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Thursday, August 13, 2009

'cause Karen asked, and she's the boss of me

Instructions: Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.

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1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen- x (Meh.)
2 The Lord of the Rings- x
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte- x (Meh.)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling- x
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee- x (Required reading. Hated it.)
6 The Bible-x
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte-
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell- x
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman- (What are you people, mental?)
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens- x (Overrated Expectations)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott- x (Didn't hate it, but seriously disliked it.)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy- (Hated the film.)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller-x (Meh.)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare- (It's the COMPLETE part that wrecks it for me)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier- (The movie was pretty good.)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien-
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk-
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger- x (Required reading. Meh.)
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger-
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot-
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell- (I don't have fallopian tubes)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald- x (Not awful)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens-
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy-
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams- X (VERY highly encouraged!)
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky-
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck- x (HATED it.)
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll- X (VERRRRRRY highly encouraged.)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame-x (my fave bedtime story stuff w. my boys)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy-
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens- x (Required reading. Hated it.)
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis-x
34 Emma - Jane Austen-x (Meh.)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis- x
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini-
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres-
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden-
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne-x
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell- x
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown- (The great Stephen Fry, himself no fan of Christianity, called this book "loose stool water...arse gravy of the worst sort.")
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez- x (In Spanish. Meh.)
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - 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- x (Required reading. Hated it.)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan- Didn't he play Obi Wan Kenobi?
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel-
52 Dune - Frank Herbert-
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons- (Movie was good, though.)
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen- x (Required reading. Meh.)
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth-
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon-
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens- x (Meh.)
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley- x (Required reading. Meh.)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon-
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez-
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck- x (Required reading. Hated it.)
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov- (Required reading. Hated it.)
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt -
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold- x (Was suggested by friends. Hated it with a passion.)
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas- x (Great boyhood stuff.)
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac- x (Required reading. Hated it.)
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy- (Not obscure enough)
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding-
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie-
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville- x (Required reading. Hated it.)
71 Oliver Twist- Charles Dickens- x (Required reading. Okay.)
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker- x (Meh.)
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett-
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson-
75 Ulysses - James Joyce- x (Required reading. REALLLY hated it.)
76 The Inferno – Dante -x (Meh. But I liked the Gustav Dore' illustrations.)
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- x (Not too bad.)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell- (No, not the comedian from Peep Show or Mitchell & Webb)
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- x (Meh.)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven- Mitch Albom-
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- x (VERY highly encouraged.)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton-
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad- x (Required reading. Hated it.)
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery- (Who knew that Exupery was a saint?)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks-
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams-
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole- x (The most overrated book. Ever.)
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute-
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas- x (More great boyhood stuff.)
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare- x (Even sat through Branagh's 87 hour film version.)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- x (I like Roald Dahl.)
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo-x (Required reading. Hated it.)

total= 43, I think. Pretty good for a Finance major, but let the record show most of those I was compelled to read. Most of those, of course, I hated.

BOOKS I HAVE READ THAT SHOULD BE ON THE LIST: Any list that includes To Kill A Mockingboid and Gone With The Wind but no P.G. Wodehouse (and no Mark Twain and no W.S. Gilbert and no John Welter) can only have been compiled by a lady. I am mindful of Wm. F. Buckley's comment when asked to contribute to an article on the "100 Greatest Books" to which he replied: "P.G. Wodehouse wrote 92 books, so the question really is 'What are those other 8 books?'"

Night of the Avenging Blowfish - John Welter
Leave it to Psmith - P.G. Wodehouse
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain
Westward, HA! - S.J. Perelman
The Code of the Woosters - P.G. Wodehouse
The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe
Don Quijote - Miguel de Cervantes (What's with the "X"?)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

So there.