Friday, April 13, 2007

Bits and Bobs

"Wear the old coat and buy the new book." - Austin Phelps
"There is no mistaking a real book when one finds it. It is like falling in love." - Christopher Morley
I found these two quotes on Book Chase today, thanks Sam I hope you don't mind me reproducing these. I think it sums up what I strongly feel about books and reading.

Updated= Book Meme
Found this on so many sites thought I would have to give it a go!
Instructions: In 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 ten-foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of. In the comments, let me know if you’re up for it. I left some books in just regular old font, these are the ones I am not sure I want to read or not.
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 (Rowling)
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) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
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)- well read a bit of it
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)- OH really wants me to read this
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- read parts!
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)
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 (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65.* Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
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)- partly read
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)

Umm how do I underline in blogger!

10 comments:

Sam Houston said...

I'm happy that those two quotes spoke to you the same way that they hit home for me. They say a whole lot in just a few words, don't they? :-)

a.book.in.the.life said...

They do indeed. That is what I have enjoyed about finding fellow readers who are so passionate, they just 'get it'. It's very nice.

Stephanie said...

Hi! I just stopped by to visit! I love your blog! Anything literary is always a plus for me.

If you haven't read To Kill a Mockingbird yet, you really should! It's fantastic. Probably my #1 all-time favorite! Followed closely by The Count of Monte Cristo, The Alchemist and Gone with the Wind!

a.book.in.the.life said...

Thanks Stephanie I know I have always heard so much about these books I most definitely have to read them! Glad you came for a visit, hope to 'speak' again soon!

kookiejar said...

Underlining is just like using bold or italics only you use a u rather than a b or an i. Did that make any sense?

I'm always a little jealous when I hear someone hasn't read a great book like 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. I'd love to be able to read some of my favorites for the first time again. There is nothing like the thrill of discovery.

a.book.in.the.life said...

Thats a lovely way to think about it, I feel good that I have all these great books to discover! Thanks for the help about underlining, now can you amaze me by telling me how to do the crossing out thing! lol!

kookiejar said...

Yep, same deal, only instead of a b or an i, crossing out uses an s. Stands for strikeout.

a.book.in.the.life said...

You star thank you!

John said...

I'd recommend reading these out of the ones you didn't italicise:
Atlas Shrugged
The Great Gatsby
Shogun
The English Patient

At first I thought it was bold of you not to cross any out... then I realised you didn't have the technology ;-)

Anyway, I must get round to doing this on my own blog one day!

a.book.in.the.life said...

LoL I am glad you made the connection, I suppose I should go back and alter it and put my newly discovered skills to the test!