Behold, my first meme. A bit outdated, but I thought it was appropriate that it’s about books. I also would love any book recommendations you may have, especially non fiction. I cannot think of anything to add to my Christmas list (seriously what is wrong with me! The only thing on the list as of now is candlesticks. CANDLESTICKS! Who under the age of 70 asks for wax products for Christmas?)
Instructions: Look at the list of books below.
- Bold the ones you’ve read.
- Italicize the ones you’re planning to read.
- Cross out the ones you won’t read / aren’t interested in.
- Star the ones on your book shelves.
- Place parentheses around the ones you’ve never even heard of.
- Do nothing to the ones that you may or may not read.
*1984 – George Orwell
*The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho- My sister read a passage from this at our wedding.
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt– Read it when I was 14 and was traumatized by it. So sad.
Angels and Demons – Dan Brown : Don’t judge! It’s entertaining although terribly written.
*Animal Farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell
Anna Karenina – Tolstoy-
Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery– One of my favorite books from Childhood. Loved when they drank the blackberry wine.
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
*Atonement – Ian McEwan- Cannot express my love for this book- not to mention the hotness of the library scene.
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
The Bible (I always tried to read it as a kid but fell asleep.)
(Blindness – Jose Saramago)
The Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
*Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding Read it in college at my cubicle while everyone else was at a conference. May have peed in pants a wee bit from laughing so hard.
*The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
The Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel (Never read it but I do know that my brother taped over my favorite movie at the time, Adventures in Babysitting, with this lame movie. I think I still hold a grudge)
*A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
(Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell)
Confessions of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
(Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson)
*The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon My husband loves teaching this book to his students. Still crack up that Brits call it “maths”
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
(The Diviners – Margaret Laurence)
Dune – Frank Herbert
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
Emma – Jane Austen- My favorite Austen is Mansfield Park
(Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card)
The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje– loved the book, HATED the movie
(Fall on Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald)
(Fifth Business – Robertson Davies)
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
(A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry)
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom Cannot tolerate his dribble. Don’t even get me started on Tuesdays with Morrie.
The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell – Could never understand how she had a 17 in waist.
The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
(Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman)
*The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
*The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald–
*The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood– Top three favorite books. This book helped me begin to identify myself as a feminist. I saw her speak a few years ago at the humanities festival and I love her even more now.
*Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling
*Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
*Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
*Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
*Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
*Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
(His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
*The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb So sad. Ugh- makes me get a lump in my throat just thinking of it.
Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
(In The Skin Of A Lion – Ondaatje)
*Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
(Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer)
*The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
*Life of Pi – Yann Martel
*The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
*The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
*Little Women – Louisa May Alcott My grandmother gave me the edition she read as a girl- one of my most prized possessions.
*Lord of the Flies – William Golding
* The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring – JRR Tolkien
*The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
*The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
*Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
*Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides– This was the first book my husband and I read together. We started a bookclub as friends and this was our first selection.
The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley
(Neuromancer – William Gibson )
The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
(Not Wanted On the Voyage – Timothy Findley)
Of Mice And Men – John Steinbeck
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
*One Hundred Years Of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Classic. Confusing as hell at times but so enjoyable.
Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton
(The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett)
*The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver– Recently read this and was v. impressed. Beautifully written and powerful.
(The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay)
(A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving)
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
*Rebecca – Daphne DuMaurier- My favorite Hitchcock movie.
*The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
*The Secret History – Donna Tartt- Lawyerish recommended this and I really enjoyed it.
*The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
*The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zaffron- Oh the love I have for this book. If you love reading and have been to Barcelona, I highly recommend it.
She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb– A coworker recommended this because it’s her favorite. I thought it was a bit trite and soap opera-ish.
(Shogun – James Clavell)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares – When I went to Honduras, publishing companies donated a bunch of books for the kiddos. This was among them- I read it on the beach in Hondo. Not bad!
*Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
The Stand – Stephen King
(The Stone Angel – Margaret Laurence)
(The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields)
(The Summer Tree – Guy Gavriel Kay)
*A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough–
*The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – Top three book. I cry just thinking about it. A must read.
*To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom – I cannot stand this man!
*Ulysses – James Joyce
War and Peace – Tolstoy
*Watership Down – Richard Adams
White Oleander – Janet Fitch
Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Goodkind
(A Woman of Substance – Barbara Taylor Bradford)
The World According To Garp – John Irving
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte