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I’ve got some fun bookish things to share from the past week. First of all I received a RABCK from ApoloniaX in Germany: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Did you know it is the prototype of the modern detective story in the English language?

But that wasn’t all. I also received my present from velvet’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaway on vvB32 reads. A package with no less than 3 books and some other goodies! A post about that will be up soon, so I’m keeping the exact contents a secret for just a while longer ;)

I also worked some more on Graasland: I added my list of books read in 2001 and published my review of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. The classic is now on its way to another reader in the UK.

Me, I’m off to the suburbs for another release in Bookcrossing Monopoly. Sounds like I’m having a good time, right?

The Sunday Salon is a virtual gathering of booklovers on the web, where they blog about bookish things of the past week, visit each others weblogs, oh — and read ;)

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M03m mentioned that The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of a top list of 100 books. I’ll take up the challenge reprinting the list in my blog so that those people who’ve read only 6 can be tracked down and forced to read our favourites!
Title page of Cloud Atlas signed by author

The rules that I followed…

  1. Look at the list and bold those you have read.
  2. Italicise those you intend to read.
  3. Underline the books you LOVE.
  4. Reprint this list in your own blog.

1 Pride and Prejudice
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 >> part of 2008’s personal challenge!
6 The Bible >> most of it anyway, when I was a kid
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott >> I did read her book Eight Cousins and that was enough…
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller >> it’s on the bookshelf so I’ll probably read it someday
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 >> I’ve started and stopped but plan to try it again someday
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger >> loved it!
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens >> I saw the tv-series… does that count? ;)
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 >> also part of 2008-2009’s personal challenge!
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens >> because of it’s role in John Irving’s The Ciderhouse Rules
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 >> waiting patiently on my bookshelf…
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown >> wouldn’t recommend it though!
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez >> a long, long time ago
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 >> one of my alltime favourites!
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel >> didn’t expect much of it but was possitively surprised!
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 I especially recommend the audiobook read by Jeremy Irons…
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
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 >> of course: Mitchell is one of my favourite authors!
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro >> part of my personal 2008-2009 challenge
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (but saw the movie)
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 >> great book but to say I loved it would be inappropriate…
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams >> several times!
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

That sums up to a total of 37 that I’ve read. Phew, nobody will force their favourite books upon me! But… would that be such a crime?

In 2006 I read 39 books, amounting to a total of 11.762 pages. I put 3 books aside without finishing, all nonfiction. If I’d count the number pages that I did read of these books, my total would pass 12.500!

Glancing over my list you can probably guess what my personal reading challenge was? If not, look again and pay special attention to the bold titles ;)

  • Canal dreams , Iain Banks ( 1989 )
  • Dietrich: mijn moeder ( Marlene Dietrich ) , Maria Riva ( 1992 ) nonfiction (biography); abandoned
  • The kite runner , Khaled Hosseini ( 2003 )
  • The ninth life of Louis Drax , Liz Jensen ( 2004 )
  • The fourth hand , John Irving ( 2001 )
  • Driedaagse reis ( Three day road ) , Joseph Boyden ( 2005 )
  • De Verdieping van Nederland: duizend jaar Nederland aan de hand van topstukken , Koninklijke Bibliotheek en Nationaal Archief ( [2005] ) nonfiction
  • Not on the label , Felicity Lawrence ( 2004 ) nonfiction; abandoned
  • Een verhaal dat het leven moet veranderen , Hans Goedkoop ( 2004 ) nonfiction
  • A traitor to memory , Elizabeth George ( 2001 )
  • After dark ( Afutaa daaku ) , Haruki Murakami ( 2004/2006 )
  • De collectie (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen) , Erik Beenker ( 2005 ) nonfiction
  • Black Swan Green , David Mitchell ( 2006 )
  • The tattooed map , Barbara Hodgson ( 1995 )
  • The man who cast two shadows , Carol O’Connell ( 1995 )
  • Canongebulder , K. Paling ( 2006 ) nonfiction; abandoned
  • Slaughterhouse-Five , Kurt Vonnegut ( 1969 )
  • A dry white season , André Brink ( 1979 )
  • Everything is illuminated , Jonathan Safran Foer ( 2002 )
  • The woman in white , Wilkie Collins ( 1860 )
  • The Great Gatsby , F. Scott Fitzgerald ( 1926 )
  • De grote wereld , Arthur Japin ( 2006 )
  • Brokeback Mountain , Annie Proulx ( 1997 )
  • Ongelukzoekers ( Fools of fortune ) , William Trevor ( 1983 )
  • The Murder Room , P.D. James ( 1983 )
  • Less than zero , Bret Easton Ellis ( 1985 )
  • Lunar Park , Bret Easton Ellis ( 2005 )
  • Dead famous , Ben Elton ( 2001 )
  • Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde , Robert Louis Stevenson ( 1886 )
  • Mary Reilly , Valerie Martin ( 1990 )
  • The third man / The fallen idol , Graham Greene ( 1950 / 1935 )
  • When we were orphans , Kazuo Ishiguro ( 2000 )
  • Hong Kong Souvenir , Lisa Bresner ( 1995 )
  • The night watch , Sarah Waters ( 2006 )
  • A short history of tractors in Ukraïnian , Marina Lewycka ( 2005 )
  • Maps for lost lovers , Nadeem Aslam ( 2004 )
  • Zuidvleugel (Rijksmuseum) , Annemarie Vels Heijn ( 1996 ) nonfiction
  • One flew over the cuckoo’s nest , Ken Kesey ( 1962 )
  • Eight cousins , Louisa May Alcott ( 1875 )
  • On beauty , Zadie Smith ( 2005 )
  • Studio Zes ( Studio Sex ) , Liza Marklund ( 1999 )
  • Seven up , Janet Evanovich ( 2001 )

Although there were several favourite reads, the best by far was Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam. Just beautiful. *sigh* Other highlights: Black Swan Green (of course), The Woman in White, A Dry White Season, Slaughterhouse-Five (!) and The Ninth Life of Louis Drax.

Even though I had seen the movie adaption of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest some 20 years ago, I kept seeing Jack Nicholson while reading the book. (Oh, he’s on the cover, is he? ;) Still, that was a memorable read as well.

Some stats to end with…

Fiction: 35
Nonfiction: 4
Female authors: 15
Male authors: 23
Unknown authors: 1
Dutch authors: 5
Foreign: 34

Next to occupying myself with learning xml, I have been reading a voluminous world classic: Wilkie CollinsThe Woman in White (1860). At page 250 I am now almost halfway (and you wouldn’t believe how small they print those characters!). It’s really very entertaining! The introduction surprised me a bit by revealing part of the the plot — I don’t like to know much about the story but rather let it unfold while reading – but that isn’t too big a deal.

The woman in white isn’t mine to keep: I am participating in a Bookcrossing bookring: Collins’ novel was made available by bookcrosser Taowaki and all reading participants log their experiences with the book in a journal. A real fun way to share a book.

None of my predecessors have mentioned yet what occurred to me quite early in the book: that there are several similarities with Sarah Waters Fingersmith (2002), which I read, and liked, last year. I know Waters practices the skill of writing gothic novels — and the main storyline is definitely different from The Woman in White — but I can’t shake the feeling that there are just too many small comparisons. And I don’t know what to think of that yet… Let’s wait until I have finished reading my book! So I shouldn’t be sitting behind the computer too much ;-)

To be continued…

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