Monday, April 9, 2007

Remembering Books Fondly

Ok, I'll try this game. Boy, are there a lot left off, but I have senior moments. May not remember to add them. Since my boldface also malfunctions,I will use check marks. Thanks, AD, for a freebie.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) (this got to be such a cause celebre, I went counter-culture on it.)
2. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austin) X
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) X
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) X
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien) X
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) X
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkx ien) X
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) X
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) X
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) ?
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) X
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) ?
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) X
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) X
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) X
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Rowling) X
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) X
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) X
The Silmarillion
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) X
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) X
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) X
25 . Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) X
The Restaurant at the End of The Universe
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) X
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) X
The Chronicles of Narnia X
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck) X
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) X
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) X
34. 1984 (Orwell) X
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) X
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) X
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant) X
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) X
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) X
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) X
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible 1/2 X
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) X
48. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt) X
Tis
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) X
50. She's Come Undone (Wally Lamb) X
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) X
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens) X
53. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) X
54. Great Expectations (Dickens) X
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence) X
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough) X
59. The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood) X
60. The Time Traveller's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) 1/2 X
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) X
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy) X
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) X
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) X
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) X
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) X
71. Bridget Jones' Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell) X
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) X
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay) X
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) X
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving) X
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence) X
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White) X
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck) X
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier) X
84. Wizard's First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen) X
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams) X
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) X
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields) X
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) X
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck) X
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) X
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) X
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
Rumble Fish
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford) X
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield) X
100. Ulysses (James Joyce) X

Okay. so I read a lot. A lot of these I read before I was 21. Where's "Man's Search for Meaning"? Where's Shakespeare--forget his human insight. Do you know the man once wrote a SEVEN-LEVEL pun? Dr. Seuss, for God's sake. But "shopoholic" is included? pure dreck. Actually, I would include a couple of John MacDonald, and several Robert Parker's (such as "The Widening Gyre" ) I think Sara Paretsky is very literary.
"Women of the Club" " was written by a septogenerian who captured two whole previous generations of women with bullseye accuracy. My Grandfather's Eyeglasses" is written by Dr. what's her name, and I have her earlier book, "Kitchen Table Talks" ready to start. Poetry. Edna St. Vincent Benet. The guy--Oh, I can't think. He lives in Atlanta and I love his poetry. He wrote the novel that was made into the movie with "Dualing Banjos" in it. Sorry. senior moment. "Deliverance?" Didn't read the book. Love his poetry. I even like Emily Dickinson. Anything by Anne Siddons. My favorite is "Hill Towns." Asimov's "I, Robot". Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" and especially the elegant "Dandelion Wine".
Nuff said. The rest of you live quite a little. It appears I --just read.

4 comments:

Matt G said...

Gracious. You do read, and enough that you can actually cast stones at the dreck.

You actually made it through Ulysses? How many tries did it take?

--Sonny boy

night lightning woman said...

Honey, remember we didn't have much television then. Got through it in one try. Great Expectations wouldn't have made it if it hadn't been required for 9th grade. BOR-ing.

Merry Jelinek said...

Great list you've got there - I'm glad I stumbled on this one, I've included an entry of my own at Mom and More

I agree, there definitely should be some Shakespeare represented. And, while I loved Count of Monte Cristo, I also enjoyed The Three Musketeers a great deal. But for the most part it makes a fairly nice cross section of reading, some heavy tomes mixed with light snack books.

nightrider said...

What about The Diary of Anne Frank? And gosh, as much as I read I could think of many more, but the list is great.