Lit meme

This was a great meme I saw posted at Interstellar Adventures.
I’m a bit ashamed I haven’t read more of these.
I also feel that Raymond Carver, Ray Bradbury, Russell Banks and Tobias Wolff (for starters) should have been included.
That being said here’s my whimpy list.

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.

1.The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2.Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3.To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) (alright, slap me for this one)
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)
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) (Gone way too soon)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck) (I love Steinbeck, cryptic as he is)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32.The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) (AKA, the story of my mom and dad. mucho tears)
33.Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34.1984 (Orwell) (Slap me again)
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)(Lamb is totally underrated)
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)(Too sappy for me)
45. Bible (parts only)(The book of Job)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47.The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48.Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49.The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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’m pathetic.



8 thoughts on “Lit meme

  1. I am probably just as pathetic. Some of these i haven’t even heard of. There needs to be a code for “tried to read, but couldn’t finish.” But i think I’ll work on this today, maybe. i’m in mourning (death of a dear, close friend.) i need some distraction. I guess I’ll try work, first.

    I’m sorry for your loss, Lolly.
    I really like your “tried to read, but couldn’t finish” comment.
    I’ve had many books wind up in that category.


  2. I just read “Ender’s Game” recently. It’s a good book.

    It’s odd that neither Mark Twain or Ray Bradbury are on the list.

    I suddenly feel inspired to head over to the library. There’d be too many on the list I’d like to read, but for whatever reason haven’t gotten around to yet. I’m going to have to do something about that.


    Didn’t even think of Twain, but you’re right.
    I’ve read thousands of short stories and that’s really where my strength in reading lies.
    Hit the library, kiddo. Too much good stuff there.


  3. Why feel pathetic, you’ve read 15% of the list – which is actually pretty good. And as you note, the list is shamefully incomplete. Definitely read Atlas Shrugged. It’s an amazing tome.

    Atlas Shrugged.
    My job for next week.


  4. m –
    yeah, i had so much fun. several other bloggers have tried it as well. don’t feel bad, there are a lot of good books which are not included here. i wish i knew how the list was compiled, if they had some sort of criteria or if it was just subjective. i wish they included more speculative fiction too.
    anyway, it’s just a bit of fun. and if good ole guilt can make us hit the libraries, then why not?

    – arwen

    I’m with you on the library.
    Sadly, many folks just never go.
    I’m good for 1-2 visits a week. Yeah, I’m hardcore. 😉
    Thanks for stopping by.


  5. Hi, I’m just clicking the “Random blog” button and breezing through, but I could not resist a comment. Whenever cocktail-party-type conversation uncovers my current occupation (literature grad student), every stranger in the world asks me “Oh, have you read ____?” Usually, the answer is no. And I read 2-3 books a week because that’s my job.
    I think it’s a good thing that lists like these don’t work–there are a lot of amazing books out there in the world, and to arrange a list of “good” ones enforces a totally arbitrary canon of what “should” be read. Why should undergrads read Shakespeare? Because the language is complex, but mostly because the lines and plots of those plays are embedded in our culture like scripture. Why should undergrads read Steinbeck? I don’t know… I don’t think they should have to unless they want to.

    2-3 books a week? I’m jealous!
    This list was a bit oddly compiled. It missed many authors I thought should have been here.
    My oldest daughter has read almost 40% of the list.
    I read mostly short stories so I felt silly about the meme but did it anyway.
    I thank you for stopping by.
    Best of luck with the grad work.


  6. Hey Michael,
    thanks for sharing the list, I had to of course review it myself.
    I have a feeling that it’s a list with most successfull (copies sold maybe? or $$$$? ) books with the names on there.
    has another list which is quite interesting……
    and I found one for short stories, however not sure how valuable the source is……

    I promise to check out the links when I have a chance.
    Much to write tonight.


  7. Awww. You’re not pathetic. You just haven’t read what’s on someone else’s random list. 🙂

    I guess I was just surprised I hadn’t read more of these.
    As I said, I would have done great with a short story meme.


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