Friday, March 23, 2007

Book Meme

Since I got tagged by Mark, here it goes.
Here are the rules:

Bold the ones you’ve read
italicize the ones you want to read
cross out the ones you won’t touch with a 10 foot pole
underline the ones on your book shelf
and asterisk* the ones you’ve never heard of
bold & strike through the ones you've read but would NEVER recommend anyone read.

Here's what I got.

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)
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. 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

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 Traveling 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. 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'm still not sure what the results mean...
The books I read are mostly on theology, scripture and apologetics. I read the classics as well as these are our collective cultural conciousness and form our common memory. But I also try to read other stuff and am a great fan of the fantasy genre. My favourite series is A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. Although perhaps lacking in the 'world development scope' when compared to the great Tolkien, his plot and character development may perhaps draw close. Unfortunately, the series is not yet complete and I'm waiting with more than a hint of impatience.

I tag Joee, Shellie and Mark.


Mark Tan said...

I expected that u would have read more... hehe.. judging by the stacks of books that u have, and the bed which ur books sleep upon.. anyway.. still waiting for the grotto post...

Unknown said...

Oh wife and I are big fans of GRR Martin's work. We are always recommending him to other fantasy readers or folks who like Tolkien. I do tell people the books are basically rated-R and have the same kind of gritty content a movie of the same rating would.

Did you know the HBO is going to be producing a series based on the books? This is definitely the way to go with producing them, as opposed to a movie, IMHO.

Londiniensis said...

Interesting list and interesting choices. I would heartily recommend Huxley's Brave New World, which is the "other" great dystopian novel with 1984 and Zamyatin's We, and considered a modern classic. DuMaurier's Rebecca is a "top of the second division" sort of thing - don't necessarily read the book, but do see the film (1940, with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, directed by Hitchcock). The Little Prince is the sort of childrens' story beloved by adults - it is certainly part of the European collective cultural conciousness, but look at it in a bookshop before you commit to it: I love it, but it may not be to your taste. I notice that Ender's Game is on your "to do" list - great book, enjoy. And you've actually read Ulysses - I'm impressed!

Andrew said...

Chad, thanks for the info. I'll be looking forward to it. I agree that a series is the way to go. Unless they have like a decalogy planned =)

I wonder when A Dance with Dragons is coming out? I keep on checking the site. When it finally comes out, I have to re-read the entire thing to get my bearings again.

Londoniencis, thanks for the recommendations. I'm looking forward to getting down to reading them. Ulysses...haha. I actually thought it was the Greek myth re-told in prose when I got it =) Loads of beastly long words that had me going to the dictionary a lot when I read it years ago. Interesting.

I have to confess that the real reason I got many of the classics was that, as a poor student, the classics were cheap and very long, long enough to keep me entertained for a few days. Take Tolstoy's War and Peace for example. Cheap and long.