I Didn’t Meme It…or Did I?


I snagged this meme from Interstellar Lass because it looked like fun and I’ve never done one.

Look at the list of books below.
*Bold the ones you’ve read
*Italicize the ones you want to read
*Leave the ones that you aren’t interested in alone.

If you are reading this, tag your it!

1.The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) (sorry but YAWN)
2.Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3.To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) (truly one of the best books ever written)
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)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10.A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11.Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
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) (forced to read this in high school and never would have finished it if I didn’t have to. Hated every word of it.)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
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)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) (One of my personal top ten)
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)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible (parts only)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) (beautifully written and yet almost too sad to read)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) (another book I was forced to read which I hated)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) (What about Tender is the Night?)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) (Worth the read if only for the speech given by Roarke at the end in court)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
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) (to me, the ultimate book about writers – the way the mind works for them and their lot in life – although too over the top which is Irving’s style)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. 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) (stupid book about rabbits – why did I even read it? I think I kept waiting for it to get good)
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)
93. The Good Earth(Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100.Ulysses (James Joyce)

I must say though I would add quite a few to this list:

1. A Movable Feast (Ernest Hemingway)
2. The Shining (Stephen King)
3. Lightning (Dean Koonz)
4. The Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
5. Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein)
6. Up Country (Nelson DeMille)
7. Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
8. Farenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
9. The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
10. The Dead Zone (Stephen King)
11. Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
12. Letters From Earth (Mark Twain)
13. Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
14. Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury)

And probably many more….what about you?

14 thoughts on “I Didn’t Meme It…or Did I?

  1. An impressive list as far as what you’ve read.
    For some reason, I never had the urge to read any of the Hairy Potter stuff either.
    I’m doing this meme as well after I post the long awaited “Maniac II”…
    Gotta get rid of the mob outside my window. 😉


    Yeah that Harry Potter stuff – I never saw the attraction myself. Taste is subjective though.


  2. couldn’t bold, italisize or anything, so i just copied & pasted the ones i actually read, or at least thought i read in high school…half of the books listed i saw the movie, or never heard of them……….

    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)
    11.Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
    13.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
    16.Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
    19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
    21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
    22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
    45. Bible (parts only)
    52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
    55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
    57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
    58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
    64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
    80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
    82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck) (I think?)
    96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)

    So, am I to summise from this that you like Harry Potter? It’s okay, I love you anyway. It is kind of a bummer though that they make movies of great books which usually causes people not to read the books. Which really is bad because often the books and the movies only truly have the title in common. The Shining is an excellent example of that. An amazing novel and the movie – sucked – at least for me – it had so little to do with the book it was unrecognizable. I think that is when i actually started to hate Stanley Kubrick as opposed to just despising him.


  3. I’m going to do this later but I just wanted to let you know that ‘She’s come Undone’ by Wally Lamb is one of my favorite if not my favorite books of all time. You must go immediately to the bookstore or library and get it. I’ve read it three times.

    Wow, okay. I like a passionate endorsement. I will try to pick it up soon. Although I have about 30 books on my bedside table I’ve still yet to get through. I am basically a book addict. There is never enough time to do all the reading I want to do. Dang!


  4. Sigh, can’t remember any of the books I read in high school except Catcher In The Rye because I hated it too. Lightning (Dean Koonz)
    and Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein) are two of my fovorites from the list. Most of everything else I read didn’t make it to this list. Where are the Harlequin Romance Novels? (OK just kidding 😉 )

    Exactly! Where is the fine literature on this list? ahahahahahahahahaha 😆


  5. What do Mark David Chapman and WC have in common they both read “Catcher In The Rye”
    From a John Lennon Fan 😉

    Oh cripes Ger, who the hell is Mark David Chapman? Some serial killer or something? I never was much of a Lennon fan. Besides hundreds of thousands of high school students were forced to read it – along other hideous books that somebody dared to call classics. Sometimes it seems that if something manages to get old – that makes it a classic. That must be why Algore is popular now – otherwise I just can’t figure it.


  6. I seriously think Cat’s Cradle should be on that list.

    I seriously think many other books should have been on that list too. I don’t know about Cat’s Cradle. What is it about, who wrote it?


  7. Mark David Chapman was the guy who shot John W. Lennon when he was entering the Dakota Dec 8, 1980 and he claimed that something in the book “Catcher In The Rye” told his voices in his head to kill John Lennon

    I had a feeling that was what you meant. Criminals say all kinds of things about why they commit their crimes – anything to avoid personal responsibility. I wouldn’t blame Catcher in the Rye for Lenon’s death, but I would blame it being bored to tears on Catcher in the Rye. 😉


  8. WC-put all other books down, move them away from your bedside table, and get this book. I think it might be just what the writer ordered, if you know what I mean.

    You’re too funny.


  9. PSS- I just read Catcher in the Rye at the urging of my sister. When I finished it (and I, too, struggled through it), I thought really? Did I just read this whole book because to me there was no conclusion, no inciting incident, or anything. I had heard the rumors of the guy who had that book with him when he killed Lennon (I thought it was Oswald) but that was purely second hand information. Anyway, long story short- this book was a waste of my time. I understand why it was so avant guard in the 40’s, but now it’s nothing more than three/four miserable days inside the mind of a seventeen year old; I don’t think any of us want to go there. Chow missy. Now, go get that book.

    Well I read it in the 70’s and it didn’t seem avant garde to me then – neither did Portnoy’s Complaint. I guess coming of age stories about boys just don’t do it for me – even if you throw in dirty words and potty humor.

    Ciao! I’ll see if the local library has it. Although, I’m under strict orders to buy, read or borrow no books until after my birthday (March 17th) so I may have to wait a few days.


  10. Our reading lists look quite similar! Knew there was a reason I liked you. 😉 I found a site where you can ‘register’ all the books you’ve read, and I’ve added some, but not all. It’s on my list of things to complete…at some point…before I die. 🙂 Shelfari.com

    Wow, that sounds interesting. Must you rely on your memory or do they have lists to go through that you can check off. I’ve read so many books that I’m not sure I can remember all of them. Cool idea though. Thanks!


  11. Funny, there are only two books that I’ve ever just quit reading and later went back and tried to read again … Catcher in the Rye, and Ulysses. Well, there’s a third that I just gave up on and never went back to, Irving’s Son of the Circus — strange, because usually I love reading quirky Irving. One of my two favorites made the list, Catch-22, but the other didn’t, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I had a little fun around y2k with (somebody’s) 100 Greatest American Novels, from my youth and with a little effort I think I’ve read around 80 of them, but I still have my list and I’m still working through it. It’d be fun to compare this to that, but I’m too lazy … took all my energy just to write this …. and a day late at that … Crisco

    Well maybe someday we’ll all do a co-post and compare notes on our reading lists and then work out some way of keeping everyone on track. That could be fun. I am encouraged to discover there are so many Catcher in the Rye haters out there. Yay! 😉


  12. I changed the list slightly and put it on my site now (I added some of your book ideas, WC, and reduced the Harry Potter books to “Harry Potter — any title” … seemed silly to have each and every title listed seperately). Anyway, I was amazed out how many of the titles I’ve actually read on that list. Honestly, I do other things besides just read all the time! LOL!

    ~Ms Crankypants

    Hey CP! Cool and thanks for adding some of my suggestions, I’ll have to go take a peek real soon. It is amazing though when you look back and see how many you have read. Really if you took all the time you can waste here and there it’s not all the hard to get a book read. I can read a book a week easily just by watching less television at night. Even if you just want/need to veg a book is better at that than the boob tube.


  13. I have just finished reading Lord of the Flies and must say it is one of the best books I have read, along with Fahrenheit 451. Both novels speak of the true society in which we live in. For someone to put that on paper amazes me. I have great respect for both writers. I do have a question I was hoping someone could help me with. I am not asking you to do my assignment, as that is just sad, but I am asking for some logical and analytical thinking. What do you feel is the central inciting incident? I do know what this means, but I am having a hard time answering. I need some insight. Thanks

    Yes, are both amazing commentaries on society and government. What is your assignment for? School?


  14. never mind! i figured it out. thanks anyway.

    Oh good, sometimes asking the question out loud enables you to answer it for yourself.


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