Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Read Any Good Books Lately?

Recently I saw this meme on several other blogs. I will do a little backtracking here so you can check out some other people's answers. I first saw it on DebR's blog, and she got it from Deb Roby who got it from here....and before that it came from here, here, and here. In there somewhere (!) I got part of this from here.

As you can see, some of these go round and round from one blog to another. I think it's fun to see all the other answers. For me, reading has been something I've always done. I can't imagine a day without reading! When I was in first grade, I got a certificate from my teacher, Miss Nellie Dale Grissom (how's that for memory!!) for having read more books in first grade than any other student. And from there I was off and running....or should I say off and reading!

Now on with the meme. Here are the instructions:
Bold the ones you've read
Italicize the ones you might like to read
• Put question marks - ?? - by any titles and/or authors you've never heard of
• Put an asterisk - * - if you've read a different title by the same author.

Alcott, Louisa May - Little Women
*Allende, Isabel - The House of Spirits
Angelou, Maya - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Atwood, Margaret - Cat's Eye
*Austen, Jane - Emma
??Bambara, Toni Cade - Salt Eaters
??Barnes, Djuna - Nightwood
de Beauvoir, Simone - The Second Sex
Blume, Judy - Are You There God? It's Me Margaret
Burnett, Frances - The Secret Garden
Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily - Wuthering Heights (don't remember whether I actually read this or just saw the movie so many times it seems like I read it!)
Buck, Pearl S. - The Good Earth
??Byatt, A.S. - Possession
Cather, Willa - My Antonia
Chopin, Kate -The Awakening (saw the movie!)
*Christie, Agatha - Murder on the Orient Express
Cisneros, Sandra - The House on Mango Street
Clinton, Hillary Rodham - Living History
??Cooper, Anna Julia - A Voice From the South
Danticat, Edwidge - Breath, Eyes, Memory
Davis, Angela - Women, Culture, and Politics
??Desai, Anita - Clear Light of Day
Dickinson, Emily - Collected Poems (I have this on my bedside table right now and am reading it!)
??Duncan, Lois - I Know What You Did Last Summer
DuMaurier, Daphne - Rebecca
Eliot, George - Middlemarch (I think I read this in school)
??Emecheta, Buchi - Second Class Citizen
??Erdrich, Louise - Tracks
Esquivel, Laura - Like Water for Chocolate
Flagg, Fannie - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Friedan, Betty - The Feminine Mystique
Frank, Anne - Diary of a Young Girl

??Gilman, Charlotte Perkins - The Yellow Wallpaper
??Gordimer, Nadine - July's People
Grafton, Sue - S is for Silence (I don't usually read mysteries anymore. I think I got burnt out on them after overdosing on John D. MacDonald one summer!)
Hamilton, Edith - Mythology (I own this book but have only read parts of it!)
Highsmith, Patricia - The Talented Mr. Ripley
??hooks, bell - Bone Black
Hurston, Zora Neale - Dust Tracks on the Road
??Jacobs, Harriet - Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Jackson, Helen Hunt - Ramona
??Jackson, Shirley - The Haunting of Hill House
Jong, Erica - Fear of Flying
Keene, Carolyn - The Nancy Drew Mysteries (I NEVER read Nancy Drew! I was a Trixie Belden gal!)
Kidd, Sue Monk - The Secret Life of Bees
??Kincaid, Jamaica - Lucy
Kingsolver, Barbara - The Poisonwood Bible
Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior (I own this book, too but have not read it)
??Larsen, Nella - Passing
L'Engle, Madeleine - A Wrinkle in Time
??Le Guin, Ursula K .- The Left Hand of Darkness
Lee, Harper-To Kill a Mockingbird
*Lessing, Doris - The Golden Notebook (I don't remember which one I read but didn't like it!)
??Lively, Penelope - Moon Tiger
??Lorde, Audre - The Cancer Journals
Martin, Ann M. - The Babysitters Club Series (any of them)
McCullers, Carson - The Member of the Wedding
McMillan, Terry - Disappearing Acts
??Markandaya, Kamala - Nectar in a Sieve
??Marshall, Paule - Brown Girl, Brownstones
Mitchell, Margaret - Gone with the Wind (several times!)
Montgomery, Lucy - Anne of Green Gables (I think I've read parts of this.)
??Morgan, Joan - When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost
Morrison, Toni - Song of Solomon
??Murasaki, Lady Shikibu - The Tale of Genji
Munro, Alice - Lives of Girls and Women
Murdoch, Iris - Severed Head (I read something by either Munro or Murdoch many years ago but can't remember which author it was! Obviously it made a huge impression on me!)
Naylor, Gloria - Mama Day
??Niffenegger, Audrey - The Time Traveller's Wife
*Oates, Joyce Carol - We Were the Mulvaneys
*O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find
Piercy, Marge - Woman on the Edge of Time (and several others by her)
??Picoult, Jodi - My Sister's Keeper
Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
Porter, Katharine Anne - Ship of Fools
Proulx, E. Annie - The Shipping News
Rand, Ayn - The Fountainhead
Ray, Rachel - 365: No Repeats (how does a cookbook get in here?)
??Rhys, Jean - Wide Sargasso Sea
??Robinson, Marilynne - Housekeeping (I had not heard of this book but after researching it, it might be an interesting read.)
??Rocha, Sharon - For Lac
Sebold, Alice - The Lovely Bones
Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein
Smith, Betty - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
??Smith, Zadie - White Teeth
Spark, Muriel - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (saw the movie)
Spyri, Johanna - Heidi
Strout, Elizabeth - Amy and Isabelle
Steel, Danielle - The House
Tan, Amy - The Joy Luck Club
??Tannen, Deborah - You're Wearing That
??Ulrich, Laurel - A Midwife's Tale
?Urquhart, Jane - Away
*Walker, Alice - The Temple of My Familiar
Welty, Eudora - One Writer's Beginnings
Wharton, Edith - Age of Innocence (saw the they count!)
Wilder, Laura Ingalls - Little House in the Big Woods
Wollstonecraft, Mary - A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Woolf, Virginia - A Room of One's Own

I hate to admit how many of these I haven't read, and how many of them I haven't heard of....but I do recognize many of the books and authors listed here (maybe because I sold books online for several years) or maybe it's just because I spend a lot of time browsing bookstores! I can spend hours just wandering up and down the aisles, looking at titles, picking a few, and cozying up in a corner to briefly look them over. I absolutely LOVE reading. When I find an author I like, I usually read everything they've written.


  1. How would you describe Marge Piercy's books? I've never read anything by her, but I love the title of her book on the list.

  2. debr - I would say the first word that comes to mind is feminist, and then maybe political. She wrote many of her books during the "women's lib" era. I liked "Braided Lives" and "The Longings of Women"....I read these quite a few years ago.

  3. Wow that is a crazy long list of books!!


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