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Friday, 12 August 2011

Reading List?

Stole this from Lina's BLOG.

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.Instructions: Bold those books you've read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

I've added my own commentary as well!

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen     (LOVED it)
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien     (Pretty darn good)
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte  (Most read)    (A classic)
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling    (I've read every book at least 5 times)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee     (Will buy the book sometime soon to finish it)
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte     (Ok that's it, I'm going book-hunting tomorrow)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens     (Great book)
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott    (A bit idealistic, but a girl can dream, no?)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare     (I realized all of Shakespeare's male leads are a little bit gay)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy    (Too darn wordy)
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adam
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
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     (One of my first Literary reads)
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis     (Didn't like it)
34 Emma – Jane Austen     (Loved the subtle sarcasm but not the female lead - Emma)
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen     (Your typical love story just with more sophisticated English)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis     (Didn't like it)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden     (I liked it so much I read it twice in one sitting)
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA 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    (I reckon every girl should read the whole series)
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 Gibbon
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen    (Not my favorite of Austen's)
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    (Book-hunting!!!)
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens     (How can anyone NOT read this??)
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 Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
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 – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle    (His works actually make you think)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton     (I grew up reading these)
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     (I hated it and felt Hamlet was secretly in love with Horatio)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl    (Every kid's fantasy)
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I've completed 18 of them (eh but the Harry Potter series should count as 7 right?), and read excerpts from 6. Not bad eh? *cheh~* I've read 2 of Jane Austen's works thanks to A-Levels (Pride & Prejudice, Emma) and bought the rest because I liked her style of writing. Owe a lot to my mom for exposing me to novels at a young age... she used to read Disney stories to me before bedtime LOL.

Which reminds me... I should pay a visit to the bookstore soon. 

Vivocity it is tomorrow!!!


Lina An said...

wahahahaha….so nice going book shopping. I'm hunting for miniature scores too, but haven't found time to get them yet!

Where do you usually get your music scores from?

Clarissa said...

I either photostat from the Conservatory's music library (which has a huge collection) or Gramercy, Singapore. =D

I don't care, I'm getting new books tomorrow!