Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Piggy needs to read more

Thanks to beentsy, Piggy is feeling somewhat guilty about all the "important" books I've never read. How about you? (Tag, you're it!)

Bold the books you have already read.

Italicize the books you intend to read.

Notes in parentheses next to note-worthy titles.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (Started more than once, but nope.)
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. The Bible (Bits and pieces.)
7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (350-odd pages of unremitting misery.)
13. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (Ok, I'll admit it. I don't get it.)
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (Read a lot, but plenty left!)
15. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
17. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (And the other two in the trilogy, The Girl at the Lion D'or and Charlotte Gray.)
18. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch by George Eliot (I managed to finish this only because I was going to be tested on it.)
21. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Zero desire.)
22. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (I've started this one several times, but have never managed to get more than 100 or so pages in. It's one of those books that I feel I must read before I die, though.)
25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis (I've read two of them; no huge desire to read the others.)
34. Emma by Jane Austen
35. Persuasion by Jane Austen (Possibly my favourite book.)
36. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Everyone else and their dog have, so I guess I should.)
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres (Seeing the clips from the Nicolas Cage film recently -- it aired a few days ago -- has turned me off. Unfairly, I'm quite sure.)
39. Memories of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
41. Animal Farm by George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Truly dreadful.)
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving
45. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
47. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (You'd have to pay me.*)
48. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
50. Atonement by Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
52. Dune by Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons ("Something nasty in the woodshed!")
54. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
62. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Beentsy read it twice. In a row. That's intriguing enough to make me want to pick it up.)
65. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (400-odd pages of even more unremitting misery than Tess of the D'Urbervilles. NO. MORE. THOMAS. HARDY.)
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
72. Dracula by Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses by James Joyce (Tried. Failed. More than once. Unlike War and Peace, I've given up.)
76. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (My favourite Plath work is an uncharacteristically fun book for children, The Bed Book, which is, sadly, out of print.)
77. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal by Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession by AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web by EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton (I'm surprised I haven't read these; I think I've read everything else Blyton wrote.)
91. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Another I've started but never finished. And one I feel guilty about.)
92. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
94. Watership Down by Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (Another one I hated. Clearly Piggy is unsophisticated.)
96. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Good, but my favourite Dahl is Danny the Champion of the World.)
100. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

* If you have an enemy you'd like to drive to suicide, buy them the collected works of Thomas Hardy.


  1. Interesting, very interesting. Favourite Dahl - The Witches & James & the Giant Peach.
    Thomas Hardy - quite possibly the most depressing writer in the history of the world.
    The Lovely Bones has the most interesting concept of 'heaven' I've ever heard of. Amazing.
    Glad I'm not the only one turned off of Corelli's Mandelin due to Nicholas Cage issues. ;)

    Oh, and because of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, as a child I had an obsession. Every single house I went to I would sneak off from everyone else and check out the backs of their closets in hopes of finding Narnia and Mr. Tumnus. Almost ended up in therapy over that one.

  2. I'm planning to read 20 books this year myself.