Friday, May 02, 2008

A List of Books I Have Read

After the comments on Mel's post about that list of 100 Books, I decided to try to come up with my own list of books I have read. This list is in no way all-inclusive, but it does cover the majority of my reading over the last 25 years or so - the major series and my favorite authors included. Of course, I can't remember that many library books that I've borrowed. I am trying to work in more of the "classics", but as my favorite books are 1000 pages, I don't go through books in a week, and definitely not when I'm really stitching.

Anyway, here are the highlights, followed by what's left in my To Be Read basket (the new library can't open soon enough!) - not in any particular order (the order I remembered them, actually :) ):
  1. The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, Bernard Cornwell
  2. The 6 Wives of Henry VIII, Alison Weir
  3. Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
  4. The Princes of Ireland, Edward Rutherfurd
  5. The Last Templar, Raymond Khoury
  6. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
  7. 1776, David McCullough
  8. About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior, Col. David Hackworth
  9. Band of Brothers, Stephen Ambrose
  10. The Winter King, Bernard Cornwell
  11. The Archer’s Tale, Bernard Cornwell
  12. The Enemy of God, Bernard Cornwell
  13. Stonehenge, 2000 B.C.: A Novel, Bernard Cornwell
  14. Pompeii, Robert Harris
  15. All 7 Harry Potter novels, J.K. Rowling
  16. The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory
  17. The Virgin’s Lover, Philippa Gregory
  18. Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, Robin Maxwell
  19. The Wild Irish: A Novel of Elizabeth I & the Pirate O’Malley, Robin Maxwell
  20. The Queen’s Bastard, Robin Maxwell
  21. The Tidal Poole, The Thorne Maze, The Queen’s Cure, The Twylight Tower, The Poyson Garden, Karen Harper
  22. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  23. The Camulod Chronicles (7 books), Jack Whyte
  24. London, Edward Rutherfurd
  25. Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd
  26. The 6 original books in the Dune series, Frank Herbert
  27. House Atreides, Harkonnen, & Corrino, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson
  28. The Guenevere Cycle (3 books), Rosalind Miles
  29. The 7 Books of the Dark Tower Series, Stephen King
  30. Every book Stephen King wrote from Carrie and before Storm of the Century, except The Green Mile.
  31. Every book by Anne Rice in the Vampire Chronicles except the last, Blood Canticle, and the Mayfair Witches; Cry to Heaven; Exit to Eden; Belinda; and one of my favorites, The Mummy: or Ramses the Damned
  32. The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein
  33. The Outlander series (6 to date), Diana Gabaldon
  34. Lord John and the Private Matter, Diana Gabaldon
  35. Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
  36. The first 4 books of the Earth’s Children series, Jean M. Auel
  37. The Ender series, Ender’s Game through Shadow of the Hegemon, Orson Scott Card
  38. The Alvin Maker series (6 books), Orson Scott Card
  39. Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus, Orson Scott Card
  40. The Homecoming Saga (5 books), Orson Scott Card
  41. A group of the Xanth books, Piers Anthony
  42. The Belgariad series (I think I read 7 of 8), David (and Leigh) Eddings
  43. The Malloreon series (5 books), David Eddings
  44. The Elenium series (3 books), David Eddings
  45. The Tamuli series (3 books), David Eddings
  46. Animal Farm, George Orwell (quite possibly the book I hated the most, ever)
  47. A Separate Peace, John Knowles
  48. The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown
  49. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
  50. Several Patricia Corwell books – Postmortem through The Body Farm
  51. Several Clive Cussler books in the Dirk Pitt group – Sahara, Shock Wave, Inca Gold
  52. The Odyssey, Homer (3 times – once was enough)
  53. Beowulf, unknown
  54. Memoirs of Cleopatra, Margaret George
  55. The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Margaret George
  56. Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, Margaret George
  57. Night, Eli Wiesel
  58. Shield of Three Lions, Pamela Kaufman
  59. Maia, Richard Adams
  60. Aztec & Aztec Autumn, Gary Jennings
  61. The Journeyer, Gary Jennings
  62. Raptor, Gary Jennings
  63. The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank
  64. Mexico and Hawaii, James Michener
  65. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  66. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle – one of my all-time favorites!
  67. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis. I read to the boys most of the one that precedes this one, too, though they lost interest, so I quit.
  68. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  69. The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, and That Was Then, This is Now, S.E. Hinton
  70. Several of those Flowers in Attic books by V.C. Andrews
  71. Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath, and Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
  72. From Shakespeare, I have read these completely: Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Hamlet, and I think one other. I have also read excerpts from many others, and/or seen them performed.
  73. Birds of Prey, River God, and Blue Horizon, Wilbur Smith
  74. Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (I hate Dickens)
  75. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough
  76. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCort (this was a HUGE piece of self-indulgent crap)
  77. I, Elizabeth, Elizabeth Jenkins
  78. A Love Never Forgotten, Samir Garib (the kid from Bosnia that works with my DH)
  79. The Life of Elizabeth I, Alison Weir
  80. A LOT of the Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys mysteries, when they were re-released in the late 70’s, early 80’s in the hardback w/yellow spines – my sister bought the complete sets of both, and lost them when her ex caught the garage on fire, where they were stored.
  81. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
  82. The entire Necroscope series (13 books), Brain Lumley

In The To Be Read Basket:

  1. The Queen’s Fool, Philippa Gregory
  2. The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory
  3. The Rebels of Ireland, Edward Rutherfurd
  4. The Forest, Edward Rutherfurd
  5. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  6. I, Elizabeth, Rosalind Miles
  7. The Children of Henry VIII, Alison Weir
  8. Innocent Traitor, Alison Weir
  9. Codex, Lev Grossman
  10. Lords of the North, Bernard Cornwell

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