Thursday, September 25, 2008

Response to Jalee's Book List

A good friend of Jalee's posted this list. You are supposed to bold the ones you have read and put the ones you want to read in italics. You do NOT need to copy my commentary.......

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (not the greatest fan of her style but I love the story...I like dialogue rather than third person narration throughout)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (great series but with boring parts...sorry Tolkien!)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (one of my faves!)
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (not bad...want to try "Heathcliff" at some point)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (not that impressed really)
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (another great book)
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (started once and never finished...would like to though)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I've read most of it but not all...)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (interesting book.....)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (I liked LOTR better but this is still a great book)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (hated it really)
19 The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (tried...couldn't get into)
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (frankly my dear...the book was much better than the film but Scarlet is so flawed she drives me nuts)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (love this book--another fave)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (does anyone NOT love this book?)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (depressing but I love him anyway)
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (my favorite quote is from this book)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (read eons ago)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (read most of it actually....never finished...but I recall liking what I had read)
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (read times without number)
34 Emma - Jane Austen (again, Austen's style leaves something to be desired but the book itself is great)
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen (see above)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (amazing series of books)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (depressing but brilliant)
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (loved the book, not the movie)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (Pooh!)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (very interesting little book)
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (total crap--film and book)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving (I'm on the reservation list for it right now)
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery (great series!)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (did not like)
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (graphic but great)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel (still debating on this one)
52 Dune - Frank Herbert (couldn't get into)
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 (extremely sad sad sad)
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (strange, but good)
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding (undecided on this one)
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (okay)
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 (big Alice Walker fan)
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 ("some pig")
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom (I cried buckets)
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 (another one re-read a billion times)
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 (not a fan of Charlie...sorry everyone)
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Turns out I have read a lot of the list and own quite a few of these as well.....I would have added a few more to the list personally, but then I have read a lot of books in my lifetime.

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