Thursday, July 24, 2008

Books . . .

This has been around on a lot of blogs so as my mind is preoccupied with preparation and packing, ready for RWA San Francisco next week, I'm going to grab it and post it here as I can't think of very much else.

Check out Anne McAllister, Kate Hardy, Liz Fielding, Michelle Styles and others for other interesting results.

The Big Read, an initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts, has estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. How do you do?

The idea is:
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (I spent one Christmas bedridden after an operation on my leg – this was the perfect book to see me through that month)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (yes – and written my MA thesis on it – I can see that I’m going to have to talk to Anne McAllister about this)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (see Jane Eyre)
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 (This is the book that brought the Magnet and I together – he said Hardy was the greatest novelist ever – I outraged him by disagreeing. We’ve been disagreeing about books ever since!)
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 Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (‘Tis on my TBR pile – just need to write a book – or two –first)
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 (There was a l-o-n-g l-on-g train journey from my home to Aberystwyth University where I studied – this was one of the books I read on that journey )
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 (I always feel you can guess at people’s characters from the creature they loved best in WITW – I was Mole!)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (read them as a reader, as a Children’s Librarian to library clubs, and as a mother reading them to the Offspring)
34 Emma - Jane Austen (Emma – now there, Anne McA is a heroine I always wanted to slap and slap hard!)
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres (I tried – so help me I tried – but there are far more useful ways to spend my days – like watching paint dry)
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (But the best way to absorb these books is to Listen to Bernard Cribbins reading them – brilliant!)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (another train journey book)
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM 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
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
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
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
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt (Note to Kate Hardy – we are going to have to disagree on this – to me it was brilliant, absorbing, fascinating)
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (On The Offspring’s recommendation)
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac (York, 1969 – finished it just before the moon landing which makes it July 20th)
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding (Another heroine who really really needed a slap - I'm yawning just at the memory of this)
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
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 Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB 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
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
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


Michelle Styles said...

I think the list is interesting. And I am always intrigued to see what ohers have read. And yes,I can see you liking Mole.
Have a great time in SF.

Donna Alward said...

I clearly need to read more.

I wouldn't go so far as to agree with the BM about the GREATEST novelist, but I really enjoyed Hardy a lot! I'm torn between Far From The Madding Crowd and The Mayor of Casterbridge as my favourite.

I will miss you while you're in SF! I hope you have a brilliant time!

Lois said...

Well, I'm cheating and just copied my list from Liz Fielding's blog where I first did it. LOLOL :)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee*
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte*
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger*
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell*
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding*
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck*
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
Well, I did better than I thought. LOL :) The * are the ones I was forced to read in school, and therefore have no fond memories of. LOL I also haven't read every single Shakespeare play, but I put the Complete Words to symbolize the many I have. And my love here is P&P! :)


Anonymous said...

Loved, loved The Count of Monte Cristo. Would really love to see a better movie made of it than the Caviezel(sp) one. It left out the best parts!

One Hundred Years of Solitude will make you feel like it's taking that long to read it! Ugh!

I would like to recommend The Wide Sargasso Sea-this is the story of Rochester's(Jane Eyre)first wife. You know, the crazy first wife up in the attic. Fascinating!


Anne McAllister said...

You can try to talk me into Wuthering Heights, Kate. We'll see. Totally agree about Emma needing a good slap. I was tempted to include her in my Madame Bovary and Scarlett O'Hara group, but I thought I might sound a little too violent if I wanted to do away with all three of them. Bridget was slappable at times. But I did enjoy it. Didn't enjoy the other three. Hated MB.

Julie Day said...

What a mixture of a list. Liked the fact that there were children's books there too. I have to admit out of the 100 I've probably read only a 10th of them, and a few of them were school reading.


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