Posted by on Apr 28, 2006 in Uncategorised | 7 Comments

Myfanwy Collins

tagged me with this meme:

Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you might read, cross out the ones you won’t, underline the ones on your book shelf, and place (parentheses) around the ones you’ve never even heard of.

Sadly, I can’t seem to cross out text (yes, I’m an html fool) so I’m simply putting a * against those I will never read …

*The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams
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 – J. K. Rowling
*The Life of Pi – Yann Martel [I’ve tried, really I have]
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
1984 – George Orwell

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – 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
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
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
(Sula by Toni Morrison)
(Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier)
*The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
*White Teeth by Zadie Smith [another one that’s been sitting on the ‘to read’ shelf for a year or more!]
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
*We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Schriver
Disgrace – JM Coetzee
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureshi
Small Island – Andrea Levy
Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake

Ivanhoe – Walter Scott
Patrick Suskind – Perfume
Bernand Shlink – The reader

Bev’s additions:

(Father and Son – Larry Brown)
(Crooked Hearts – Robert Boswell)
(She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb)
Postcards – E. Annie Proulx
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (stories) – Robert Olen Butler
(Defiance – Carole Maso)
Being Dead – Jim Crace

Steve’s additions:

The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien
Don Quixote by Cervantes
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

Illywhacker by Peter Carey
The Master & Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

if on a winter’s night a traveller… by Italo Calvino

Myfanwy added:

(And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos, by John Berger)
Holy the Firm, Annie Dillard
Bear Attacks–Their Causes and Avoidance, by Stephen Herrero
(Desert Notes–Reflections in the Eye of a Raven, by Barry Lopez)
(River Notes–The Dance of Herons, by Barry Lopez)

I am adding:

His Monkey Wife by John Collier
Renegade or Halo2 by Timothy Mo
Borderliners by Peter Hoeg
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
The Bear Comes Home by Rafi Zabor

And I am tagging:

Bunny Goodjohn

Linda M Donovan

Richard Allen Cooper


  1. Myfanwy Collins
    28th April 2006

    I’ve not heard of any of your additions, Kay. I like Peter Hoeg, though. Smilla’s Sense of Snow (I think it was titled differently in the UK) is a great book.

  2. Bunny
    28th April 2006

    Kay, I’m trying a command as “other” – maybe that will get through…

    Looks like I’ve got a lot of reading to catch up on.

    I really recommend that McIntosh book – strange but oddly compelling.

  3. B.A. Goodjohn
    28th April 2006


  4. Richard
    28th April 2006

    I will have to try this one, even though my middle name is spelled differently! Don’t feel bad, even my own mom had it wrong for a while, until I showed her my birth certificate, just like Edgar Allan Poe.

  5. Richard
    28th April 2006

    Actually my computer is now in the shop, and I can’t do this one at work!!! Maybe I can blog again next week and do this meme!

  6. Kay Sexton
    28th April 2006

    Ouch! Apologies Richard, and I think you have as long as you want to work on the meme – I’ve added six books to my ‘must read’ list since Myf tagged me!

  7. kathryn
    29th April 2006

    Haven’t read any of your additions, Kay, though I think it’s about time I read a Hoeg book.


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