Friday, March 06, 2009

Hobbies other than knitting

I'm trying to read more. When I was in law school, reading for pleasure was a foreign concept. If I could get through the hundreds of pages of caselaw each night, I was lucky. So the thought of using my downtime to read even more made my eyes hurt. But with Kindle in hand, I'm reading more this year.

With that in mind, I saw this meme and thought I'd participate. I've done this or similar lists before. But this is a list put together by the National Endowment for the Arts. If nothing else it gives me a reminder of books I've been meaning to read but haven't. I've bolded those that I have read. Commentary in parenthesis. I don't think this is the world's best list of great books. There's many that I think should definitely be on here that are not.

My total = 46 (almost 50%)

If you play along, let me know...

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The Big Read said that, on average, adults have only read six books on this list. So ... copy this list, remove my yeses and bolds, and add your comments (favourable or otherwise) about the ones you have read. Don't forget to include a total.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - Yes
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - YES
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling – I've read a couple, but not the whole series
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - YES (one of my all-time favorites)
6 The Bible – (you mean like the whole thing? Then, no)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - YES
8 1984 - George Orwell - YES
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman -
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - YES (But I hate Dickens; there, I said it.)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott - YES
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy –
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller – YES
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – I've read some of them, but definitely not ALL.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier -
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien -
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks -
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - YES
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger -
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot-
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell -
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - YES
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens-
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy -
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - YES
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh -
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - YES
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - YES
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame - YES
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - YES
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - YES (I must have teachers who loved Dickens)
33 The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - YES (Don't like C.S. Lewis either)
34 Emma - Jane Austen - YES
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen -
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - YES, Unfortunately
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 –
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell -YES
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - YES
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 - YES
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy - YES
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - YES (absolutely, an all-time favorite)
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding - YES
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 - YES
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth -
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon -
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - YES
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - YES
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 – YES
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov - YES
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt -
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold – YES (loved it)
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas -
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac - YES
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy -
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding - YES
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie -
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville - YES
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens - YES
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker -
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - YES
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson -
75 Ulysses - James Joyce -
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - YES
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 - YES (more Dickens!!!)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell -
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker -YES
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 - YES (Oh, how I love(d) this book)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom - (Seriously?)
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton –
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - YES
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupe – YES (I think I read this in French)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks -
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams - YES (Hated it)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole - Yes (But need to re-read)
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute -
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas - YES
98 Hamlet – Shakespeare – YES
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - YES (Love all of his books)
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo - (I read about half, and then got seriously bored)

1 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Debbie said...

I love these lists! And, because I'm old and don't have a life I've read a whopping 80 on this list!

My favorite on the list is Love in the Time of Cholera, but I have a secret fondness for Dune(!) and my childhood favorite, The Secret Garden. Also, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I don't care for Dickens much either, but somehow I've managed to read most if not all of his work.

(By the way, your list is missing number 28, Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck.)

I'll have my list up on my blog soon.

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