Book Meme

I found this meme over at Helen’s, and unashamedly swiped it. [Bollocks to tagging. It's too like playing Best Friends at school - Ed]. I apologise for the Editor. No coffee yesterday. No coffee yet today. Me, I tag anyone who’d quite like a go, really.

Here are the instructions:

Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a 10 foot pole, put a cross infront of the ones on your book shelf (it had originally been underline, but it’s bad practice to underline something unless it’s a link, and my husband is paid to know these things [And anyway, you can't work out how to underline things on WordPress, can you?]), and asterisk* the ones you’ve never heard of.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) Yes, I realise this is contradictory [God forgive you]
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) [There's such a thing as knowing your enemy oh, far too well]
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) [Again, Reed, WTF?]
31. +Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook* (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) [Life's too short to waste it being indoctrinated].
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. +Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) [Still wedged one third through War and Peace, aren't we?]
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) [Reed has taken to not reading it until everyone else stops trying to force her to read it]
61. +Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. +War and Peace (Tolstoy) [One third bold because she's read one third of it]
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 Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares) [And there's two hours of her life Reed'll never get back].
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) [The film upset Reed so much she can't bear to. Wimp]
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) [It's buried half-way up Mount Toberead]
89. Blindness* (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer) [And don't get her started on the iniquity of 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) [The trick now, of course, would be to read it in the order Joyce wrote it, rather than picking through it for essay purposes, oh student, like a cat with a chicken carcass].

So, I’ve read 55.3 of them, I wish to read a further 14, I own 25, I’d sooner poke myself in both eyes with toothbrushes dipped in Lysol than read 10 of them (and on current showing, will have to escort myself firmly to the bathroom when I’ve finished this) and have never heard of 6 of them.

I wish I knew whose list of popular books this was, because, dang, but the demographic is mixed. Alas, other examples I have googled of similar lists are never quite the same list. Bloody internet. Keeps irradiating the memes. Richard Dawkins would be so proud.

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3 Responses to Book Meme

  1. Helen says:

    Gah, I’ve got tonsilitis and was brewing it last night when I was writing this and I’ve just realised I forgot to say anything about tagging – which would have been: “Anyone have a go! The more the merrier!” I’ll change it later, meanwhile I’m glad lots of people are joining in!

    Eeh, you’ve read loads of them. I never counted up mine because I couldn’t get past 14 (brain not working). I also realised I actually do own the Bible, so will have to change that too. How could I forget something like that?!

    I’d love to know where the list comes from too. Had more to say but my brain is disintegrating, better go.

  2. azahar says:

    I wouldn’t worry about the English Patient – the book is quite different (and far better) than the film.

    Oh, and I’ve swiped this for my blog. Thanks! :)

  3. Charlotte says:

    I wish had never read Kane and Abel as a sad teenager so that when I do this meme I could firmly strike it out. I so disapprove of Jeffrey Archer.