Book Meme

I was reading jmb’s post about why she blogs the other day and I followed a link in the comments to sarabeth’s blog where she had a post about a book meme of those books you have read, want to read, have got etc. Jmb followed this up yesterday with a post about books herself and suggested that I did sarabeth’s meme, so here it is:

  • Bold means I’ve read it.
  • Italics means I want to read it.
  • An X means I don’t want to read, nor will you get me near it.
  • A + means I have it on my shelf.
  • An * means I haven’t heard of it.
  • Regular text with nothing added means that I have heard of it, have
    not read it, and have not formed an opinion as to if I want to read it.
  1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
  2. X Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  4. X 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. X 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. X 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. + 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 Travelling 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. X 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)

I was quite surprised to see how few I had read, only 22 out of the 100; without JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien I’d have been in trouble. I think what surprised me more was that this was exceeded by those I hadn’t heard of before. I think it’s safe to say that my book interests are mainly scifi and fantasy with a small variety of others to broaden it a bit.

I’m not reading anything at the moment. I’ve got and want to read Shogun, so it looks like it had better be next.

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