Borders 100 Favourite Books- Part Two

As promised last night – here is the second of three parts of Borders 100 Favourite Books.

To refresh you on the legend:

bold – read    italics – intending to read   * – own the book


36.       Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin

37.       Tomorrow, When The War Began – John Marsden

38.       Angela’s Ashes – Frank Mccourt

39.       Dune – Frank Herbert

40.       Catcher In The Rye – J. D. Salinger

41.       Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

42.       One Hundred Years Of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

43.       April Fool’s Day – Bryce Courtenay

44.       Pillars Of The Earth – Ken Follett

45.       Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer – Patrick Suskind

46.       Ice Station – Matthew Reilly

47.       Shadow Of The Wind – Ruiz Zaf

48.       Briefer History Of Time – Stephen Hawking

49.       Eragon – Christopher Paolini

50.       Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

51.       Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man And Life’s Greatest Lesson – Mitch Albom

52.       Persuasion – Jane Austen

53.       Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

54.       Atonement – Ian Mcewan

55.       * Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

56.       Animal Farm – George Orwell

57.       Clockwork Orange: Play With Music – Anthony Burgess

58.       Little Prince And Letter To A Hostage – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

59.       Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

60.       Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

61.       Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

62.       Really Short History Of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

63.       Crime And Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

64.       Lion Called Christian – Anthony Bourke and others

65.       God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

66.       Tully – Paullina Simons

67.       Time To Kill – John Grisham

68.       Marley And Me: Life And Love With The World’s Worst Dog – John Grogan

69.       Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

70.       Count Of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

13/35    accumulating total   22/70

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Borders 100 Favourite Books – Part 1

It seems somehow appropriate that my return to blogging for 2010 is a book list. We had so much fun with lists a few years ago. This list is Borders 100 Favourite Books, taken from a popular poll last year. It seems to have a good mix of classics, literature and popular fiction and I was excited as I read through the five pages of books, to have read a couple on each page.

Across the next two days I will post parts 2 and 3, as it is a bit time consuming to sit and transcribe the entire list in one sitting. Without further ado – here is the coding.

Bold – read   Italics – intend to read * – own

  1. Pride And Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  3. Lord Of The Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
  4. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  5. Twilight Saga Collection – Stephenie Meyer
  6. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
  7. Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  8. * Book Thief – Markus Zusak (currently reading!)
  9. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  10. Magician – Raymond E. Feist (all time favourite)
  11. Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
  12. Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons
  13. Shantaram: A Novel – Gregory David Roberts
  14. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  15. Power Of One – Bryce Courtenay
  16. Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  17. Angels And Demons – Dan Brown
  18. Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  19. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  20. Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
  21. Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini 
  22. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  23. Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden
  24. Anne Of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
  25. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  26. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
  27. Niv Mass Market Bible With Bible Guide – International Bible Society
  28. Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
  29. Life Of Pi – Yann Martel
  30. Fortunate Life – A. B. Facey
  31. Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  32. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland And Through The Looking-Glass: And What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  33. Cross Stitch – Diana Gabaldon
  34. Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  35. 35.  A Child Called ‘It’: One Child’s Courage To Survive – Dave Pelzer

Final count: 9/35

How many can you count?

If you post this list to your blog please acknowledge this blog post, and honour the time and effort which went into transcribing this list from the original.

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#76 Wrong Fiction

I am a sucker for the bargain book tables. As fate would have it, being Christmas, there is another one in our local shopping centre. Amid the interesting books, and the good books there is lots of crap. As if Neighbours wasn’t trashy enough? It has been discounted twice – I reckon you couldn’t actually give them away for free. Some books just don’t deserve any sort of home other than the dumpster.

#18 Manuscripts cake and conversation


Today was my writing group. We only meet every month so it is a big thing. As you can see from the array of food on offer the empty collection of pretty plates, it is as much about food as it is conversation, critique, books and writing.

It’s my reality check for the month. I’m determined next month I’m taking a good simple narrative along with me. No more weird, first draft sci-fi, spec-fic, urban fantasy stuff. Part of me wishes I had have taken Taping Lydia with me instead of my Fourth Fiction writings to date.

While I’m good on the small picture stuff, I really suck at the big picture (despite the fact I have it all in my head). So now the plan is to begin working the big picture into my writing. Looks like there is far more work ahead for my still un-named Fourth Fiction novella if it’s going to be up to scratch to submit along with the other work for Long Short Stories.

#3 Finishing


Today we went to the beach and I goofed around trying to take artsy photos of my feet disappearing in the sand, of the waves dribbling in and all of that.  But today was really marked by finishing The Time Travellers Wife for the second time.

In this picture I’m sitting at a picnic table by the beach reading (and trying hard not to cry in public because it might be OK to laugh out loud on a Melbourne train while reading a Nick Earls book, but there is probably something creepy about bawling your eyes out while reading in a public space) with the onshore breeze cooling my damp bikinis (and equally damp dress) while Dylan played on some play equipment. We’d not long gathered all of our stuff from the beach, where we’d been lying in the shade of a huge tree and frolicking in the sea.

I can’t remember the last time I read a book on (or near) the beach.  Bliss!

Angus and Robertson’s Top 100 Books

Last year Paul Anderson and I got wrapped up in book lists – exploring the Waterstone’s Toast of the Century, the 106 books considered literary ornaments, as well a the 1001 Book You Must Read Before You Die. At the time I felt a little miffed. The lists were either American or English. What did Aussies think about books?

Angus and Robertson released last October (after the flurry of book lists had subsided in our blogspheres) their 100 Most Popular Books – compiled from 26,000 public votes here in Australia.

The list follows along with the books I have read in bold and the books on my to read list in italics? Here’s hoping I can fare better here than on the other lists.

1 Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

2 Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

3 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

4 The Obernewtyn Chronicles – Isobelle Carmody

5 My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

6 To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

7 The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

8 Breath – Tim Winton

9 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

10 Break No Bones – Kathy Reichs

11 The Power Of One – Bryce Courtenay

12 Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

13 Magician – Raymond E. Feist

14 The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons

15 Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin

16 Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden

17 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

18 Cross – James Patterson

19 Persuasion – Jane Austen

20 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

21 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

22 The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

23 Marley and Me – John Grogan

24 Antony and Cleopatra – Colleen McCullough

25 April Fools Day – Bryce Courtney

26 North & South – Elizabeth Gaskell

27 In My Skin – Kate Holden

28 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

29 A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

30 The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory

31 Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult

32 Atonement – Ian McEwan

33 Shantaram Gregory – David Roberts

34 Pillars Of The Earth – Ken Follett

35 The Pact – Jodi Picoult

36 Ice Station – Matthew Reilly

37 Cloudstreet – Tim Winton

38 Jessica – Bryce Courtenay

39 A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle

40 The Princess Bride – William Goldman

41 Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs

42 Anybody Out There? – Marian Keyes

43 Life Of Pi – Yann Martel

44 Seven Ancient Wonders – Matthew Reilly

45 People Of The Book – Geraldine Brooks

46 Six Sacred Stones – Matthew Reilly

47 Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards

48 Brother Odd – Dean Koontz

49 Tully – Paullina Simons

50 Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

51 The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger

52 Eragon – Christopher Paolini

53 Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
54 It’s Not About The Bike – Lance Armstrong

55 A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

56 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

57 The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

58 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

59 A Fortunate Life – A.B. Facey

60 The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley

61 The Notebook -Nicholas Sparks

62 Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen

63 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

64 The Host – Stephenie Meyer

65 Dirt Music – Tim Winton

66 Eldest – Christopher Paolini

67 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

68 It – Stephen King

69 World Without End – Ken Follett

70 Emma – Jane Austen

71 Temple – Matthew Reilly

72 Little Women – Alcott Louisa May

73 Lean Mean Thirteen – Janet Evanovich

74 Scarecrow – Matthew Reilly

75 American Gods – Neil Gaiman

76 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

77 P.S, I Love You – Cecelia Ahern

78 All That Remains – Patricia Cornwell

79 The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

80 Past Secrets – Cathy Kelly

81 The Persimmon Tree – Bryce Courtenay

82 Husband – Dean Koontz

83 Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult

84 Wicked – Gregory Maguire

85 Spot Of Bother – Mark Haddon

86 Always And Forever – Cathy Kelly

87 The Road – Cormac McCarthy

88 Cents & Sensibility – Maggie Alderson

89 Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris

90 The Shifting Fog – Kate Morton

91 We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

92 Everyone Worth Knowing – Lauren Weisberger

93 Hour Game – David Baldacci

94 Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Jeff Lindsay

95 The Woods – Harlan Coben

96 Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

97 Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

98 Scar Tissue – Anthony Kiedis

99 Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

100 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

Even on a list of “popular books” I still don’t fare too well.  Is there a list somewhere I might actually cross a few more off – 12 read and 12 to read for this one.  I guess if I was a huge fan of someone like Jodi Piccoult then I might have ben able to cross more off on this list.  Granted it’s a list from “popular vote” … but still. I consult one list and feel “not high brow” enough and consult another and feel “too high brow.”

The upside of this list is A&R now have shelf section in every store dedicated to the 100 books which meant I was able to the first time purchase a copy of The Time Travellers Wife and can’t wait for September when I’ve penciled it in to enjoy during Mercury Retrograde.

How many books have you read on this list or intend to read?

Lifeline Bookfest Redux

Because once is never enough, we were back at the Lifeline Bookfest again today.  The bonuses being:

  1. I actually went in there to enjoy browsing (rather than having an hour tacked onto the end of Dave’s three hours browsing and my three hours of entertaining Dylan)
  2. It was the last day so hardly anyone was there
  3. Because it was the last day there were bargain galore – 1/2 price in the high quality section and $10 bags in the mid priced section.

My combined effort on the fiction front (and this is the first trip where my fiction purchases have outnumbered my non fiction purchses – yes the shift is happening!) are

pile-of-booksMy Beautiful Friend Venero Armano
Behind the Scenes at the Museum Kate Atkinson
One Richard Bach
The Forests of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley
Sahara Clive Cussler
Bachelor Kisses Nick Earls
Head Games Nick Earls
The Bride Stripped Bare Anonymous/Nikki Gemmel
Shiver Nikki Gemmel
Lord of the Flies William Golding
Lovers’ Knots Marion Halligan
Skinny Dip Carl Hiaasen
Lightning Dean Koontz
Quiver Tobsha Lerner
Leaning Towards Infinity Sue Woolfe
The Secret Cure Sue Woolfe

The two books by Sue Woolfe were the the find of the fest though.  I have been looking for them in the local bookstores and have been unable to find them (they’re on the special order list) and as an impulse book buyer – special order goes against my purchasing philosophies. To find not just one, but two, was a blessing.

The Marion Halligan book looks interesting.  She is an Australia writer (as in Venero [Veny] Amarno, Nick Earles, Nikki Gemmel and Sue Woolfe!) It was the only book I picked up and kept as an unknown writer to me.  I am certain she is the same “Marion” my writing friends were talking about at our last meeting – but maybe I’m wrong.

I was pleased to discover Quiver by Tobsha Lerner is 12 interlaced short stories.  I read her book The Witch of Colgna and after writing the article at Write Anything on writing sex scenes, I’ve been keen to get some of her erotic fiction. Paul commented earlier tonight if I wished I had written all the 10 stories in Chinese Whisperings … given the idea for the anthology seeded from my desire to write my NaNo project as interwoven short stories in 2007 but Iwas afraid I wasn’t up to the task.  And the idea never went away. Now I’m seriously contemplating it for NaNo 09, so will be reading Quiver with much anticipation to see how one writer achieves it.

The Forests of Avalon is an anomaly of a book.  It was first printed as The Forest House (and this is the version I read ten years ago). It was reprinted as The Forests of Avalon No wonder I was totally bamboozled trying to track down Forest House. I’ve now discovered that The Priestess of Avalon which I picked up and then put down again is a different book.  Oh well. I bought Forests… for the wedding scene – to refresh my memory for something I want to insert into a short story (currently unnamed) I am working on. Now I’m wondering if it was in The Priestess of Avalon – well obviously only one way to find out.

With 14 books there – I have guaranteed reading for the next seven months at this rate … not counting the pile of books already on my night stand.

(1000 words a day: I’ve just made it over again today between my two blog postings here and the additional bits written for my Type A Mom article.  Tomorrow I can go and play fiction!)