It's all about Books..

I found this meme on my usual round of blog-reading, on Ali’s and Diane’s blogs. The original is from Big Read. Apparently they reckon most people will have only read 6 of the 100, so I simply couldn’t resist, being a huge books/reading person, I’ve got to do better than 6, right? Having said that, let’s see how well I do!

Instructions:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Underline those you intend to read. I’ve indented those choices…
3) Italicise the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

    5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
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
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller Just finished this one
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger

    19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

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
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
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
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 Mans
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown Ugh.
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
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

51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

    52. Dune – Frank Herbert

Ollie has this is his book collection and the series (both) were fab..
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 listening on audio at the moment would you believe!
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
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding

    69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

This is a future reading in our Reading Club, so I’ll get there.
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 This made me cry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White

    88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

(I’ve read Tuesdays with Morrie)
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

62/100 That’s actually a lot more than I thought! 🙂

There are so many books that I want to read, but it’s really finding the time and by the time you get around to reading them, there’s a whole new set of books that need to be added to the list… but I’m trying not to think too hard about it. 🙂

There has been knitting and spinning, but a lot of it is of the sneekret variety. I’ll blog about those soon, promise.

In the meantime, the tree is up as are the decorations and the lights are in the windows and we’re expecting more snow soon.

Hope you’re all enjoying the run up to Christmas.

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7 thoughts on “It's all about Books..

  1. “We’re expecting more snow…”

    Woot! Let’s hope it comes this week 🙂

    I’ve been meaning to read Catch 22 for ages (it was on another booklist like this that I picked up last year…) maybe I’ll borrow yours for five minutes and see what I think 🙂

  2. That’s exactly it–even devouring a book a day (which is no longer possible, although I used to do it all through summers when I was in junior high), the list just never gets any shorter. There are always new shiny things to add to it.

  3. Wow, great list. I am quite relieved that I am not a dolt and have read many of the books. I actually really loved The Time Traveler’s Wife. Starting tomorrow, it is a made dash to Christmas. I have parties every weekend from now on till Christmas.

  4. Gee… I thought I was well read. But by American standards, having read 30 is fairly well read here unfortunately. Interesting collection there. I’ve seen movies of about 10 other of books listed and being me, I don’t want to read a book after I’ve seen a movie so I will not read the words of The Count of Monte Cristo. I will know the story fairly well at least, though not the wonderful written inflections of the author ,nor seen the story through his eyes/words.

    Great Blog!
    Be well and knit on!
    Sarah.

  5. I only scored 43, I’m impressed by your 62!!! But we haven’t really read the same ones, funnily enough…
    Some of the ones we’ve both read and that I just ADORE: the novels by Austen, Thomas Hardy (my sister’s favorite book ever is Jude), and by my 2 all-time favorite writers, Tolstoy and Dickens (Bleak House could very well be my favorite novel ever…)

    I must admit I’ve never read the Bible…

    What about The Da Vinci code? Does the movie count? 🙂

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