I Hate Literature. Literature Sucks. Only Idiots Like Literature.
Just to make it more revealing, "NHO" means that I have never even heard of the book.
UPDATE: Bold does not work well with this template, so I've put a cross in front ot those I've read.
1) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
I love Kira Knightley.
2) The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Do the extended DVD's count?
3) Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
I've seen two movies based on this book, and they were both mind numbingly boring.
4) Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
I'm not even much of a fan of the movies.
5) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
I tried to watch the movie once, but I'm not much of a fan of courtroom lawyers (Since just about every problem in the world has dozens of those kinds of lawyers at the root of it), so I changed the channel.
6) †The Bible
I've read almost every English translation I'm aware of except for the Tyndale New Testament - most of which ended up in the King James anyway - from cover to cover. Some several times. My favorite is the Authorized Version (King James) but mostly because I love "Olde English." I have a Zondervan Layman's Parallel Bible with four different versions in parallel columns that I love, but it's missing what I think is the all around best English translation, and that is the NIV (New International Version). I've also read The Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture (Which is about as long as the Bible itself) and a Protestant version of that entitled The Unfolding Drama of Redemption, which may actually be longer than the Bible. This probably says more about me than anything else in this particular meme.
7) Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8) †Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
I was forced to read this in high school.
9) His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman *NHO*
10) Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11) Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12) Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy *NHO*
I bet she was a dog, like that Baskervilles bitch.
13) Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Saw the movie (I thought it sucked ass).
14) Complete Works of Shakespeare
Reading Shakespeare does nothing for me - I tried Henry V once, but gave up out of crushing boredom - but I love to see staged plays and movies of his work (If they don't suck, that is).
15) Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier *NHO*
Both my high school sweetheart and my ex-wife were named Rebecca: I wouldn't even see a movie with this title.
16) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Can't wait for the movie! But, only if
17) Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks *NHO*
18) Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19) The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger *NHO*
20) Middlemarch - George Eliot *NHO*
21) Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Movie was good.
22) The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23) Bleak House - Charles Dickens *NHO*
24) War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
I did read The Gulag Archipellago by Solzenitzen when I was a junior in high school: I'm sure my time was better spent with that than any Tolstoy crap.
25) The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Saw the movie, which was lame.
26) Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh *NHO*
27) Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This one has always made me go "hmmmm..." I may eventually read this.
28) Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
I think I had this forced on me in high school, but I'm not sure. Was it a Dust Bowl novel of some kind?
29) Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Only screen versions.
30) The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame *NHO*
31) Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32) David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
I thought he was a tall, slender Jewish magician who changed his name for show biz.
33) Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
Only screen versions.
34) Emma - Jane Austen *NHO*
Good name... for a cow.
35) Persuasion - Jane Austen *NHO*
36) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
Isn't this exactly the same as The Chronicles of Narnia? See, I don't even know that.
37) The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini *NHO*
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39) Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden *NHO*
Loved the recent movie, since I lived in Japan and love Japanese culture (I used to go all over Japan to attend Sumo tournaments), but did not know it was a book.
40) Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
Screen versions only.
41) Animal Farm - George Orwell
The movie with John Balushi Tom Hulce was hilarious.
42) The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
Uh huh. Right. As if.
43) One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez *NHO*
44) A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving *NHO*
45) The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins *NHO*
46) Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
That's a real book? I thought it was a joke about something I never understood. Sorta like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms.
47) Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy *NHO*
48) The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49) †Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Another book I was forced to read in high school. Barf.
50) Atonement - Ian McEwan *NHO*
51) Life of Pi - Yann Martel *NHO*
I did read Hawking's A Brief History of Time though.
52) †Dune - Frank Herbert
And here we have the exception that proves the rule: I read the entire series. It is the only written sci-fi series that ever hooked me. I loved it. All movies of it have sucked. Badly.
53) Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons *NHO*
54) Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen *NHO*
55) A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth *NHO*
56) The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon *NHO*
57) A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
I liked St. Augustine's "City of God," which I think this ripped off.
58) Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
I thought the TV series version, "Roots" was quite good.
59) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon *NHO*
60) Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez *NHO*
Oh yeah, like that title is going to interest me. *rolleyes*
61) †Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Another high school forced-read. Not bad though.
62) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Is that the book Sting was singing about?
63) The Secret History - Donna Tartt *NHO*
64) The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold *NHO*
Vagina Monologues sequel?
65) Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
He's the Count of a sandwich?
66) On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67) Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy *NHO*
68) Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding *NHO*
Is this what those cute movies about the chubby chick are based on?
69) Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie *NHO*
Did he get a Fatwa for this one too?
70) Moby Dick - Herman Melville
I love the old movie of this.
71) Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Ditto here: The old movie was great.
72) Dracula - Bram Stoker
I love vampire movies even when they are awful. Seriously.
73) The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett *NHO*
74) Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson *NHO*
75) Ulysses - James Joyce
I actually tried to read this. I read Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man when I was touring Europe in the 80's and loved that, so I got a copy of Ulysses. I don't think I finished the first chapter. I remember thinking it was idiotic and made no sense and had no thread to it. Some people think it's a great book though. I think it's garbage.
76) The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath *NHO*
Bell Jar ruined the Star Wars prequels.
77) Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome *NHO*
I had an amazon of a girlfriend once, she... uh... nevermind.
78) Germinal - Emile Zola *NHO*
79) Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
I thought this was a woman's magazine.
80) Possession - AS Byatt *NHO*
Imagine going through life with the name AS.
81) A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
I believe I've seen several movies based upon this, if Ebenezer Scrooge is the protagonist, but I'm not positive about that (That says a lot, I'm sure). The Bill Murray version is my favorite.
82) Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell *NHO*
83) The Color Purple - Alice Walker
I couldn't even make it through the movie.
84) The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro *NHO*
Loved, loved, loved the movie. Didn't even know it was a book until right this instant.
85) Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
"There once was a Madam named Bovary,
and she had only one good ovary...
But it worked all too well,
when she said "What the hell!"...
despite all her work on the Rosary."
I hadn't broken out the old Clement Wood Complete Rhyming Dictionary in years. That was fun.
86) A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry *NHO*
87) Charlotte's Web - EB White
I distinctly remember all the little girls my age loving this when I was living in Panama - I was about eight - so I thought it was a chick thing. A little chick thing.
88) The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn *NHO*
I hope I meet more than five.
89) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Screen versions only, some of which I love (Like Hound of the Baskervilles).
90) The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton *NHO*
They aren't really far away, they just look that way: Bansai!
91) Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
I did not authorize that biography.
92) The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
This is the bio I authorized.
93) The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks *NHO*
I found one of those in a deer blind at the beginning of the 1974 hunting season.
94) Watership Down - Richard Adams
If the ship is made of water, how can you tell?
95) A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole *NHO*
I thought this was a list of fictional stories: How - exactly - does the true story of the Candian Government fit in here? Eh?
96) A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute *NHO*
Fat and slow?
97) The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Several screen versions, most of which I enjoyed.
98) Hamlet - William Shakespeare
Mel Gibson did this best IMO (Sorry Kenneth), though Rosenkrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead was a close second. LOL!
99) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Both screen versions.
100) Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
This is a book? I thought it was a play, but then, it and Cats were on Broadway for the entire time I worked in NYC (1984-1988).
I've read exactly 5% of these books: Nearly 50% of these books I've never even heard of.
My mom has a story she likes to tell to embarrass me when we're visiting friends (Well, several actually), and it goes something like this: "I tried to get George to read all the books I loved as a child but he wouldn't even crack the covers open. One day when he was about seven he tossed one asside that I had given him and said, 'I'm not interested in fiction mother, I'm interested in facts.' and that was the last novel I tried to get him to read."
My room was filled with Time LIFE books, Audubon Encyclopedias and stuff like that, which I fairly devoured.
I'd open the cover of this book, though.