It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Well-Read Book Meme

Scooped from Solo Mom:

Take the list below, paste it into your own blog, and mark them as follows:
READ for those you’ve read;
WANT TO next to those you are interested in;
AGAIN & AGAIN next to those you’ve read and loved, over and over;
REPEAT for those you’ve read more than once, without necessarily loving them;
MEH for stuff you read and weren’t impressed by;
STARTED for those that just never got finished;
and leave blank those you don’t care to read.

Title Rating
1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) One huge MEH.
(Did I even finish?
Sooo boring.)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Again & Again
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) Repeat
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) Read
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien) Read
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) Read
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) Read
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) Read
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) Read
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) Read
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) Read
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) Read
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) Read
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) Read
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling) Read
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling) Read
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) Read
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) Again & Again
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) Read
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) Repeat
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) Read
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel) Meh
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) Read
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) Repeat
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) Again & Again
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck) Meh
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) Started
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) Meh
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) Started.
Made maybe 5 pages.
34. 1984 (Orwell) Again and again
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) Read
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) Read
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) Meh
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) Read
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom) Read
45. The Bible Repeat
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) Read
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) Started
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) Read
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) Read
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb) Meh
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) Meh
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens) Read
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) Read
54. Great Expectations (Dickens) Read
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) Meh
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence) Repeat
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) Read
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough) Meh
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) Repeat
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) Again and again
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) Started
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) Started
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice) Meh
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis) Again and Again
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares) Meh
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) Started
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) Want to
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) Read
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding) Read
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell) Started
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) Started
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) Repeat
76. Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) Read
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving) Read
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence) Read
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) Repeat
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley) Read
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck) Read
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier) Read
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen) Again and Again
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams) Again and Again
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) Again and Again
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields) Repeat
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) Read
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck) Started
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) Want to
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) Read
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Wow. I’ve tackled 78 of those hundred books. (Read 69, started 9 more.) Decent achievement, that. Some weeks I read five to seven books; others, only one or two. It’s a rare week that I don’t finish a single book.

For someone who reads so much it must seem odd that there are only a couple on this list I express a desire to read. This is not because they don’t interest me, but because my reading is rarely planned in advance. But in the library, where I go almost every week, I am a kid in a candy store, pulling first one then the other off the shelves.

Anyone else who decides to tackle this meme, leave a note in the comments, and I’ll come have a look!

March 19, 2007 - Posted by | books, memes and quizzes


  1. phew, that took a while! tackled it though 🙂 (Oh, you know me as Victoria, but I’ve moved and am now here: Interesting exercise! I consider myself a voracious reader but can’t even say I made it all the way through half of the books on this list! Maybe we should make our own list? lol!

    Comment by bluebunny | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  2. Don’t bother with the Secret Life of Bees. My best friend loved it. I thought it was incredibly trite. Or read it, but I warned you.

    Comment by kate | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  3. I did this one yesterday, except I didn’t have a nice little spreadsheet and clear instructions. Mine sort of looks like a train wreck, but I did do it according to the directions I had. 🙂

    Oh, and you should read Outlander. SO GOOD.

    Comment by kelli in the mirror | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. Wow. I have some reading to do… but then I knew that. I hate that a) I am a bloody slow reader; b)There is not enough hours in the day to do a lot of it; and c)I could live infinitely and never red everything that interests me! Gah! I’ve said it before – it depresses me at times.

    Comment by kittenpie | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  5. 68 out of 100 not bad for a guy that reads more fact than fiction.

    Comment by Bill | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  6. I’ve also read quite a number of these, but my reading is also more haphazard: I tend to get lost in the next bookshop (or amazone website) and simply get/order and that way acquire my bedtime/holiday/and train reading.. Never enough time in the day though and I’m impressed by the number of books you get through in the week!

    Comment by seachanges | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  7. PS I will put you on my blogroll – I like the suggestions

    Comment by seachanges | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  8. Bluebunny: Yeah. I’ve probably read a good fifty books so far this year… I used to keep track, when I was a teen, when I had tonnes of time and way more self-absorption…

    Kate: At first I’d ticked that one off, confusing it with A Recipe for Bees, then realized it wasn’t the same. A Recipe for Bees is a good one, but I enjoyed her* other two much less. (*Gail Anderson-Dargatz) Now I’ll have to read it, and see who I agree with – you or your friend!

    Kelli: I made the chart – and a persnickety business it was, too!! Glad you appreciate it. And I admit, I customized the instructions a bit, too.

    Kittenpie: I read very quickly, and I feel the same way. There will never be enough time to read all the good books out there! And I confess I do not restrict myself solely to good books…

    Bill: Not bad, indeed.

    Comment by MaryP | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  9. Seachanges: Hello! You must have been posting your comment while I was writing mine. The number of books? I have what might well be termed an addiction. I go for more than a day or two without a book, I get restless, irritable, and just plain ornery. At least they’re not fattening!

    Comment by MaryP | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  10. I used to try & keep track of what I read too … got waaaaaay too onerous a task for me! and really, who cared? lol! Most of my reading this year has been “fluff” so far – I’d guess I’m about half of your number though!

    Comment by bluebunny | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  11. I did this one a little while ago but I like your spreadsheet way better.
    I’m definitely a bibliophile but I had only read 49 of these although I had a lot more on my “want to read” list.

    Comment by Dani | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  12. I think I’ve at about 48. A long way to go to match your impressive 78! It’s a good thing books keep forever, because I like this to-do list.

    Comment by Lady M | March 20, 2007 | Reply

  13. Fifth Business! I am such a geek I think I read that 5 times when I turned 20.

    Comment by mo-wo | March 20, 2007 | Reply

  14. I finally did it. Interesting exercise. It was a nice walk down memory lane, though it surprised me for how many I had to think awhile before I could remember one way or another whether or not I’d read it. Also surprised me how opinionated I am about books (though why should that surprise me?) It also reminded me why I only buy books as gifts for people I know really, really well, and often even then it’s always a risk–people’s taste in books is highly individual.

    Comment by addofio | March 20, 2007 | Reply

  15. I didn’t do as well as I thought I would, considering I’ve worked in the book business for 13+ years!

    Comment by BookMama | March 20, 2007 | Reply

  16. I have some secret vices. I’m a Stephen King fan (at least of his earlier stuff) and I’ve read The Stand at least half a dozen times.

    Lately not much reading time though.

    Comment by ann adams | March 21, 2007 | Reply

  17. I think I need to read more – but I filled this out!

    Comment by Angela | March 21, 2007 | Reply

  18. Did it. Interesting mix of stuff. Rather shameful that I haven’t read more, considering I’m getting a PhD in literature – but (waaah) most of it is OUT OF MY PERIOD! 😉

    Comment by Heath | March 22, 2007 | Reply

  19. I got the same list from another blog but not as many categories! I should have found yours first–my list is up on my blog but only with read, want-to-read and not interested. There are certainly a few I’ve read more than once!
    Thanks for sharing yours!

    Comment by LoryKC | March 25, 2007 | Reply

  20. My results were pretty dismal, but I blame that on the scarcity of happy endings on the list!

    Comment by Kat | March 26, 2007 | Reply

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