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Sunday, March 11, 2007


Original Instructions: In 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 ten-foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

Well, since I can't figure out how to cross out text in Blogger, I will indicate the books I won't touch with a ten-foot pole by coloring the text orange.

I've placed a question mark (?) in front of the ones I'm not sure whether I want to read or not.

Feel free to let me know if there is a book on this list I should reconsider reading.

1. + The Da Vinci 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) ~~~ started, but never finished
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) ~~~ this is obviously a UK list of books, it's called Sorcerer's Stone in the US
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. + Bible ~~~ have several on my shelf, have read parts but can't say I've read it completely
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) ~~~ I have this in English & in French
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) ~~~ have the first 7 books of the series on the shelf
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) ~~~ saw the movie though...
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. ? Ulysses (James Joyce)


5 stitch(es):

Janet MF said...

A Fine Balance is well worth a read; it is not an easy read (sort of tragic), but certainly an eye-opening one with regards to life in India. Also worth reading are books by Guy Gavriel Kay. These are sometimes slow to get into, but fascinating once there, especially the Sarantium series. Don't start by reading the Fionnavar series; I'm finding those harder to follow.

Anonymous said...

A Prayer for Owen Meanie by John Irving is probably the funniest book I have ever read , , , and I read a lot, and for more than 50 years. It isn't a book that I would normally pick up as I don't like a lot of his other books. But this one is a real gem. Give yourself a treat, and read this book if it is the only one you read all year. Heather K in Toronto

Marit Kostøl said...

77 and 78- both I've read in Norwegian, and both are great. Give it a try! I really like John Irwing, just began reading his "until I find you"
Best wishes, Marit in Norway

V. said...

If it makes you feel any better, I installed the patches and still had to manually change the time on the computer. If you leave it alone, it should fix itself sometime in April when the time normally used to change.

DH also talks about going to Mac - is it really true that Macs are less virus prone or virus free? Do they hard drives not die? Will read that link you shared but still have reservations like you do. I know I would have trouble between Mac at home and PC at work.

On printing patterns from a blog, I just highlight and copy the pattern text & photo into a word processor and printed that - omitting everything I didn't need.

Interesting list of books, what's that about?


Hi Marie!
I can recommend John Irving, and besides "Owen", which I loved and found myself unexpectedly sobbing at the ending ( which is something i usually do not do!)you will find The World According To Garp a good read also!Why not "Thornbirds"? Such a tragedy! Everyone dies!