Reading is Fundamental

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I’ve just joined Mary P and several other bloggers in a Book Binge. I am quite excited. I plow through a number of books each week, and here is a chance to see how many I plow through in a month! I’m excited.

To begin, I wanted to paste this Literary Meme, also from Mary P (she has a much nicer layout than I can muster at this point):

Mark next to the books:
READ for those you’ve read;
WANT TO next to those you are interested in;
AGAIN & AGAIN next to those you’ve read and loved, over and over;
REPEAT for those you’ve read more than once, without necessarily loving them;
MEH for stuff you read and weren’t impressed by;
STARTED for those that just never got finished;
and leave blank those you don’t care to read.

I took the liberty of adding a category: Never Heard Of. I may look into these, and try to read them this month if they sound interesting!

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) Read
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Read
3. To Kill a Mocking Bird (Harper Lee) Repeat
4. Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell) Read
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkein) Repeat
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings (Tolkein) Repeat
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkein) Repeat
8. Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabldon) Again & Again
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) Never Heard Of
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fine (J. K. Rowling) Again & Again
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) Read
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) Again & Again
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) Repeat
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golding) Read
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Again & Again
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie McDonald) Never Heard Of
18. The Stand (Stephen King) Again & Again
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Again & Again
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) Repeat
21. The Hobbit (Tolkein) Repeat
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger) Repeat
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) Read
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) Want to (waiting at the library for me as we speak!)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel) Read
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) Again & Again
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) Repeat
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) Again & Again
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) Meh
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) Read
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) Repeat
34. 1984 (George Orwell) Read
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) Again & Again
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) Never Heard Of
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay) Never Heard Of
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb) Repeat
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant) Repeat
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) Meh
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) Repeat
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) Want to
44. The Five People you Meet in Heaven (Albom)
45. The Bible Need to Read Again & Again!
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) Read
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas) Want to
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) Read
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) Meh
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb) Repeat
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) Read
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens) Read
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) Never Heard of
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) Repeat
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence) Never Heard Of
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) Again & Again
58. The Thorn Birds (Collen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) Again & Again
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) Never Heard Of
61. Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky) Want to
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) Repeat
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview with a Vampire (Anne Rice) Repeat
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis) Never Heard Of
66. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) Meh
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares) Read
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) Repeat
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) Started
70. The Little Prince (Antione de Saint-Exupery) Again & Again
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Helen Fielding) Repeat
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez) Started
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) Repeat
76. Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay) Again & Again
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) Read
78. The World According to Garp (Irving) Repeat
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence) Never Heard Of
80. Charlotte’s Web (E. B. White) Read — and want to again
81. Not Wanted on the Voyage (Timothy Findley) Never Heard Of
82. Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck) Read
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier) Repeat
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind) Read
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams) Again & Again
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) Repeat
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields) Read
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago) Never Heard Of
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffery Archer) Never Heard Of
91. In the Skin of a Lion (Ondaatje) Never Heard Of
92. Lord of the Flies (William Golding) Repeat
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck) Read
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) Meh
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) Read
96. The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton) Read
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch) Meh
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford) Never Heard Of
99.The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce) Started

This list seems a little arbitrary to me, a mix of classics and modern “classics”. I wonder how the books got on it. And let’s be honest, a number of these I read in high school, and will probably never read again. My loss. Maybe this list will have me revisiting some.

All Time Favorite on the List: The Little Prince
Close Second: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Close Third: The Stand

Total Read: 67

2 thoughts on “Reading is Fundamental

  1. It was a weird list. Why every single Harry Potter book, when other terrific authors are not represented at all? However, the mix of classics, fad books, and contemporary literature mean that there’s probably something for everyone.

    You’ve never heard of Robertson Davies, Margaret Laurence, Timothy Findlay, Anne-Marie MacDonald? Shocking! 🙂 Canadians, every one!

    I love Davies; Laurence I enjoy more the older I get; Findlay is all right, though I don’t enjoy him as much as Davies, and I confess to deliberately avoiding that MacDonald book because I know the subject matter would be too disturbing for me.

    Margaret Atwood, whom you’ve read, is a Canadian, but I find her hit and miss. Some things I love, some are a giant “meh”.

    Ender’s Game (#53) is a children’s book; I quite liked it – a lively read with a suprise twist at the end.

    And The Time Traveller’s Wife? Loved it! Even though it had a bittersweet ending… sigh…

  2. Mary P: I will look into those Canadian authors! I would certainly hate to be thought to be prejudiced against our northern neighbor. I’m going to do a bit of research into the books, and see what appeals.

    I am currently half-way through ‘The Lovely Bones”, so I will need something soon. What a heartbreaking book that is!

    Thanks for coming by!

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