Monday, June 30, 2008

Whew! That Was A Day!

Busy, busy, busy. I actually worked an hour of comp time and could have worked more except that poor ole Mr. Pointy Sticks was too tired to work comp so he was just waiting in the car for me. I joined this new branch just when 1) there is a hearing coming up, 2) one of the other women is, as I mentioned, on maternity leave, and 3) the other young woman had to go to Texas for a long weekend to help out her sister (who is just back from Vietnam with a new baby sister for her twin boys! how cool!!). So my boss and I are scrambling...but it's fun and she's a good person to work for/with. So that's cool.

I need to go do some chores, but then I am going to come back and do this meme. Hey, it's books! It's my kind of meme!

This came from Amy at Knit Think.

  • Bold all the books you have read
  • Underline those you loved &/or have read more than once (I can't underline easily on the blog so I'll make these red)
  • Italicize books on your To Be Read list (books you own just haven’t read yet)
  • Add an asterisk to those you started but didn’t/couldn’t finish

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole *
A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
Atonement - Ian McEwan
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
Bleak House - Charles Dickens
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
Complete Works of Shakespeare (haven’t read them all…a fair number of the plays and some of the sonnets and sort of can’t imagine reading any more unless I took a class or something)
Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Don Quixote - Miguel De Cervantes
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Dune - Frank Herbert
Emma - Jane Austen
Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
Foucault’s Pendulum - Umberto Eco
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Germinal - Emile Zola
Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (well, I’ve read the first couple - don’t really want to read any more of them)
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo *
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden*
Middlemarch - George Eliot
Middlesex: A Novel – Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
My Antonia – Willa Cather
Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
Northanger Abby – Jane Austen
Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
On The Road - Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Persuasion - Jane Austen
Possession - A.S. Byatt
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome *
Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
The Bible (again, I’ve read chunks)
The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (but I sort of wish I could have those two hours back)
The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo
The Iliad - Homer
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Odyssey - Homer
The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Ulysses - James Joyce
Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Watership Down - Richard Adams *
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West – Gregory Maguire
Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

And you? Which are your favorites/most disliked on this list?


rachel said...

Catcher in the Rye ought to be RED! Cloud Atlas, though, I didn't really like that much... too much gimmick, not enough real content. (But I'm picky.)

DID YOU KNOW: the phrase "his dark materials" comes from none other than Paradise Lost? True facts! Maybe everyone knew this but me.

Rooie said...

Well, if I were doing this when I was younger, Catcher might have been in red. But from the vantage of 53, I can't say it's one I love. And I only read it once, I believe.

And yes, I knew that about "his dark materials." There was a conspiracy not to tell you. ;^)

Anonymous said...

i LOVED Cloud Atlas! So nice to see it on someone else's "loved" list. haven't read Anne of Green Gables? Ohhhh...such a wonderful classic!

Anonymous said...

I'm related to someone who couldn't finish "A Confederacy of Dunces"? Unbelievable. I'm going to have to rethink this whole thing.

Incidentally, going up to visit our aunt and uncle for the evening of the 4th, if you're going to be around.

Rooie said...

I couldn't finish the first chapter of Confederacy of Dunces...go ahead! Disown me.

I think we'll be in Fredericksburg for the Fourth. Rachel is all by herself and feeling a little evinced by her willingness to have us come and visit. Well, that and she wants to go grocery shopping.