't I?)
48. +Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
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)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) (I think I started this once!)
62. *The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy) (but probably won't get round to reading)
64. Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)
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) (Don't know if I'd get round to reading this really)
70. +The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. +Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. *Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez) (not quite true - have heard of it vaguely)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) (started and didn't finish)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) (I'm not sure if I didn't read this as a kid)
76. *The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. *A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)7
9. *The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. *Not Wanted On the Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. *Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) Though never finished it.
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)
93. *The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. *The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch) tried and failed to read this.
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. *The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. +Ulysses (James Joyce) Having seen my DH struggle with this (and he has the patience of Job) - I KNOW I wouldn't be able to crack it.

So where did this list of books come from? I shall have to investigate further! *
I've read 45% and I haven't heard of 23% which is quite a few books for me to look up. I knew Mount Toobie was teeteringly tall before this but is it possible to go higher? Always.
Also quite a number of classics and good reads missing, methinks.

All you folk that have books on your bookshelf that you've read and would probably never read again - haven't you heard of bookcrossing?

* Followed the link back half a dozen blogs (like six degrees of separation!) and it appears to have started with Shana who just says "she borrowed it from someone cool". So there the trail goes cold.

If you have a go at this leave a comment so I can see the result, ta.


Riggwelter said...

ooooooh this looks interesting, i'll have a go once the kids are in school!

Seahorse said...

Interesting list. Of the ones you've asterisked, may I recommend Ken Follett's 'Pillars of the Earth'? It's not great literature but it's one of those great rollicking, get involved in a huge saga books and not at all in his usual thriller/espionage style. I see you have read the Thronbirds (though no clues as to whether you liked it!) and it reminds me of that a bit - the setting is totally different but you get swept along by the events and characters in the same way. Great for when you don't want to have to work too hard at a book.

Must go and lie in a darkened room and think about Ralph de Bricassart for amoment or two... :D

Rain said...

There are a few on there that I've never heard of either. I really need to update my 'must read' list. I've been a bit cheeky recently and started listening to audio books while I've been knitting. I haven't decided if it's cheating yet.

Guinifer said...

What a great list! I will be stealing that this morning and using it to stock my shelves for the summer!

Helen said...

I've read 30 of them, but they are all the kids books not the 'literature' so I'm a bit embarrassed!!

gilraen said...

I found mine on a Rockin Sock Club Blog. But there was no crossed out bit. Most of the books are school days texts :)