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Monday, April 09, 2007

books read, or not

Book meme from Jay, who didn't tag me, but I tend to borrow any meme I think is fun anyway.
Bold print means I've read it, italics mean I'd like to, and like the two memesters before me in the line I've added some titles of my own. I think this is some kind of 'best books ever' list. I've added books I found profoundly interesting, but didn't stop too long to think - they were the first ten that came to mind. Don't think of them necessarily as recommendations. Palahniuk in particular is not for the faint-hearted, though he'll make you think for weeks afterward.

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 Sorcerer'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) (Jay, it's nothing like the movie Pi. That movie was one of the most fascinating things I've ever watched, but it nearly did my head in. And it was so random me even seeing it either - was bussing from Sydney to Adelaide, stopped in Melbourne and was trying to kill about five hours before getting on the next bus. Wandered into an independent theatre a little sleepy from the 11 hour bus ride and suddenly that movie was melting my brain. Can't quite imagine it in book form.)
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)
Read this last month actually.
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) Movie was corny sweet.
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) Interesting ideas, but that whole 'never allows anyone to edit her work' thing really didn't work in her favour.
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) Deceptively simple. My favourite of all his books.
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) Sounds depressing.
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) Even though it also sounds depressing.
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) Rand is tedious.
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice) The only Anne Rice book I've read, though I do love vampire stories.
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) Saw the stage musical, which was wonderful.
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) I wanted to like it a lot more than I did.
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez) Heard this title so many times and seen it featured so many times in movies as someone's favourite book, I really must find out what all the fuss is about.
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) No interest whatsoever in reading this. Hated the movie, especially the ending which I found annoying in the extreme (it WASN'T a good enough explanation for what he did and he should never have been with her in the first place).
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) Also highly recommend the movie version with Gary Sinise and John Malcovich - brilliant and very true to the book.
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMavrier)
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)
Read this last month, too.
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
Rumble Fish was good, too.
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
Atrocious fiction masquerading as insight.
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

101. Lullaby (Chuck Palahniuk) Explores the way that we borrow from ancient cultures without any real understanding or respect for the place of the things we borrow in their original culture. Interesting take on sound pollution, too. :)
102. The Beach (Alex Garland) The movie was okay, but the book is beautiful to read, especially as a writer - clean, efficient writing, very nice.
103. Wild Swans (Jung Chang)
104. American Gods (Neil Gailman) Gaiman is always good fun and has a vivid imagination.
105. The Golden Compass (aka The Northern Lights) (Phillip Pullman) The whole 'His Dark Materials' series is very interesting. I am so excited that they are finally making movies of these books. Can't wait to see it all on the screen (Iorek Byrnison!), even if it does basically paint God as a 'history is written by the victor' type victor of the war in heaven.
106. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Fannie Flagg)
107. Lord Foul's Bane (Stephen Donaldson)
The first of (currently seven, eventually nine) books. I actually don't like Donaldson any more, don't read his books, and even find the writing in this series a little pretentious, but it is still some of the best world building I have ever encountered. His are the best Giants ever written, the Haruchai/Bloodguard fascinate me, the Ranyhyn, forestals, Waynhim, etc, etc.
108. Tomorrow When the War Began (John Marsden) First of a seven part series. All good.
109. The Owl Service (Alan Garner) Read this when I was young and loved it.
110. Farenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

For Jay's list and added items: http://feverdog.blogspot.com/2007/04/book-meme.html
And Treespotter's: http://treespotter.blogspot.com/2007/03/on-nats-book-list.html

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