The Books of My Numberless Dreams

Book Meme list…thing

Posted on: February 14, 2007

Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a 10 foot pole, put a cross infront of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk* the ones you’ve never heard of.

The ones without any markings or formatting are books to which I feel perfectly indifferent. The thought of reading them neither fills me with horror or happiness.

I stole this from Solnushka.

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) [Caught bits of the film here and there. I’m uninterested in the book but I would probably touch it with a 10 feet pole]
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 (Bits and pieces.)
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 (Audrew 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)

19 Responses to "Book Meme list…thing"

Book List Meme

This meme comes via the lovely and talented (Cinn)Imani. Here’s how it works (with slight modifications):Books I’ve readBooks I want to readBooks I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot poleBooks on my bookshelves? Books I’ve never heard of# Books I’ve

nice meme. #41 is definitely worth a pickup. Don’t have to read the rest of the Clan Bear seroes. but the first one is a modern day classic.

A transported world.


I’m fascinated by what you’ve crossed out. I can understand Clan of the Cave Bear and the Da Vinci Code, but The Poisonwood Bible and She’s Come Undone? Come on, are you going to tell us why?

ggwfung you know, I went to take a peek at it on Amazon and I’m intrigued. I knew about the novel but nothing I’d ever heard about it seemed interesting. I’m not convinced but if I see it in-store I may read a page or two.

Charlotte all of the recommendations for Poisonwood I’ve heard have been kinda lame, more or less, and almost all by people whose tastes usually send me screaming in the opposite direction.

Wally Lamb got the Oprah taint–not because she’s Oprah but because she usually goes for the melodramatic, depressing, “redemptive” novels that push you into a suicidal spiral for weeks.

See I went to look at the synopsis on Amazon and in the first few lines I’ve learnt she was raped in a dog pound or something. See? I can imagine Oprah around her book club table, poignantly relating her own hardships, everyone around her nodding sympathetically…no, no, I’ll have to live without reading Wally Lamb.

You’ve read The Bourne Identity?

Are you kidding me? I think I read the whole series…or trilogy…whatever it was when I was about 13/14. I was a very intense Ludlum fan for about a year. I remember trying another of his books at 17, unable to recapture that effervescent “page turner” feeling. Sigh.

I want to know what you’ve got against Memoirs of a Geisha.

You’ve crossed out several books I quite enjoyed! A couple, anyway – Dan Brown was entertaining enough for me to read the two you’ve crossed out, although I can’t say I have any plans to seek out more of his work. The Notebook I wouldn’t touch either, but only because I love the film so much (weirdly). But what is wrong with Life of Pi? I quite liked that one.

Solnushka I’d prefer to read the memoirs of an actual Geisha. I don’t mean to limit fiction or invalidate his efforts, but for certain cultures I’m more interested in reading the work of authors closer to the source.

Oh booktraveller no one can persuade me that Dan Brown is worth my time. I have enough of my own trashy interests. 😉 Nicholas Spark is dripping treacle.

I’m sure Life of Pi is good but it’s so over-hyped I don’t want to go near it. Maybe in 20 years?

I can see that, actually, imani. Half the fun of the book was the details of the life.

I’m gonna need an extra marker for “Books I shouldn’t have wasted time on”. I see a few on the list that fits the bill.

I am not quite sure what this list is supposed to represent, but as a black writer I feel pretty depressed– not even on the list to be remarked upon.

Tayari I don’t know that it represents much at all except, perhaps, a random snapshot of someone’s bookshelf? I mean, it has the Celestine Prophecy.

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Having read this I thought it was rather enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and
energy to put this content together. I once again find myself spending way
too much time both reading and posting comments.

But so what, it was still worth it!

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