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BBC booklist game

I took borrowed  this game from LibrarysCat at http://libraryscatbooks.blogspot.com/201`0/11/sunday-sidelines.html.  Go give her some love. Anyway, if you’ve been on FaceBook anytime in the past year or so, you’ve played this game. I thought it was cute then and wanted to post it on my blog since this is a blog about books, right?

Instructions:

•Copy this list.
•Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
•Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.
•Tag other book nerds.

Here is the list.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee on tap for January
The King James Bible
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) – George Orwell
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Emma -Jane Austen
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Dune – Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Inferno – Dante
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Germinal – Emile Zola
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession – AS Byatt
Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
IN FRENCH NO LESS

I will say that this is not a complete list, nor is it any indication of my BEST reads. I think it’s just an indication of pop fiction. So, all in all, I’ve read approximately 40 of these books. I didn’t count the books I started and didn’t finish. Which if i did would prolly be around 50 or so. PLUS I think I should get extra points for reading Les Mis in French, so add 2 points. Plus, I read The Little Prince in French also, so add another 2 points for that. Anyone who has FINISHED The Bible should get an automatic 20 points.

Tag me if you decide to play along. Tag me if you don’t.

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The Silver Chair by CS Lewis

I’ll admit that lately I’ve rediscovered my love of all things Narnia.  I’ve watched the movies countless times and have taken to rereading the series.  As I make my way through the series, I noticed several things: #1 that I don’t remember getting past The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a child and #2 that depending on who you talk to, the books are numbered differently, which bothers me. The edition of The Silver Chair that I have (which was purchased at a thrift store, incidentally) is labeled as Book 4 (out of 7) in the series.  Other editions list it as Book 5. But that, as they say, is another blog post, right?

But anyway, I enjoyed the Silver Chair, probably more than The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, mostly because I found the Dawn Treader’s adventures rather odd with the invisible hopping creatures.  The Silver Chair’s escapades, however, I found to be less fantastic although I’m not sure why. I think it’s because we are reunited with Caspian who was in two previous stories.

The Silver Chair reunites us with Eustace and a new friend, Jill as they embark on their journey as dictated by Aslan the Lion.  I think one of the main reasons I neglected to finish the series when I was younger is that I found it too preachy.  I have no problem with stories that teach a lesson but this sort of underlying end of day’s salvation lesson can be off-putting at times.  If I were, however, studying it for its religious overtones, I think it would make a great study.

I am, of course, disappointed that there is no multicultural value to this series.  To be sure, one of the main characters is a girl, but she is neither of an ethnic descent nor provides any other diverse qualities.  I assume this is because of the period in which it was written.

I give this book 2 paws but feel like I should give it more because it is considered a classic.  I just wish it were more ethnically diverse.

Have you read it? What are your thoughts about it or the series or CS Lewis?