Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Book Riot 50



Friends!  I am back but also not back.  The project from hell turned into the projects from hell and they're both almost over.  I imagine that by the end of the month, things will go back to normal around here, just in time for the craziness of the holidays.

In the meantime, here's the Book Riot 50.  Books I've read are in bold.  Books I own but haven't read are in italics.  And for fun, I've added an asterisk where I the book was required reading for me in High School.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
  • The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte*
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger*
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Stand by Stephen King (3x!)
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (2x!)
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Brothers Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck 
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas*
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury* (3x!)
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo*
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
23 out of 50 isn't bad!  There are a few in here that I'll never read.  For example, I broke up with the Bronte's and their ilk many years ago, so the chances of me reading Persuasion are just about nil.  I feel like I've read Little Women, but I don't remember enough to be sure.  I've tried to read Tolkien a few times, but I can't get into it.  The songs and poems make me crazy.  I'd like to read the Russians (Dostoevsky, Nabokov) but I haven't gotten to them. 

I commented at Book Riot about how I find this list kind of strange.  Mostly because Joyce shows up at all.  But I'm surprised that The Night Circus made the list and also the stuff by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.  And while I think To Kill A Mockingbird is a good book, I don't think it's #1.  

But whatever, it's a fun list and it's always fun to see how many I've read.  To the few of you that are left, how many have you read?  

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