Sep 16, 2008

The Big Read

(via belleofthebooks)

According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.
The instructions:
Look at the list and:
Bold those you have read.
Italicize those you intend to read (for me, in the next year or so).
(* any that I own)
Underline the books you LOVE.
Reprint this list in your own blog.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen*
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien*
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte*
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling*
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee*
6. The Bible*
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte*
8. 1984 - George Orwell*
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
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier*
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien*
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger*
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*
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams*
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*
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini*
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres*
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden*
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne*
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell*
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown*
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
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert*
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
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens*
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley*
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*
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov*
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold*
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac*
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding*
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie*
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens*
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker*
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett*
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson*
75. Ulysses - James Joyce*
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath*
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome (wow, not since I was a child! I didn’t know it was a classic)
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*
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-Exupery*
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
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare*
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Seriously, shouldn't I get some sort of award for OWNING such a large percentage of these books and realizing their worth as literature? *sigh* Guess not, was worth a try.

Sep 14, 2008

The Sunday Salon - Lazy Day

The Sunday Salon.comI have had a very lazy day today. I slept until almost noon, mostly just because I felt like it. Do you ever do that? After I finally decided to get up I read in bed for a little while. I was reading The Lady and the Unicorn. I am reading it to participate in the Dark and Stormy Book Club. In this novel Tracy Chevalier weaves together fact and fiction to tell the fictional story behind some very real tapestries. The club will be "meeting" in just an hours time, so hopefully I can get this post done in time!

Little is known about the origins of the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. They have become iconic in the world of tapestries but it is known that they were
made for the Le Viste family which is evident by the coat of arms represented in the tapestry itself. Chevalier did a lot of research in order to weave together the possibilities of fact and fiction.

In the Acknowledgments and Notes of the book Chevalier shares some of her process in the creation of the novel. She outlines the background information more extensively on her site.

In the story she explains how each of the tapestries is connected with one of the five senses. The final one is called "My Heart's Desire."






A Mon Seul Desir

I love it when fiction is set to a historical context. I love reading possible stories behind the creation of artistic pieces. I think they promote interest in new areas and personal research. I love seeing exactly where fact ends and fiction begins. Do you like stories like this?
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