"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

Monday, December 6, 2010

Book Challenge

I recently came across a list of books I wanted to read. I made this list of more than 100 stories several years ago and I'm surprised how many I did not finish or even begin. I could use the excuse that I had two children and moved several times in the last few years as well as lost most of my possessions in a flood due to a hurricane, but that seems pretty lame considering how many things I've read that are not on this list. Below is my list. I put the books I finished in bold and italicized the ones I started, but did not finish.

So, here is my challenge for you: Copy this list and bold the ones you have completed and italicize the ones you did not finish (no, you can't count movies you have seen). Then make your own list of books to read. I'm also looking for suggestions for my new book list. Are there any you recommend?

1984 - George Orwell
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer  
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
Catch 22 - Joseph L Heller
The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas
Crime and Punishment - Fyoder Dostoyevsky
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown
Don Quixote de la Mancha - Cervantes
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Dune - Frank Herbert
Emma - Jane Austen
Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
The Godfather - Mario Puzo
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Harry Potter Series (7 books) - JK Rowling
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Holes - Louis Sacher
The Host – Stephenie Meyer
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
I, Claudius – Robert Graves
The King James Bible
The Left Behind Series (first five books) – Lahaye/Jenkins
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Macbeth – William Shakespeare
Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
The Odyssey - Homer
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Othello – William Shakespeare
Persuasion - Jane Austen                   
The Phantom of the Opera- Gaston Leroux
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
The Puppet Masters – Robert Heinlen
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
The Scarlett Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – Stephenie Meyer
The Stand - Stephen King
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J K Rowling
The Tales of Edgar Alan Poe
The Taming of the Shrew – William Shakespeare
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
Twilight Series (4 books) – Stephenie Meyer
The Vampire Diaries (6 books) – L.J. Smith
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

My new list will contain the ones I did not finish. What do you suggest I add?


Laurie Kolp said...

Great list. I'll try to work on one in all my spare time this month (or maybe not).

Aimée Jodoin said...

Great list. You should add The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad if you haven't read it already. That is, in my opinion, the greatest book of all time, though many people dislike it.