25 May 2008

Some Books I've Read

I was looking at LibraryThing's list of their top 1000 books. I've read several of them. (Though I prefer Shelfari to LibraryThing. They just don't have the crazy stats lists that Library Thing does.) The inital number is the book's rank. The trailing number is how many people read list it.

1. Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone by J.K. Rowling (24,861)
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (23,388)
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (22,160)
4.# Harry Potter and the goblet of fire by J.K. Rowling (21,220)
5.# Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (21,203)
6.# Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (21,148)
8.# The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (16,236)
9.# 1984 by George Orwell (15,250)
15.# The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (12,039)
19.# Brave new world by Aldous Huxley (10,227)
20.# Animal farm : a fairy story by George Orwell (10,105)
22.# Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (9,872)
24.# Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (9,614)
26.# The fellowship of the ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (9,570)
28.# The two towers : being the second part of The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (9,037)
33.# The return of the king : being the third part of The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (8,681)
36.# The chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (8,317)
39.# Ender's game by Orson Scott Card (7,766)
45.# The adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (7,338)
62.# A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle (6,569)
63.# The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (6,540)
64.# Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (6,448)
79.# Hamlet by William Shakespeare (5,693)
118.# The secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (4,839)
141.# The mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (4,398)
150.# The diary of a young girl by Anne Frank (4,275)
154.# The magician's nephew by C. S. Lewis (4,242)
164.# Charlotte's web by E. B. White (4,182)
172.# A brief history of time : from the big bang to black holes by Stephen Hawking (4,079)
173.# Macbeth by William Shakespeare (4,051)
174.# The adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (4,027)
177.# Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell (4,005)
180.# Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (3,936)
186.# Gulliver's travels by Jonathan Swift (3,852)
188.# Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (3,840)
192.# The horse and his boy by C. S. Lewis (3,780)
201.# Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (3,689)
205.# The voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (3,653)
207.# Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (3,643)
208.# Speaker for the dead by Orson Scott Card (3,630)
209.# Jurassic Park : a novel by Michael Crichton (3,607)
211.# The art of war by Sun Tzu (3,595)
215.# The silver chair by C. S. Lewis (3,553)
220.# Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (3,508)
222.# The color purple : a novel by Alice Walker (3,494)
252.# Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl (3,262)
265.# The eye of the world by Robert Jordan (3,186)
272.# Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (3,076)
282.# The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (2,966)
302.# The other Boleyn girl by Philippa Gregory (2,858)
310.# The Communist manifesto by Karl Marx (2,834)
327.# A swiftly tilting planet by Madeleine L'Engle (2,738)
328.# Ender's shadow by Orson Scott Card (2,734)
331.# Xenocide by Orson Scott Card (2,728)
338.# Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (2,695)
342.# A wind in the door by Madeleine L'Engle (2,677)
364.# Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein (2,589)
396.# The wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (2,498)
399.# The dragon reborn by Robert Jordan (2,479)
401.# The good earth by Pearl S. Buck (2,475)
402.# The shadow rising by Robert Jordan (2,469)
407.# Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (2,447)
430.# Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (2,447)
431.# Uncle Tom's cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (2,371)
440.# Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak (2,347)
466.# The clan of the cave bear by Jean M. Auel (2,244)
475.# A crown of swords by Robert Jordan (2,230)
506.# The complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm (2,130)
526.# Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (2,083)
529.# The lost world : a novel by Michael Crichton (2,078)
543.# And then there were none by Agatha Christie (2,053)
553.# Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (2,025)
608.# Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (1,922)
612.# Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card (1,916)
622.# Fantastic beasts and where to find them by J.K. Rowling (1,897)
626.# A light in the attic by Shel Silverstein (1,883)
644.# The call of the wild by Jack London (1,856)
649.# Little house on the prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1,850)
651.# Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (1,849)
654.# Anne of the island by L.M. Montgomery (1,843)
656.# Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (1,839)
664.# Girl, interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (1,825)
670.# Little house in the big woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1,817)
676.# The assassin's apprentice by Robin Hobb (1,812)
715.# The giving tree by Shel Silverstein (1,737)
725.# Wizard's first rule by Terry Goodkind (1,724)
769.# Heidi by Johanna Spyri (1,657)
776.# Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey (1,646)
790.# Green eggs and ham by Dr. Seuss (1,633)
804.# The valley of horses : a novel by Jean M. Auel (1,618)
815.# Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey (1,600)
824.# The white dragon by Anne McCaffrey (1,587)
852.# The sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (1,546)
876.# The Hobbit ; [and], The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (1,525)
886.# Where the red fern grows; the story of two dogs and a boy by Wilson Rawls (1,517)
887.# Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey (1,516)
913.# The cat in the hat by Dr. Seuss (1,481)
916.# The witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1,478)
925.# The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (1,467)
938.# Goodnight moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1,458)
952.# Anne's house of dreams by L.M. Montgomery (1,449)
968.# Charlie and the great glass elevator by Roald Dahl (1,434)
979.# Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey (1,420)

Whew! That's a longer list than I'd anticipated! There's some fun books on there. Also, some books that I'd forgotten that were best forgotten. Guess you can't win them all.

I was amazed to see Moby Dick on the list. I tried to read that once, but I never finished it, so it's not on my list. It was not something that I enjoyed at all. If the classics are "classic" because people keep reading them and liking them, then that one puzzles me a lot. On the other hand, I may go find The Good Earth again. That I remember being a good book, but I don't remember exactly what it was about.


chou said...

Wow! Your library must love you.

Ritsumei said...

naw.... Lots of those are books I read in school, and I'm terrible about the fines. But they don't throw me out either.


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