Lite Ray? Sure

Found this at tobey’s.



1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.

Them Silly List of Books

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen 
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (I’m guessing I’ve read this thrice. The appendices probably more.)
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte 
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (And this is here because?)
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (The problem with having seen the film first is that Atticus has to look like GregoryPeck in your head.)
  6. The Bible (Not all of it you understand. Favorite bit – Ecclesiastes)
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte 
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (And this was a decade before that year actually hit.)
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (In progress)
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (I loved it at the time. But then I was 16 so I doubt I’d underline this now.)
  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 (I already knew that the very rich could be horrible people but it was a good reminder)
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (Especially the Vogon Poetry)
  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
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis 
  34. Emma – Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (Isn’t this covered in 33?)
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (Why is this here?)
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (The movie wasn’t as funny as the book. What do you mean it’s not supposed to be a comedy? Why is this here?)
  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
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding (High school assignment)
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan (You see it’s really a book about writing as process of redemption.)
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  52. Dune – Frank Herbert (Have you ever noticed that all the greatest sci-fi novels are really about religion?)
  53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Pomo gothic-horror about a writer in Barcelona.)
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (Seen both film and mini-series though.)
  58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (And apart from all the Shakesperean references – starting with the title – have you ever noticed that all the great sci-fi stories are really about religion?)
  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 (small man tries to teach big man to stop killing his pet mice.)
  62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (How to get even. Really even. Keep notes since you will lose track of who did what to him to deserve what he does to them.)
  66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (There’s too much chick-lit here already.)
  69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdied 
  70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville (there are really only two novels, MD and Don Quixote. Everything else is just gravy.)
  71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  72. Dracula – Bram Stoker (I’m still wondering why I haven’t)
  73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce (I’m still wondering why I haven’t)
  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 (It has it’s moments. But you have to try to stop laughing at others.)
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupéry (Maybe 10 times. Well it’s short.)
  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 (The humor here is intentional.)
  98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare (But there’s a “Complete Works” up there!)
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl 
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo 



And just to let everyone understand that it’s a dumb list, here are some missing in action (that I’ve read):

Don Quixote – Miguel Cervantes
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man & The Sea – Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway (Ok, I had my EH period)
 The World According to Garp – John Irving
Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (Okay, add this to DQ and MB)
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe 
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll 
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig (Look for this in Fully Booked in the Philosophy Section.)
The Once and Future King – T. H. White
Morte d’ Arthur – Thomas Mallory (Now what made me think of that?)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach (I just thought I’d throw that in since everyone wanted to choose this for a book report in high school for very understandable reasons, until the teacher got wise and banned book reports of it. I was intending to do “Old Man & The Sea” anyway. It’s also short. Having said that, I did really enjoy the story of the little seagull that went splat! and became a Christ-like ghost symbol to the other seagulls.)
Stranger In a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein (I grok it)
I, Claudius – Robert Graves

 Okay I’m tired. Enough trying to remember every book I’ve ever  liked.


2 Comments on “Lite Ray? Sure”

  1. Tobey says:

    Chronicles of Narnia, seriously?? Haha.

    I’d like to throw in The Stranger by Albert Camus.:P

    Wow, you’ve read a lot. What are you fav books? Now I just read through recommendations/reviews online. Reading trashy novels is a waste of time when you could have read something more compelling with the same amount of time and money. :]

    “Have you ever noticed that all the great sci-fi stories are really about religion?” Yes. Most sci-fi writers are atheists–Douglas Adams, Stanislaw Lem (writer of the film Solaris), Isaac Asimov, HG Wells, Arthur Clark, Harlan Ellison and so on. I think the concept of God defies logic and rationality, but still, you’re free to believe in whatever you like, including the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It’s just that the world makes more sense when God is ripped out of the picture. Grappling with the concept of God and existence alone is suicidal and nihilistic. But once you’ve gone that phase, you’d realize the world is just as awesome as it already is, to which science crawls in to make it even more incredible.

  2. Sebastian says:

    “…Narnia…” CS Lewis was friends with Tolkien!

    Reading trashy novels can be fun as long as you know they are trashy beforehand and you have low expectations, but yes, time can be better spent.

    Fav books: tough one. I like all the ones I underlined but if I had to make a short list:
    1. Don Quixote
    2. Moby Dick
    3. Huckleberry Finn
    4. 100 Years of Solitude
    5. The Sun Also Rises

    Sci-fi novels, religion & atheism:
    Which makes it somewhat ironic. The best case in point is “Stranger in a Strange Land” where Smith establishes his own cult based on Martian philosophy (and his body is quite properly eaten by his followers after he dies.) In Dune the mystical connection between the “spice” and Paul’s abilities are essentially biotechnological and unexplained and therefore remains mystical.

    The essential appeal of sci-fi is an ability to induce a sense of wonder similar to folk religion. In this sense it is more mythological than religious. Sci-fi has always been more about the potential of myth rather than simply an anticipation of technology so this reliance on mysticism as a device is not so strange after all.

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