Posted by: Mojo Jojo | March 16, 2007

The Read, The Unread & The Don’t-Wanna-Reads

Ok. Now, let me start by saying that as I’m not a very well-read person, this list is not going to bring me half as much pride as it is going to cause me embarrassment.

If you actually have the patience to go through the list of hundred, you are most likely to notice that the “READ” mark is put on more Harry Potters than Kite Runners. Also, you might notice more “SAW” tags than “READ” ones because I belong to that stray school of thought which believes that a movie should be watched before its book (on which the flick is originally based on) is read.
And the few classics, which I did happen to go through, were forced into me at gunpoint, while I was doing my literature in college.
I bow my head in shame.
But, in keeping with this great tradition of our particular blog community, I have shamelessly reproduced the list with a few minor changes … hope you guys don’t find it completely offending. Ga ha!

Type “READ” beside the ones you’ve read.
Type “WANT TO” beside the ones you’d like to read.
Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.
Type “AGAIN AND AGAIN” beside the ones you could read again and again.
“TRIED” for those books that you’ve tried to read…again and again.
For those books you haven’t heard of “??”
“SAW IT” For those books you shamelessly watched the movie of instead
“YUKK” for those books you ploughed through and wish you hadn’t.
“READ & SAW!” For those books which you read and then had to see (or vice versa)

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) SAW IT
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) READ
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) READ, WATCHED
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) WATCHED
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien) READ & SAW
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) Again and Again READ & SAW
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers Again and Again READ & SAW
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) READ & SAW
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) READ
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix READ
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) ??
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) WANT TO
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone READ AND SAW
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald) ??
18. The Stand (Stephen King) – YUKK
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban READ AND SAW
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) TRIED
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) READ
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) READ
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) WANT TO
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) ??
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) AGAIN AND AGAIN (Movie-YUKK)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) READ
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) READ
34. 1984 (Orwell) READ
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) (NOT BEN JONSON’S PLAY? THEN NO…)
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 (…) READ, SAW
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) READ
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) READ
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) SAW
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) WANT TO
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb) ??
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) ??
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens) READ
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) ??
54. Great Expectations (Dickens) READ
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) READ
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence) ??
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) READ
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough) ??
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) ??
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) ??
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) WANT TO
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) READ, AGAIN AND AGAIN
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy) READ
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice) SAW (But Psceeeechhh!)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis) ??
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) WANT TO
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)??
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) READ
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) SAW
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) ??
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding) SAW
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell) ??
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) SAW
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) READ
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier) ??
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind) ??
85. Emma (Jane Austen) READ (In college)
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) READ
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje) ??
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) READ, SAW
93. The Good Earth(Pearl S. Buck) WANT TO
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) READ, SAW
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) (FEW CHAPTERS HERE ‘N’ THERE)



  1. Who’s your favourite writer?

  2. Douglas Adams. Love him.
    The other one is (oh, you’re going to hate this) Stephen King ;). But really, like the way he writes.
    Then I like Sue Townsend, Edgar Karat, Rand (to an extent)…

  3. Hey..u dint like the Stand?? I thought that was good..

    And goin by what u like, i dont think u will like Marquez that much:-D

  4. @Jimmy
    I read my first Stephen King when I was about twelve and didn’t like him. Tried him again when I was doing my MA at MCC. Still didn’t like him. Tried again in ’96 May on a trip to Kodai when I read about 30 books over a one week period and then again three years ago on a weekend trip to Goa. Obviously I must have tried the wrong books. Have the Shawshank Redemption and am hoping to read it tomorrow on a long flight to Delhi. Maybe, just maybe I’ll change my mind.
    I adore Douglas Adams.
    Ayn Rand – loved Fountainhead, which I read in school ( hidden between the covers of my Math textbook) and was totally taken up with ‘Night of January Sixteenth) Was not too captivated by Atlas Srugged or We, the People.
    I definitely like Adrian Mole:-)
    Edgar Karat – Yes, think he’s awesome. We’re going to hear a lot more of him in the next few years.

    It’s difficult for me to actually decide on favourite writers, but Eliot – definitely number one. Emily Bronte is a close second. Tolkien & Adams keep exchanging positions 3 and 4.


    *no comments* i don’t read these books! 😐

    seen/ read A Walk to Remember(Nicholas Sparks)??

  6. Shain: The Stand? I liked the way King built up the whole story with the epidemic thingy, then formed the two communities of good and bad… but, I DID NOT like the way he ended it. With a stupid bomb that explodes itself in the enemy camp.
    I thought the idea of one page deciding the fate of an eight-hundred-page novel was pretty crappy.

    @ 3inOne: Admittedly, not all of King’s books are good. Stuff like ‘Thinner’ and ‘Cujo’ are proper crap.
    But I like his novellas a lot. Like ‘Shawshank redemption’ and ‘The Body’.

    @ DA: Ohhhhh.. not seen or read ‘A walk to remember’. Am such a loser 😦

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