Book Meme, sort of

January 25th, 2006

From the flamous MrsBudak, looks fun. Also I have been asked this many times. Will do a more complete list some other time.

I am supposed to bold the books I have read, italicise the books I might read and cross out the books I probably won’t read:

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – This is a good one, I especially loved the cliffhanging chapter-endings. You don’t get that in books anymore.

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams
– Many many times. I have all 5 books of his trilogy and his other works including the fabulous "Last Chance to See".

The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerald

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) – J.K. Rowling

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller – This is a good one. Anyone doing NS in S’pore should read it.

The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien - I think this is the better book than LoTR. I love the cadence in which it was written.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon - Almost everyone I lent the book to cried. I didn’t as I did not find the kid that much different from a Computer Geek.

Lord of the Flies – William Golding – How can anyone miss this wonderful children’s romp into madness?

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

1984 – George Orwell – I did see the Apple Superbowl ad though…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) – J.K. Rowling

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut

Angels and Demons – Dan Brown – This is the prequel to the more famous novel.

Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

Neuromancer – William Gibson – And all his other books. He is still the master.

Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson – Plenty of detailed descriptions and wordplay to cover the absence of a plot. Ghastly.

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess   – Saw the movie.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

American Gods – Neil Gaiman – This is a very good read. I have 3 copies, all worn out.

Ender’s Game (The Ender Saga) – Orson Scott Card – Good start, but the series wore a bit thin at the end.

Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving – Read the more famous Garp book.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis – Tried, but the allegories wore me down.

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman – I found it very very good, but may be hard to understand for those who didn’t catch the 70’s horror movies.

Atonement – Ian McEwan

The Shadow Of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Dune – Frank Herbert – The one and only sci-fi masterpiece. His son’s later follow-ups are a disgrace to the vision and scope of the father.

7 Responses to “Book Meme, sort of”

  1. guile Says:

    atonement.. i just love that book by ian mcewan :)..

  2. The Literary Critic Says:

    1984 by George Orwell has become synonymous with oppression.

  3. Marta Says:

    If you’re in California, your frost date might fall BEFORE the color groups. I am wkniorg on coming up with a system for folks like you. It may not roll out until fall, or at the latest next spring.

  4. Jasmina Says:

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  5. Says:

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  6. Says:

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