Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Brought To You By Procrastination

Yeah, yeah, so I've never updated you on how I did with my Triple 8 Challenge, and where the heck are my New Year's Resolutions anyway? And yet, somehow I've found time to bring you this list?

I'll get there, I promise. But this list of 100 was too good to pass up.

Thanks 3 Ring Binder and Kim's Play Place!

Here's how you play 100 Books:

  • Bold those you have read.
  • Italicize those you intend to read.
(Alas, watching the movie doesn’t count.)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen* (brilliant)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien*
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (don't ever need to read it again)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling* (awesome)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee* (lives inside me)
6 The Bible (read it cover to cover in college, plus lots of exposure early in life)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (don't ever need to read it again)
8 1984 - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (on my Triple 8 list from last year, didn't quite get there)
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (read a few years ago for the first time, very good)
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (on my Triple 8 list from last year, didn't quite get there)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I've read enough on my own and as English major, good stuff)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (on my Triple 8 list from last year, didn't quite get there)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (in 8th grade, thought it was "meh" but think I'd like it now)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (just awful)
19 The Time Traveller's Wife
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot (does getting about 1/3 of the way through 3 times add up to having read it? I'm going for it.)
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell* (lives inside me, excellent)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (most tightly written story ever. love the writing, hate the story, if that makes sense)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams* (lives inside me, funny, very hoopy)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh (heard this is good)
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (so long ago I barely remember it)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (LOVED these as a kid, excellent)
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis* (um, see #33)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne* (excellent)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery* (lives inside me)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (only Dickens novel ever read, not bad)
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (should probably re-read, but think it will depress me given the state of things in our culture lately)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (awful, don't ever need to read anything by Steinbeck ever again)
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding (too freaking funny, even though I wish Bridget was a bit more . . . something. heroic? still, funny enough to re-read, and Pride & Prejudice retelling makes it interesting from a literary perspective)
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville (excellent)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (on my Triple 8 list from last year, didn't quite get there)
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (excellent)
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce (not enough $ in the world could induce me to read this)
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (very good)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

*Books with *stars* indicate that these are extremely wonderful amazing books and if you haven't yet read them then I weep for your soul and think you ought to correct this oversight as soon as you can. :o)


Victoria said...

This is that British best of list (maybe from The Guardian?) that came out a few years ago, isn't it? I always thought that was the most schizophrenic list ever. Any list that somehow encompasses Shakespeare, Roald Dahl, and Mitch Albom just leaves me shaking my head. (Not that I didn't totally wear out my copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kid, but it's hard for me to think of three books that go together less. Well, maybe throw in Valley of the Dolls and the Necronomicon and then you've got the five.)

LB said...

Re: your question on 20 - yes. Yes it does count.

Such Lovely Freckles said...

Wow... you're good. This is way too much work for me. :) Lazy bum, that I am.

Jonathan M said...

Given the other "stars" on your list, read Les Miserables immediately. If you know the musical (which I do like), try to forget about it and experience the story again for the first time. Yes, I know it's long -- but you can feel free to skip through the detailed historical sections. No guarantees, but I bet it will "live inside you" too