Friday, February 23, 2007

100 Books...Let's Give it a Whirl

So throughout all of the blogs I have been frequenting, this little diddy keeps popping up and I figured I would add in my 2 cents. It just seems that everyone's opinions are so different on the books they "wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole)...not the nicest of terms, but hey, to each his own. The books that I personally qualify as not being worthy of being touched with a 10 foot pole mean that I either already read the book at hated it (i.e., The Great Gatsby) or I know the basic plot lines and just have no desire to go there. Again, to each his own! Alright, here it goes...

Bold the ones you've read, italicize the ones you want to read, make the ones you wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole red, put a + in front of the ones on your bookshelf, and put an * by the ones you've never heard of.

1. + The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. + Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
3. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
4. +To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
5. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
6. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (J.R.R. Tolkien)
8. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien)
9. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkien)
10. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
11. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
12. *A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
13. + Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling)
14. + Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)
15. + Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)
16. + Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling)
17. + Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling)
18. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
19. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
20. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
21. The Stand (Stephen King)
22. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
23. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
24. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
25. +The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
26. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
28. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
29. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
30. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
31. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
32. *Dune (Frank Herbert)
33. + The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
34. 1984 (James 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. Ulysses (James Joyce)
41. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
42. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
43. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
44. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
45.+ The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
46. + Bible
47. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
48. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
49. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
50. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
51. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
52. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
53. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
54. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
55. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
56. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
57. * The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
63. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
64. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
65. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
66. * Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
67. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
68. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
69. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
70. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
71. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
72. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Helen Fielding)
73. Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
74. Shogun (James Clavell)
75. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
76. + The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
77. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
78. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
79. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
80. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
81. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
82. * Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
83. Of Mice And Men (John Steinbeck)
84. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
85. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
86. Emma (Jane Austen)
87. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
88. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
89. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
90. * Blindness (Jose Saramago)
91. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
92. *In The Skin Of A Lion (Michael Ondaatje)
93. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
94. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
95. +The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
96. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
97. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
98. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
99. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
100. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)


Faith said...

This was fun. I like thinking about my favorite books, and this list had some old favorites on it.

Jackie said...

See, now I LOVE Outlander by Diana Gabaldone. I've read it like 3 times, and I don't generally re-read. It's complete escapism. Not to mention that Jamie is one of the hottest men in literature. Like, ever.

I'm with you on B.J. Diary, though.

Little Willow said...

The Great Gatsby is AMAZING. You are missing out on some dynamite descriptions and quotes.

Amanda said...

See, I read The Great Gatsby in high school. Then I tried again as an undergrad, then again last summer. I just can't bring myself to like it even a little! Maybe I'm just missing something!