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( Mar. 21st, 2009 08:05 am)
I will bold the ones I have read. Most of which I had to read for one of my English courses and I still own a copy.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien*
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman**
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne - Totally did research paper on AA Milne & Winnie the Pooh for AP English
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger --Own like two copies of this book!
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy --Barely remember any of this book!
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell --I cried like little baby reading this.
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky --Wanted to die.
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake- cracktastically awesome
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac --He was seriously on sleep deprivation and drugs when he wrote this, and you can tell. (No, really. Sleep deprivation and drugs.)
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

39/100 --> I think. Recount later.
*Fi, I have it in a huge anthology in my room entitled "The Lord of the Rings." I guess it is one book. lol.
**Dunno how they managed this one...
Sooo... I have to go to [livejournal.com profile] druidspell's journal at least once a week, because my friends page takes it in spells to not display her new messages. If I don't see one from her during the week, I check it. Just in case. (I also sometimes do this with other people's lj's, as needed.) I was back browsing, as she hasn't posted recently (*cough*), and I found the Covert Bingo Gamepiece. The first time I saw it, I just looked at it and went on browsing my f-page. I'm exhausted to the point of inability to think (yes, it is only 4:30 in the afternoon), and so that means no posting until after I take a nice long bath and drink a shit-load of fluids. Thus, I'm going to check off my gamepieces. (Sort of.)

And, I play the game )

BTW, Dad and I burned a huge pile of brush today. He brought up the back-hoe and tore up some stumps and tore out some trees. Jason, his brother, and I (though to a lesser extent) scraped the peeling paint from the roof. Tomorrow, we repair one place and paint it.
Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I don't generally buy hardbacks, because I don't have a lot of room left on any of my ten bookshelves. However, any book of an author that I'm collecting (Diana Gabaldon, Laurell K. Hamilton, such on and so forth) I will generally buy in hardback. I absolutely DESPISE when a series goes hardback while I'm in the middle of reading them (*coughKimHarrison'sHollows**haSherrilynKenyon'sDarkHunterchoo*). Mostly, though, I buy used paperbacks from yard sales, used book stores, and random peddlar malls. Unless it is a book that I'm missing from a series, I won't pay more than $1.00 for a non-used bookstore used book. If it is a romance of any kind, I won't pay more than $.50.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Well, I prefer Joseph-Beth. However, now that Borders/Waldenbooks has the Borders Rewards, I generally go there instead. If I'm being completely honest, though, I mostly order my books off of Amazon.com now. And, if I order a book, I always order at least $25 worth to get the free shipping. *shrugs* I'm a book whore. Sorry.

Bookmark or dog-ear?
Dog-earring is EVIL. However, I don't buy bookmarks. I lose them, immediately. I do use random bits of paper torn/found as markers, because I can literally keep a random centimeter of paper longer than an honest-to-gods bookmark.

Amazon or brick and mortar?
I love bookstores. I love the smell, the atmosphere, the browsing, and the adventure. However, I rarely go anymore. Amazon is just easier.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
I alphabetize by author. Then, I put the books in the proper series reading order... except my hardbacks and my school texts. Hardbacks are in order favorite author, then series order. Texts are randomly everywhere, with a small nod to topic.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Throw away? THROW AWAY?! WTF?

I keep books that I like. If I didn't like them, I will attempt to sell them to a used book store for credit. If they are not acceptable to a used bookstore, I donate them to a place like Goodwill or Friends of the Book Cellar.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Okay, I'm with Wendil. "*puzzled* There are people in the world who throw the dust jackets away? Idiots."

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
I take the dust jacket off, place it in the book's spot on the shelf where it is safe, read the book, put the dust jacket back on, and put the book back in its spot.

Short story or novel?

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
I've never read either. However, once the final book is released, I plan to begin the Harry Potter series.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
That really depends. If the book is really good and I don't want to stop despite being tired, I'll bribe myself. "One more chapter, then you have to go to bed."

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
Generally, I read books that are more dark and stormy than happily ever after. I do like books set in the past, though, over contemporary.

Buy or borrow?
Buy... I'm addicted.

New or used?
98% of my books are used books. The new books are predominately those of authors that I absolutely couldn't wait until a used one popped up or books that I receive as gifts.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
I do a lot of watching book lists for titles that look interesting. Then, I will read synopses on them.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Some people take cliffhangers to a new level of piss-me-off. For example, Rachel Caine has five books in a row in a series where the character goes from frying pan to fire to center of volcanic eruption to fiery inferno to hell. That gets annoying. I'll still buy the next book in the series if the last one doesn't end with imminent death and destruction. Promise.

However, the goody-goody endings where the hero rescues the heroine and the heroine gets married to the hero right before she gets pregnant to have two beautiful twin girls... the piss me off too.

I like the middle ground.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
All of the above.

Stand-alone or series?
Most of the time, I go for series. I don't know why. I guess I just fall for characters and want to know what happens after the end. However, I have nothing against standalones.

Favorite series?
Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series

Favorite children's book?
Wombat Stew

Favorite YA book?
The Changeling Sea by Patricia Briggs McKillip (oops)

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Erm. I don't know. Everyone on my friends' list has heard of the books that I love from me, even if they never heard of them before me. Moonshine by Rob Thurman might be one that fewer people have read.

Favorite books read last year?
I'm not sure what books I read what year. I know that I essentially worked my way through Rachel Caine's entire series. Really enjoyed them. Jennifer Armentrout's debut novel was impressive. Rob Thurman's Night Life was a definite last year read, because I got it for Christmas and had read it the day after I opened it. lol.

Favorite books of all time?
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Nightlife and Moonshine by Rob Thurman
Any book by Laurell K. Hamilton
Any book by Kim Harrison
Any book by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Any book by Diana Gabaldon

What are you reading right now?
Right now, I'm resisting the urge to read to try to get other stuff finished.

What are you reading next?
Probably, considering the crap that I'm trying to complete, something fluffy like Katie MacAlister's The Trouble with Harry

Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old?
I would either recommend Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness quartet or Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series.

Favorite book to reread?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon or Elizabeth's Wolf by Lora Leigh

Do you ever smell books?
ESPECIALLY used books!

Do you ever read Primary source documents?
I just finished a research project last semester that required ALL sources to be primary sources fished from the archives. I read Night by Elie Wiesel one night for the hell of it. Otherwise, no.


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