Thursday, July 31, 2008

I is Smart :-)

I found this smart-o-meter booklist on quite a few blogs, and i am long overdue a meme :-)

Ironically my book club is at a loss as to what book to read, methinks we should draw inspiration from the list below or any other recommendations.

This is how this meme works: “Someone” reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. It’s not the Big Read though — they don’t publish books, and they’ve only featured these books so far. So here we go…

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you started but did not finish.
3)Place an asterisk next to the books you LOVE.
4) Highlight in purple the ones you haven’t read but have watched the screen-adaptation of the book ( I added this category ‘cause it’s pretty clear that “Movies are killing the Reading/Book-star”)5) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 or less and force books upon them.

1. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
2. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
3. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
4. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
5. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
6. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett*
7. The Color Purple - Alice Walker*
8. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
10. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
11. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
12. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
13. His Dark Materials (trilogy) - Philip Pullman
14. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
15. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
16. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

17. Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger *
18. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
19. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
20. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll *
21. Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
22. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
23. Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne

24. Animal Farm - George Orwell
25. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
26. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
27. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
28. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
29. Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
30. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
31. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

32. Complete Works of Shakespeare
33. Ulysses - James Joyce

34. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
35. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
36. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen*
37. The Bible
38. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
39. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
40. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
41. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
42. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez*
44. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen*
45. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
46. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
47. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
48. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
49. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
50. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling*
51. Little Women - Louisa M. Alcott

52. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
53. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
54. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
55. Middlemarch - George Eliot
56. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
57. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
58. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
59. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
60. Emma - Jane Austen
61. Persuasion - Jane Austen
62. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
63. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
64. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

65. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
66. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
67. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
68. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
69. Atonement - Ian McEwan
70. Dune - Frank Herbert
71. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
72. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
73. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
74. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
75. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
76. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
77. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold *
78. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
79. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
80. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
81. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
82. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
83. Dracula - Bram Stoker
84. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
85. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
86. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
87. Germinal - Emile Zola
88. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
89. Possession - A.S. Byatt*
90. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

91. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
92. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
93. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
94. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
95. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
96. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
97. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
98. Watership Down – Richard Adams
99. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
100. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

Quite a few of my staple favourite books aren’t on the list above, most of them would fall into the chick-lit category so I am guessing that’s why they aren’t featured, hehehe. I have been known to read some pretty serious books in my time, one of which was Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Poisonwood Bible” which was riveting to say the least. I have way too many favourites to list, but if I had to recommend one right here, right now…that’s it!

Holla back and let me know what your favourite reads are!


Anonymous said...

Ooohhhh, I did this on my blog, hope you dont mind me stealing it!!!

Nyasha said...

um (cough cough)....u highlighted the bible as having read it all....mmmm methinks u started it but didnt finish it dave...innit? issit? innit.....lmao

Vimbai said...

Skinny: Does that mean u r back in the blogging world? Say it is so! Nyash: Haaa! You r such a cut-up, outing me on my own blog, lol. "Now why u wanna go & do that love, huh?"

Vee said...

So.. you read a Hundred Years of Solitude, would you recommend it? - I never read it because like you, I couldn't finish Love in the time of Cholera.

And please explain the fuss over Catcher in the Rye? I REALLY want to know!

Ohh.. and Possession, should I look for it?

Vimbai said...

A hundred years of solitude is a HEAVY book, no light reading there mate, but a much easier book to read than Love in a Time of Cholera (isn't that the most depressing title you have ever read, lol).

Catcher in the Rye is fussed over coz a) it's a lovely short and easy read and b) there's a crazy twist at the end (that's all i can say without giving everything away!).

Possession, wow, that was a looooong book too. I really like the way it was written, ie discussing how the present was dictated by the actions of people in the past etc, go for it. If that sounds too much, watch the movie, it has Gwyneth Paltrow in it (haven't watched it though)

I am currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zuckus (i think)...can't put it down, i recommend it even though i am only 70 pages in.

Don't believe a word I write said...

The Poisonwood Bible is either my favourite novel, or is at least in the top 5. What a phenomenal read! I love the Kingsolver.

Vimbai said...

DBWIW: That book was amazing, i loved how each chapter had one of the characters narrating and showing their perspective or take on things.