In the list of books below:
- Mark in blue the ones you’ve read;
- Mark in green the ones that are your favorites;
- Mark in red the ones you won’t touch with a ten-foot pole;
(You're also supposed to "+" the ones you have on your bookshelf, but between J and I, we have an assload of these books, so I didn't do that one.)
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)
I’d never read the series, but J liked the movies. Apropos of which: One night, he settled in to watch one of them when I was going out to dinner with some friends. (This was many moons ago, pre-Toopweets, when I actually left my house at night.) I went out with my friends, did some grocery shopping, bumped into another friend there, got some coffee with her, went home, and the movie was still on. I then ran to the drugstore, came home, and it was still on. After which, I completed a thesis, got my Ph.D., evolved into a higher being of pure energy with telekinetic powers, came home and the movie? It was STILL ON.
8. Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery) Oh, how I used to love this book, and the corresponding PBS miniseries. I would quite literally dream about it. I longed for her high-button boots, and long red hair…
9. *Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) 10. *A Fine Balance(Rohinton Mistry) 11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) Yeah, I have many of the same issues with Harry Potter that I do with LOTR. I actually tried reading the first one, and was (BLASPHEMY!)…not impressed. I shall now duck to avoid the virtual rotten fruit and vegetables that you are mentally tossing my way. (Man, I’m getting brave lately, taking on Oprah and Harry Potter in the span of a week.)
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) This was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. 25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel) I think I’m the only person in the galaxy who hated this and couldn’t get through it. Speaking of galaxies...
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) I, um, MAY have cried. (Upon finishing the book, as well as the movie.) I’m not proud. Their love was so pure! It knew not the bounds of tiiiiime! *sob*
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) I really really want to read this one. 41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) 42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) Haunting. 43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) 44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom) 45. Bible (I mean, bits and pieces. Not the whole thing.) 46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) 47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) 48. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt) 49. The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck) 50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb) 51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) 52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens) Now and forever: SUCK IT, 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)
Jeebus! Enough with the Potter. Fine, list, you’ve forced me to tell another story. Early in my pregnancy with Toops, we went to see this movie. It was, I believe, payback for dragging J to see Memoirs of a Geisha with our friends A and T. (A is J’s best friend, and T is his wife, a very good friend of mine.) T and I were enthralled, loving every minute of the movie, while our husbands attempted to gouge out their eyes with movie theater straws. It was a nice moment. Anyway, that was how I ended up at this shitfest. I vaguely attempted to watch it, but after about 5 minutes of muggles, or quiddicks, or whatever the hell, I gave up. I folded J’s coat and my own into a neat little pillow, and quite literally passed out across two chairs for the duration of the movie.
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
My love for this book is such that despite it having in excess of 700 pages, and my copy being hardcover, I still carried it with me in my work bag every day to read during my commute. 59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) 60. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) Looove this book; probably my favorite book ever. 61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) - 62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) 63. War and Peace (Tolstoy) 64. Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice) Hey, remember when we all thought Tom Cruise was cute? Just saying. 65. *Fifth Business (Robertson Davis) 66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
I adore him, every word he wrote, and the whole “magical realism” genre that he essentially invented.
67. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants(Ann Brashares) ) Didn’t read this, but saw the movie. And cried. Surprise! 68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) 69. Les Miserables (Hugo) Does seeing the play 4 times count? 70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) 71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding) 72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez) Adore this. 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 (EB 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) Sucks to your asthma, Piggy! 93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck) The foot binding! My god, the FOOT BINDING! 94. The Secret Life of Bees(Sue Monk Kidd) 95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) 96. The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton) "Do it for Johnnyyyyyyy!" (Okay, that's from the movie, but still. Awesome.) 97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford) 99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield) 100. Ulysses (James Joyce)—Started this like a zillion times. It’s never going to happen.
Thanks, Cagey; and just when I was feeling like I haven’t been reading enough lately!
So many of you are big readers, and so I wouldn’t know where to begin with “tagging” people to do this. If you do decide to do it, please let me know in the comments; I’d love to see your versions!
From the "Please Tell Me I'm Not Alone" files: More than any other show on TV, America’s Next Top Model is crack to me. I simply cannot get enough. Unfortunately, my favorite so far in this “cycle” (WHY do they call it that?) is the source of much dissension between me and my friend K. I adore the awesomely bitchy Renee, for she is GORGEOUS. And CRAZY. I'm well aware that I could be the only one who loves her so; K asserts that she is a horrible person, a point upon which I wholeheartedly agree. In fact, I can’t stress her psychotic bitchery enough; however, it sort of makes me love her even more, and makes for awesome television. K thinks I’m crazy for loving her, but I can’t help it; I’m obsessed. Come on! Not only does she say horrible things, but she also gave another girl the finger! The finger! To her face! Awesome! And classy!
(Is anyone else watching it this season? I must discuss this most pressing of issues.)
(Also, my god, there were nonstop formatting/font issues with this post, so it was published like 87 times. My apologies.)