Thursday, September 18, 2008

Good Reads

I'm in need of some new reading--something great and relatively easy to get into. I just finished a great book, especially if you love Macbeth like I do. It's called The Third Witch and it is the tale of Macbeth told from the third witch's point of view. It was fascinating--wish I would have known about it when I taught Macbeth because it makes for a wonderful companion to the play. Anyhow, on a friend of a friend of a friend's blog I found this reading list and I wanted to join in on the fun and I thought it would give you an idea of some books I've enjoyed. And then, if you feel like sharing, let me know some books you've enjoyed recently (and yes, I've read the Twilight series where I was highly disappointed with the ending, so no need to pass that along). Here's how it works:

The Rules:
1) Look at the list and put one * by those you have read.
2) Put a % by those you intend to read.
3) Put two ** by the books you LOVE (Note: I'm adding THREE *** stars to the ones I REALLY love).
4) Put # by the books you HATE.
5) Post.

***1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen%
*2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
***3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
***4Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
***5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee**
6 The Bible (parts of it)
**7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 1984 - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
*10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
***11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
**12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
**14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (read most of them--not all the histories, love most of them--not all the histories)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
*18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
*19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
**21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
*22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolsto
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
*28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia- CS Lewis
***34 Emma - Jane Austen
**35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
**36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
***37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
**39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
**42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
***44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
%46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
*49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
**51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
*53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
***54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
%57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
*59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
* 61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
*64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
%65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
***68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding (I read this at least once a it)
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
#70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
%73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
*76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
**80 Possession - AS Byatt (a great movie, too, with Aaron Eckhart and Gwyneth Paltrow)
*81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
*83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
**87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
*89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
*91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
**98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
*99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
**100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I only really hated Moby Dick. It was just plain boring and long and boring and long. Some of my favorites are obviously Jane Austen, who I adore as well as The Kite Runner and, of course, Bridget Jones' Diary (a funny, if not a tad scandalous, read). But my all time favorite is and forever will be To Kill a Mockingbird. If you haven't read this since 8th grade with Mrs. Donaldson, it's time to read it again. Oh, and fall is a wonderful time to read it.

Now, friends, though few of you there may be, share your favorite reads with me!


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tida6 said...

I will post mine tomorrow. I am reading all of Jane Austen's book and absolutely love them. Yes, To Kill a Mocking Bird," was awesome.
A good book I read in my Children's Lit. class was "View from a Cherry Tree." It was a good one I want to read again.

Josh said...

***Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
***Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy
###Pride and Prejudice by Jane Bleeping Austen. This is the absolute WORST book I have ever read, and yes, I have read it. Who really cares if your younger sister gets married before you? Or if Bingley is worth 5,000 pounds per year? Maybe if Lydia got a hold of a machine gun and took out the whole family, that would be worth reading (see Rainbow Six above). Right now Jessy is trying to describe the finer points of the book and I am ready to fall asleep as I am writing. YAWN! I mean it is worse than Leviticus, and yes, I have read that one also.

Your brother in GOOD literature,


Emily Christensen said...

I a little upset that you didn't have 3 stars by the bible JK. Will is so cute. Oh how we miss him, and you too of course. Keep working hard on the operation move to Spokane. (Notice how I changed it from West to Spokane. West is not good enough. I want you next door.)

Danalin said...

No list from me tonight...but thanks for the recommendations. I'm going to get on "The Kite Runner" next, I think. And I can't believe that your little man is already a stander! You are in big trouble, sista. But what a cute bunch of trouble he is. Oh how I wish that I could squish and kiss him.

Jason, Cookie, Olivia said...

Apparently I don't read enough. I did read Little women. Loved it. The Great Gatsby. Loved it. I've watched Ann of Green Gables a million times. Love it. The last book I read was The Princess Academy by someone who I have forgotten. Its cute. A quick read.

Emily said...

I'm happy so say I've read most of those :)I started reading Persuasion last week. Have you ever gotten into the website Goodreads? That way you can tell what you think about the books you read and get others opinions on the books they read.