Thursday, March 01, 2007

Have you Read Any of These Books?

Peer pressure has won out again. I have never tried one of these list memes before. Thanks goes to Bookfool, who followed Belladoza's example and decided that if you read it, you are automatically tagged.

Look at the list of books below:
* Bold the ones you’ve read
* Italicize the ones you want to read
* Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in. (I interpreted this in my own way--books that haven't yet said to me, "Read me! Read me!" It's possible that one day I will develop an interest in some of them. Others, maybe never.)
* If you are reading this (and haven't participated yet), tag, you’re it!
**If there are any books on this list that I didn't italicize and you think I should read, let me know in comments!

Like Bookfool, I've gone ahead and highlighted the books I have never heard of. Or if I have, I've forgotten (which is probably very likely). The amount of books highlighted is kind of embarrassing, but then, I suppose, with all the books out there is it really possible for me to have heard of or remember every book?

1. The DaVinci 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)
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)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)

17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
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)
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. The Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
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 Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
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 Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
79. 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)
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)

98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)


  1. This was fun...I just posted it on my blog too. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books, I love anything by L.M. Montgomery. And I absolutely love The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; I've read them all but the latest. Major page turners for me and they also make me cry too.

  2. Thanks for playing, LK!! You're a Wendy, right? I'm drawing a blank, right now.

    And, wowee, you are one well-read lady. You go, girl! I loved reading your list. :)

  3. You did good, Kitty! I'm very intrigued by the ones you left blank. You've never read the Bible?

    I did this one on my blog too, and I was surprised at how much fun it was.

  4. I did a draft of this meme that I haven't gotten around to publishing yet. I'm going to add the highlighting of those I haven't heard of--good idea. Many of those you haven't heard of are the same ones that I'm not familiar with. Tried to publish this yesterday and there were no verification letters. :/

  5. Dang Girl!! You've read a TON of books!! Gotta tell you though. Both Gone With the Wind and The Count of Monte Cristo are on my Top Ten books of all time. 2 of my very favorites....ever!

    I guess, since I'm tagged, I'll be posting my own list sometime today!!

  6. I am so glad that I am not the only person in the world who hasn't much interest in reading Gone With the Wind. Who knows, maybe someday...?

  7. Amy - I saw part of the Anne of Green Gables Miniseries long long ago and wondered why I had never picked up the book. I suppose someday I might. I'm not sure I'll get around to reading the Sisterhood books. I'm not a huge fan of YA fiction (with a few excpetions, Harry Potter being the main one), and so I tend to stay away from those. You never know though. :-) Someone will say just the right thing about a particular book and suddenly I must read it.

    Bookfool - Thanks for encouraging me to play! I am one of the Wendy's. Caribousmom goes by Wendy so I stick with Literary Feline more often than not. :-)

    Kookiejar - Thanks! I didn't expect it to be as much fun as it was, either. :-) I've read bits and pieces of the Bible over the years, but never the entire book.

    Jenclair - I was having that same problem yesterday when I tried to comment on someone's blog. It is interesting looking over other people's lists and seeing which books they've read and those they may not be familiar with. Some of the titles I looked up to see what they were about. :-)

    Stephanie - At least from those on the list. Haha You might be able to convince me to try Count of Monte Cristo, but I'm not sure about Gone With the Wind. I've heard it's a great book (and it's one of your favorites), but for some reason, it just hasn't called to me. Yet. You never know.

    Lisa Jean - Yeah, I've noticed that it's a favorite or on most people's must read lists. Someday maybe.

  8. Hi, I've read 22 of those books, 15 of which match the ones you've read! :-)

    I should vary some of my reading, maybe try more of the old classics but I have such a big pile of 'to read' books that I don't think I'll EVER have the time...

  9. Thanks for stopping by, Weenie! I know what you mean about having a huge TBR collection! I'm in the same boat!

  10. LF: You are well-read! I was happy to find that I was not the only person who didn't recognize several of the titles on the list.

    An awful lot of the books that are listed are still on my TBR list and then I keep joining challenges which puts them lower on the list. Someday...

  11. I really enjoyed The Stone Diaries. It was the Pultizer winner in 1995. It's different.

  12. Amy - I know exactly what you mean about the challenges pushing other books aside. I've tried really hard to keep my challenge book lists to my existing TBR collection so that I am not adding to it and not making progress at lowering my TBR count. My Wish List is growing my leaps and bounds.

    Chris - I can't say I remember ever hearing about the books, but then in 1995 my focus was very heavily into my schooling. I didn't have time for much beyond text books, research articles, and my own research.

  13. With the exception of Celestine Prophecy, all the books you haven't heard of are by Canadian authors, and from my reading of this meme on various blogs, it seems you're not alone! Not surprising though, Canadian fiction, with the exception of a few titles, hasn't really gotten a lot of attention this side of the border.

  14. Lesley - Hmm. Isn't that interesting? I have never really paid attention to an author's nationality before. This year will be the first as I decided the beginning of the year to see the pattern I already know exists. I'm sure my list of American authors outweighs any other group. One thing out of all of this is that my interest I find myself wanting to step outside that box a little more. How successful I'll be is anyone's guess.


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