How about a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole?

February 18, 2007

Meme! [via Naked Without Books! and the Superfast Reader]

Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a 10 foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

(I’m going to add “indifference” as a category by not marking some at all).

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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
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)
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)
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
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 (Audrey Niffenegger) *
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) (I’ve read it, and don’t want to get near it ever again)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davies) *
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)



  1. Why no Poisonwood Bible?

  2. what a lovely idea

  3. I feel like I should love Barbara Kingsolver more than I do–I have enjoyed the books I have read by her, but for some weird reason I am kind of ambivalent about her. I did read the Poisonwood Bible (for a book club–otherwise I wouldn’t have read it I think), and it was actually really good. But some authors are just like that–they are probably very good, but I just don’t think to pick them up and read them…

  4. I’m basing my distance from The Poisonwood Bible on the fact that my mom was reading it and didn’t seem to think it was very good. Plus, it’s contemporary fiction, and for contemporary fiction to break onto my list I have to have read a lot of good things about it. Maybe I’ll change my mind in the future…

  5. I found interesting the ones you had never heard of. The Thorn Birds, The Clan of the Cave Bear and Rebecca, or instance, were books everyone of my generation read. I guess they didn’t have much staying power. It also always amazes me the “girl” books you have read. I guess the influence of so many sisters. You read “Sisterhood of Traveling Pants?”

  6. Actually, “Sisterhood” should have been a strikethrough, not a boldface. A clerical error. I have not, and have no plans to, read said book.

  7. I can understand crossing out Celetine Prophecy and Tuesdays with Morries, but why Grapes of Wrath? It’s a beautiful book.

  8. I have a very hard time with Steinbeck, both his style and his themes. I’ve read Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and The Red Pony with some distaste. I began The Grapes of Wrath and read about ten chapters before putting it down.

    I understand East of Eden is the Steinbeck for those who don’t like Steinbeck, so I’m willing to give it a chance. If “Eden” wins me over I’ll rethink my stance on “Grapes.”

  9. I read ‘Eden’ last summer. I cared for the characters but found the themes hammered and the end hurried. The Oprah Book Club sticker bugged me a bit, too, but that’s nothing but an upward angled nose. – DS

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