Books survey - 100 books
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen- If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know the answer to this question is OF EFFING COURSE!!!!
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien – I'll admit it: nope. Just the movies.
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte- Yes, for British Women's Literature and it was great.
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling- Any of my friends on Facebook know that I'm obsessed because every day I go up a level in the trivia challenge.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee- Yes. This makes me think of my very special group of honors 9th graders. It was a very full class of the most charismatic 9th graders alive. I loved them and I loved teaching this book to them.
6 The Bible - Sure, though never cover to cover, but lots of it.
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte- It's on my "to re-read" because I only read half in 11th grade then did the Cliffsnotes (I hated English class in 11th grade, okay? I'm sorry!!! I know it's a terrible thing to admit as a former English teacher, current creative writing grad student and current wannabe librarian, but it's the truth.)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell- Yes, and I have blogged about it. Scary stuff. And very eeries, considering how things are these days.
9 His Dark Materials- What is this one?
10 Great Expectations - Great storyline. Dickens had awesome storylines.
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott- Lovely. I should re-read.
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy- Never read it.
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller- I have not read this.
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet (like the back of my hand), Richard II, Henry IV (both parts), Measure for Measure, As You Like It (just recently saw), Midsummer's Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, Othello, Julius Caesar (only one I definitely didn't like), The Twelfth Night & MacBeth. That was fun, trying to figure them all out. I only had to go to Google for the list at Julius Caesar, so up until then, I remembered the toher's off the top of my head.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier- I didn't read this and according to the FB girls who had to read it as 9th summer reading, I should be glad of that.
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien- I liked that cartoon...
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks I have not heard of this book.
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger- I liked, I really mean it. No kidding.
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger- No, but I hear it's good. I dont often read contemporary fiction.
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot - I own it. It was a favorite book of a lot of my colleagues that year. I heard Francine Prose say it's Jane Austen for grown ups.
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell- Just the movie.
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald. Yes. Great book. Obviously.
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens- No but I heard the miniseries with Scully Moulder lady was mad good. It was on PBS.
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy. No, I have not. Last year two new versions came out and it caused a big stir, I remember. But it didn't stir me enough.
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams – No, but I'd like to, that or see the movie.
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh- Looking forward to the new movie, coming out soon with my girl Emma Thompson!
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky- No. I'm 0 for all when it comes to Russian literature. I think I read the Cherry Orchard by Chekov, but that's it.
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck- No, surprisingly.
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll- Love it!
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame- I was just looking at my copy today because the series is always on Sunday night on PBS. I liked it when I was little.
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy- I saw 2 movie versions, does that count?
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens- No. See, I like Dickens storylines a lot but I'm not so huge a fan of the language used. I feel the same way about Nicholas Sparks. Oops. I just compared Dicken to Nicholas Sparks. My b.
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis-no
34 Emma - Jane Austen- Grrr! Emma is a b*tch.
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen - Lady Susan and Persuasion are the only ones left. I have to wait to read them all because I don't want to possibilities to end.
36* The Scar;et Letter-Nathaniel Hawthorne-Yes and it was awesome. I keep following Hawthorne around this year it seems. Bowdoin College, Salem's hotel, and now West Roxbury.
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini- Not yet. Like I said, I"m not really up on my contemporary fiction.
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres- With Nick Cage and Cher. But the answer is no.
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden- No.
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne- Mais bien sur!
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell-A bigillion times. I read it with the basic level sophomores for 2 years in a row.
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown- Yes. It was fun. I liked the storyline, the writing was stupid, obviously, but ti was fun. Like General Hospital.
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez- This is on my list as well.
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving- I'm not so much a John Irving person.
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins--I don't know this book.
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery. NOt the books, but the series on PBS. DFG and I LOVED the Anne series and wanted to live in PEI together in our elderly years.
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy- I have not read this.
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood -I started it, but I don't think I'll ever read it completely.
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding- HATE! hate teaching, Hated reading. Hate.
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan- No.
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel- I should probably read this one.
52 Dune - Frank Herbert - No.
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons- This was Rene's answer: "Bridget was watching this movie on Saturday." So, there you go.
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen- Yup. See prior blog posts.
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth-I have not heard of this one.
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon-I don't know this one either.
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens--No.
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - Yes.
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - No.
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez- Rene & I watched Serendipity on Saturday! But no, I haven't read this. It's a lister.
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck- Read it. Taught it. Liked it.
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov – "Don't Stand So Close to Me"
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt- I don't know this one.
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - On my list
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas- No.
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac - Of course.
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy- Thomas Hardy wrote a lot of books that I've never read.
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding- 1000000 times. Plus, I live it. Every day.
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie- Haven't read it.
70 Moby Dick-Herman Melville. No.
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens. Just the movies.
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker- Oh no. And will not. I am a wimp. I don't do scary.
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett – No.
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson- No but I own "A Walk in the Woods".
75 Ulysses - James Joyce – Someday, of course.
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - Bitch.
78 Germinal - Emile Zola. Don't know it.
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray. Movie only.
80 Possession - AS Byatt. No.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens.- Play, movie, all that.
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell Unknown.
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker- Alice Walker is my favorite contemporary author. I love the Color Purple very much but it isn't my favorite of hers, though it is my favorite on this list so far (even more than BJD and the Jane Austens). My favorite of hers is "The Temple of My Familiar"
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro - Movie.
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert- Couldn't finish. Hated the character too much.
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry. Don't know it.
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White. Yes. Love. And don't feel guilty because I don't eat pork.
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom. Saw the movie-on-TV version with Angelina' dad. He didn't seem to learn its lesson, though, since they're still estranged.
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes- Arthur Conan Doyle. You know, I think I might put that high on my list becaue I betcha I'd like it a lot.
90 The Faraway Tree Collection. Don't know it.
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad. Blech.
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery. This is another one I was just looking at today!
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks. Never heard of it.
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams. -No
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole-No.
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute- Don't know it.
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas. No.
98* Their Eyes Were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston - V. g. Sad, and you felt like you knew the characters in real life after reading it.
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl- Oooh, yes. Very much so. But my favorite is the BFG.
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo- The movie--and I mean the real movie, not the movie musical. A great story.
*I added these ones because the previous titles were redundant of other series titles in the original list.