Friday, July 8, 2011

Reading Lists - Part 1

A couple of summers ago I was in a gift shop and picked up a Reading Journal. It's a book where you can track what you have read, rate the book and enter your thoughts about the book.
What I really liked about the journal is that in the back are a number of  book lists. For example: Pulitzer Prize winners, Oprah's Picks by year, National Book Award for Fiction, Time Magazine Top 100 Novels, and many more.
I read a LOT and consider myself an avid reader. While I tend to stray to the mass paperbacks, especially if vampires, wizards or other as sundry 'other world' characters are involved, I also felt I had done my share of reading the classics. So, I was quite surprised when I had my daughter start reading titles to me from the various lists and over and  over I said "Nope, haven't read that one."  What?  I took at least TWO lit classes in college and I read nearly every day  - how could I NOT have read more than two of the Pulitzer Prize winning books since 1948?
Time for a mission... I will read EVERY book on EVERY list.  Right....

First I went through the lists and marked the books I thought I had read. Some were hard - as I knew I had seen the movie, but wasn't quite sure I had read the book. Some books I own - but honestly don't remember reading. Should I count those? (College lit WAS over 25 years ago after all).
Some lists were so long and had so few books I had read that it was just plain depressing - but I finally found a list I connected to  - so that's where I'll start. Below is the BBC Top 100 Reads List.
The books in bold are the ones I've read.  The rest are, well, on my list...

1.) The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien (duh - only about 15 times)
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (I've read The Golden Compass)
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne  (I'm pretty sure on this one)
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell (Finished August 17, 2011)
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë  (Finished August 23, 2011)
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë (very strange indeed)
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens  (maybe???)
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (read at least 3 times - LOVE IT)
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll  (hmmmm - just not sure)
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson  (is this the one with the pirates??)
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen (Finished Sept 1, 2011)
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell  (think so - will start it again and see if it rings a bell)
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher (Finished Sept. 9, 2011)
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer (started Aug. 24, finished Aug. 26, 2011)
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky August 2011
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (read July18, - July 23, 2011)
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett (finished Sept 17, 2011)
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding (very strange)
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding (finished October 14, 2011)
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins (finished October 24, 2011)
78. Ulysses, James Joyce  (I think, maybe in college  - hoping so - don't really want to read this)
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar (Finished Fall 2012)
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer (Finished October 2011)
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot (Finished October 7, 2011)
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

So - That's it. Not too bad overall. I only have a FEW more to read.  As I read more I'll mark them with a date, or at least a year.  How about you? How many have you read?

1 comment:

Cory Aquarian Bath said...

I'm way behind, because I don't read Harry Potter I see! Katherine is really good. I love all Anya Seton books.