Nothing like a list to finish off the year…
It’s New Year’s Eve, and we are off later to a party, curries, bubbles and dancing. So a quick post while I relax.
Can’t begin really to recount the year – I need to look through posts and images and reflect on 2013 some more.
But in the meantime, ta da…a list…and a book list- this from Book Riot – Go from zero to well-read in 100 books – and a list that I didn’t see when originally posted in June this year.
This list attempts to define ‘well read” – “…‘Well-read’ for this person then has a number of connotations: a familiarity with the monuments of Western literature, an at least passing interest in the high-points of world literature, a willingness to experience a breadth of genres, a special interest in the work of one’s immediate culture, a desire to share in the same reading experiences of many other readers, and an emphasis on the writing of the current day”.
The list, in alphabetical order: with a big yes at the end of those I have read, and some comments on some of the others…
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, do I confess to never having read MT? Never read.
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, yes – well some of them
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, I do have this
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque, great movie, reckon I probably should
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
- American Pastoral by Philip Roth
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy yes, great book!
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand well sort of yes, in my youth
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath yes
- Beloved by Toni Morrison should have, read at book group but away/absent…
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak yes, another great book and looking forward to the movie
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley yes
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz another book group one, but I didn’t finish…
- Call of the Wild by Jack London yes
- Candide by Voltaire yes
- The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer yes, some at uni years ago and really enjoyed
- Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, no but Carl has all Ian Fleming titles so probably should sometime
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, another bookgroup one I didn’t get to..again, was I away for this?
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger yes!
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White yes
- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
- The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
- The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
- The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
- The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen – I do own and have yet tor ead
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky yes
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown yes
- Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller yes
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- Dream of Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer yes, love JSF
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury have I, if not, I should, we have copies of this
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Faust by Goethe
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley yes
- A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, no, but have seen the series…
- The Golden Bowl by Henry James, no, but have read other HJ
- The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, again, not this one, but am reading Doris Lessing now!
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- The Gospels, yes- not cover to cover nor chapter to chapter…
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck yes, loved
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, yes
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, yes loved
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare, yes
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, yes
- Harry Potter & The Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, yes
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett, yes
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, yes
- House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
- Howl by Allen Ginsberg
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- if on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
- The Iliad by Homer
- Inferno by Dante
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, I should read, the snippets of WW I have read are just lovely
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel, yes
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, yes
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exepury, put off by this, as an ex manager loved this! Not the best of reasons I know but I didn’t like their management style…
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, yes
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, I won a copy, and yet to read
- Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, not this particular VW
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, yes
- The Odyssey by Homer
- Oedipus the King by Sophocles
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac, ye!
- A Passage to India by E.M. Forster, yes!
- The Pentateuch
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, yes!
- Rabbit, Run by John Updike
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy, yes!
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, yes
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, no WF…
- The Stand by Stephen King
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, yes
- Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
- Their Eyes Were Watching by Zora Neale Hurston
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, yes!!
- Ulysses by James Joyce
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, yes
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
- Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
- Watchmen by Alan Moore
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, yes!
- 1984 by George Orwell, and yes
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Not going to count these up, but an interesting, US centric list.
Lists…they are never going away.
And are huge at this time of the year!
Happy new Year to each and every one of you xx
Peace and love and big, big hugs xx
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