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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

From Right Wing Nation:

Look at the list of books below.
Bold the ones you’ve read.
Italicize the ones you want to read.
Strike out the ones that you aren’t interested in (or have never heard of).
If you are reading this, tag, you’re it!

* The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
* Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
* To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
* Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
* The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
* The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
* The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
* Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
* Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) - haven't read, will look into
* A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) - ditto
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) - haven't read any Potter books (I know, shocking) but probably will eventually
* Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) - see above
* A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) people keep telling me this is good
* Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) - don't know, have seen mixed reviews
* Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling) - see above
* Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald) ?
* The Stand (Stephen King)
* Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling) - see above
* Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
* The Hobbit (Tolkien)
* The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
* Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
* The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
* Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
* The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) - might like; enjoyed the movie
* Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) - bleah
* The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
* East of Eden (John Steinbeck) - does the Reader's Digest Condensed Version count?
* Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
* Dune (Frank Herbert)
* The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
* Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
* 1984 (Orwell)
* The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
* The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
* The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
* I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
* The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
* The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
* The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
* The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
* Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
* The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom) - I have this but haven't read it
* Bible
* Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) (reading it now)
* The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) - one of F's faves
* Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
* The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) - I saw a play based on the life of Woody Guthrie once and have done all the OK dust bowl I need to do
* She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
* The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
* A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
* Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
* Great Expectations (Dickens)
* The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
* The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) - see above
* The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
* The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
* The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger) - lent to me by my SIL
* Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) yuck
* The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
* War and Peace (Tolsoy)
* Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
* Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
* One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
* The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
* Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
* Les Miserables (Hugo)
* The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
* Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
* Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
* Shogun (James Clavell)
* The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
* The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
* The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
* A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
* The World According To Garp (John Irving) (wish I hadn't)
* The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
* Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
* Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
* Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
* Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
* Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
* Emma (Jane Austen)
* Watership Down (Richard Adams)
* Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
* The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
* Blindness (Jose Saramago)
* Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
* In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
* Lord of the Flies (Golding) (ugh)
* The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
* The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
* The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) - I don't like Ludlum and don't know why I read his stuff - Forsyth is much better
* The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) - F tells me it is very good.
* White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
* A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
* The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
* Ulysses (James Joyce) Not my bag. I just know it.
* The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
* Absolom! Absolom! (William Faulkner)
* Light in August (William Faulkner)
* The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
* The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
* Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
* Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
* The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne) - tried but couldn't do it.
* House of the Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
* Moby Dick (Herman Melville) - R has read this but I haven't.
* Animal Farm (George Orwell)

What would I add to the list? How about some Edith Wharton: Custom of the Country maybe. Henry James' Portrait of a Lady. George Eliot's Middlemarch.

And dang, where's the science fiction? Jules Verne? H.G. Wells? Heinlein? Asimov? Bradbury? Dune and Ender's Game to represent the whole genre? I don't think so. At the VERY LEAST I'd add The Martian Chronicles. Can't think how it didn't make the list. And all those different Harry Potters but only one Stephen King????


CreoleInDC said...

I've probably read about 80% of this list. LOL! Me lub books!

Tsiporah said...

Wow that's a great list...I've probably read about half of those books, I love to read, but between work, kid and classes I don't seem to have the free time I used to.

rightwingprof said...

You didn't like Lord of the Flies? If you like sci-fi, you should read Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun. Simply brilliant. Dune, certainly, though nothing else Herbert wrote (to call the sequels disappointing would be a kindness). Ulysses is quite good once you figure out that the plot isn't linear -- though Finnegan's Wake is impossible without a PhD in Irish history. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a wonderful read, and a better introduction to Joyce.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

You know, Herbert wrote some other stuff. It had a common theme, of people having some transcendent awareness due to the use of (and addiction to) psychotropic drugs. Also, there's a lot of "that which does not kill makes you stronger". Have you read The Dosadi Experiment, or any others in that group?