Friday, December 30, 2011

The Final Book Count

After going back to my post from a year ago, I realized that I did not set a fifty-two books in one year goal again. (For some reason I thought I did.) Good thing because I would not have made it to that total. I did however say that I would read four books that made the  BBC top 100 list. They are the bold blue ones and I actually read six. Yaaay me :o)!

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - 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
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger  It's now on my shelf.
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 Tolstoy
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 - C.S. Lewis I've listened to almost the entire dramatized version does that count :o).
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden It's now on my shelf too.
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. 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 It's sitting on our bookshelf, but I'm not too interested in reading it.
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 This one intrigues me.
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
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 Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens Another one where I can't say if I've actually read it, but have heard/seen it many times.
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 - E.B. 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 My favorite book as a kid.
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

All things considered, I'm impressed with myself. I think the fact that we don't watch television helps me because I know I waste waaaay too much time on the computer.

I started out the year doing book reviews, but stopped at week fourteen. I'm not sure why, but I did. I'm thinking it's because summer hit and I was overwhelmed with having seven children at home. However, I do have a few that I might give my thoughts on yet over the next few days.... or maybe not.

My list of completed reads is in my side bar. If there are any that you would like me to give my thoughts on, feel free to let me know and I'll do my best to give you my humble opinion :o).

7 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading your book titles, Deborah!
    Oh, how I love books. I carry them around, jump from book to book, buy new ones and old ones, and overall cherish them. Reading is such a gift.

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  2. I would love more time to read. I'm thinking my actual book reviews (the ones I do for publishing companies) are going to come to a screeching halt. Doing all them is fun, but I never have time to read anything else. What fun is it if I never make a dent in my personal list?

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  3. Oh my goodness gracious! That is a lot of books! I enjoyed looking through all of them. I've read a few of those books, and they were really good!

    Instead of giving my opinion I'm going to ask a question. :)

    Have you read the book "Kisses from Katie"?

    I got the book for Christmas, and am almost done with it. It's about a young woman who travels to Uganda and it absolutely changes her life. She ends up adopting 14 daughters, and she now lives there. I highly recommend it! :)

    Blessings,
    ~Michlyn

    P.S. Package is being sent today! Thank you for the letter too! :) Recieved it right away when we got home last night.

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  4. You have a lot of good books on your list. The Lovely Bones...I couldn't read it and I remember you saying you struggled. Out of all of them which was your favorite? Or the one that stands out the most for whatever reason?

    Oh...hope you will review the teenage boy book. I would like to hear about what it has to say. =)

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  5. I've read Memoirs of a Geisha, and all the way through it I kept thinking, what would I do if it where me? How could I get out of this mess? That makes a darn good book when you start putting yourself in the place of the main character like that. There are a few books you don't have on that list that I think you would really enjoy. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, and Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones are two that come to mind.

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  6. I'm coming back to this when I'm not expecting a troop of small boys through the door for New Year chocolate fountian but just wanted to say that Curious Dog in Night time is interesting and definitely worth a read and I for one would love to blog-discuss it with you!

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  7. How you find time to read is beyond me, Deborah! But I am so thankful for the gift of a few minutes of still and quiet time and a good book :-)

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