Sunday, August 9, 2009

Want to Reads

I came across this interesting post on Mike's blog, Random Thoughts In My Life.

"The BBC apparently says most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here."

Instructions:
1) Bold what you have read.
2) Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE.
3) Italicize those you plan on reading.
4) Put in a note with your total in the subject.
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1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien +
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling +
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman +
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
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
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
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
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield- Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein
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
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
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
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
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
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
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
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
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 - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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Count: 16 read, another 9 or so that I plan to read (someday . . . >.>).

Two of the ones I bolded, the Bible and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, I've only read part of (I mean, really, how many people have read the entire Bible from cover to cover?). There are a couple I'm not sure I've read or that I should've read by now, but somehow haven't. And some of the ones on that list I've never actually heard before.

So, how many have you read? :P

10 comments:

Jeremy said...

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling +
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman +
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White

Those are the ones I have read. So I guess 13. I want to read The Lord of the Rings, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Chronicles of Narnia.

naturgesetz said...

I've read
6 The Bible (not all, perhaps, but most)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (not all, but a fair amount)
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield- Charles Dickens
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (not sure)
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens +
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams +
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare

By my count, that's 20 or 21.

Others I would consider worthwhile are
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres (?)
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint Exupery
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
That's another 8 or 9. But I can't say I'm actually planning to read any of them.

S said...

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling +
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

I count 3, how very sad.

J said...

I count 13. It would be a lot higher if I counted the novels I started but never finished.(Now if you asked about history and biography....)
On another matter, I understand you have started medical school. As in all great endeavors, it will accede to the extent of your effort. Goodspeed.

Jason Carwin said...

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling +
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman +
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

20 read, and I want to read so many more of those on that list.

torchy! said...

11 for me. i won't list them coz i'm in bed and on iphone, but i think there's only 1 'highbrow' one in my list: oliver twist.

i've not read a single book since i started blogging 7.5 months ago :S

hmm. there was something else i was going to say... oh, i know:

*** GOOD LUCK FOR MED SCHOOL ***

yes, that was it :D

i really hope it goes well for you and that you love every minute of it!

very best wishes
torchy!

Pilgrim said...

About 20 of the list, another 10 only as a movie. This is my first post ever to you, but I don´t regret it. I will start my doctorates this september, so we have s/thing in common. Propz Pilgrim...and good luck to you. If you don´t mind, I´ll foollow you from now on and would be gld, if you´d do the same to me.

Steevo said...

so HTF was 1st day FFS?

[smack <3!!!]

LeDuc said...

What a weird list. I've read 32, have started a few more but given up (eg, like many others, Ulysses!), and dipped into others (eg, The Bible, along with a fair few Shakespeare plays but nowhere near the complete works). There's nothing on there I'm currently planning to read.

But if this is supposed to be a Canon, some of their choices are a bit strange (I mean, The Da Vinci Code? I can see it's popular, but it's hardly Great Fiction), and some of their omissions are odder still (no Chaucer? What about Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, the first modern novel and hugely influential?). I can see how ancient classical texts are no longer fashionable, but surely there ought to be something fundamental -- maybe the easy-to-read Oedipus Rex? -- on the list.

Canons can be fun to make-up: I'd add four non-fiction works -- Thomas Paine's Rights of Man, Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, Darwin's Origin of Species, and maybe something by Freud, though it's trickier to pick just one of his works. Interpretation of Dreams is the obvious one, but maybe his Introductory Lectures would provide a better sense of the ideas behind psychoanalysis.

Thanks for the stimulation!

Mike said...

I have enjoyed looking at what everyone read. WOW. Cool. I am surprised you read so few. I know you said in your comment on my blog it was not stuff you'd normally read, but it is kind of interesting. I do have to admit most of these were required readings in school for me.

Cool.