Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Books, books, books

I recently joined this website called BookMooch. It's a book sharing site where you pay to ship your unwanted books to people who "mooch" them, while in return earning points to mooch your own books from others. I've gotten some good ones recently, and have been able to get rid of a bunch that were collecting dust.

I'm stealing this idea direct from Carla, but hey, why not? I've bolded the books I've already read and put an * next to those I'd like to read.

"Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here."

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

The Bible - G.O.D. (ha! just kidding about the god part!!)

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 (some, but DEF not all!)

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

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

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 - CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis (well yes, I suppose this is the first in the Chronicles, but I guess its giving the quitters a chance?)

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden*

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

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

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

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

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

Um, only 6?? Didn't these people go to SCHOOL?

If my counting is correct, I've read 45 of them. Come on people, catch up!

And yes, I'm totally putting my asterisk'ed books on my BookMooch list, lolz.


  1. Good for you dude.

    PS I'm not saying I have anything against them, the ones I don't intend to read ... I just have such a huge reading list in some very specific categories. For instance I want to read practically everything by James Joyce and Louise Erdrich ... and that'll take some time. I don't have as much desire to read books that aren't in my favorite genres.

  2. well, if you want to add some more, we have #2, 3, 26 and 89 at the house. I think we may also have 52 (Dune) and 71 (Oliver Twist), but not sure...you know...old age, memory...I've read them, but don't recall if I own them or passed them on to others :)

  3. I've probably read about 8-10 of them... but I've seen the movies of about 15 more... does that count? :)

  4. If movies count, how about episodes of Wishbone? :D

  5. really? we're only supposed to have read 6 of these? i think i had 6 of these when i was in 7th grade. how are you michelle? hope that you're well! :)

  6. @Carla, sure, why not? :)

    @Warrior Princess, seriously! Maybe those Brits are only "Homer Simpson smart" ... AKA "S-M-R-T" Things are pretty good here! Just buying about a gazillion presents for my cute niece and fetus-nephew!



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