Reading, did someone say reading?

Karen at Lion and Magic Boy has asked what I’m reading; right now I am loving The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd. Also, for Mother’s Day, I asked for Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson, which is the story of a K2 climber who returns to the Pakistani town that nursed him back to health after an accident, to build a school.

Below is a list, too, of books I’ve read, in bold. (You’ll notice that I might quite possibly be the only person in the hemisphere who has NOT read a Harry Potter book.)

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)

8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)

16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)

35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)

43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)

53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)

56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)

65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)

73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)

81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)

84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)

89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)

95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

(Yes, I really read Ulysses, when I was in college; it was a very thick, annotated version that gave me a feeling of being smart every time someone asked me what I was reading.)

I’d love to know what’s on your bookshelf. If you’re interested, post the list, indicate in bold what you’ve read, and leave a note in the comments so I can check it out.

Happy reading!


14 thoughts on “Reading, did someone say reading?

  1. I’ve read a lot of the books you highlighted. I read the first Harry Potter book just to see what the hoopla was about, but I didn’t buy it. Right now I’m reading Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which is wonderful. Before that I read Bad Girls Club, a harrowing but good y/a novel by Judy Gregorson about a girl with a mentally ill mother; House of Thieves, a short story collection set in Hawaii by Kaui Hart Hemmings, and Midori by Moonlight, a sort of chick lit novel set in Japan by Wendy Nelson Tokunaga.

  2. Alas, no Harry Potter in this house either. Perhaps we’ll get there in a few years. #17 on the list, Fall on Your Knees, one of my all-time favorites. I’m curious, though, I’ve seen lists like this before and I wonder how they start—does one person simply pass their list to another and what is the criteria for the 100?

  3. Wow… I must not be managing my time well. I can’t imagine actually getting time to read, so I’m jealous! I read alot during the pregnancy, but I can’t remember the last fiction I read. On that list of 100, I’ve read like 4, which feels a bit sad. But I’ve seen lots of the movies!

  4. I am currently reading that “In Cold Blood” book by Truman Capote for my book club. Jury is still out on it. We read “Time Traveller’s Wife” which was fabulous as well as “The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Nightime”- another good one. I have read a lot of the ones on your list and love them as well. Alice Sebold is an incredible author. Did you read her other book, “Lucky” the memoir. It was excellent!

  5. i would be embarrassed to tell you whats on my book shelf……
    i do love the books written by beverly lewis though. she is one of my favorites and i have read all her books!!!

  6. Harry Potter is one of the few books where my son will still let me read to him, despite the fact that he’s nearly 12. I started reading them to him about 4 years back and when each nedw one has come out, I’ve continued to do so.

    The only other series where he’s allowed me to read the books to him before he reads them himself is the Phillip Pullman “His Dark Materials” Trilogy. It’s a fantastic series. Promoted as a children’s book, because the lead character is 11, it is one of the best series of books I’ve ever read for any age.

  7. I used to enjoy reading. I think I’ll print this list out and take it to our local college’s used book sale next weekend. I’m sure I’ll find most of these titles there.

  8. I’ll get back to you with a longer list, but here are a few of my recent reads:

    Birth As An American Rite of Passage, Robbie Flynn-Davis
    Babycatcher, Peggy Sanday
    Waiting for Birdy, Jennifer Margulis
    Literary Mama, collected essays
    I Don’t Know How She Does It, Allison Pearson

    Lots of mommy lit, I realize but that’s where I’m at just now.

    I wanted you to know that I’ve nominated you for a thinking blogger award. I don’t know how to send you the meme, but it is on the latest post of my buddhistmama blog.

    Congratulations and thanks for a great blog.

  9. See me waving…I have never read Harry Potter either….but love your #50…She’s Come Undone is one of my all time favorites……I am a book addict!

    I love true sories like Torey Hayden…reading Someone Else’s Kids for my summer class.

  10. Say, for the folks who had trouble commenting, thank you for letting me know!

    And about Harry Potter…the explanation is that my oldest son is still too young for the books, and I’ve been catching up on my list of must-reads (while I was writing my book I put my personal reading aside, I was mostly reading textbooks and such), so. From what I understand, we have a whole new world awaiting us, when Carter is ready.

    And Cate, until then, we can start a club, no? A listening-to-Yankee-Hotel-Foxtrot-instead-of-reading-Harry-Potter club. That sort of thing.

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