Sunday, March 4, 2007

Book and Movie Meme

Barbara tagged me for this Book and Movie Meme that I have seen going around (and have been secretly avoiding). I, like Barbara, am not a great reader of classic literature. But if she is brave enough to admit it, I guess I am too!

I read quite a bit when I was younger but I am afraid most of it was trash fluff. (Ex... Sweet ______ High ~ Anyone dare to fill in the blank?) My one saving grace it seems, as far as this list is concerned, was the AP English program I took in high school. Thank you Mrs. Griffith, for introducing me to my favorite Gothic romance, but not for making us listen to you read the whole thing out loud with painful British accents. Not when there was such a performance as this to be found!

Books I have read are in green (they are supposed to be in bold) and movies I have seen have an asterisk.

1. Heidi (Johanna Spyri)* ~ long, long ago

2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)* ~ of course! Multiple movie versions! I must confess though that I am a late blooming Janeite.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)* ~ AP English...Hey, Boo.

4. Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)* ~ Frankly my dear...I loved them both.

5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)* ~ all.

6. The Lord of the Rings :Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) * ~ at.

7. The Lord of the Rings : Two Towers (Tolkien) * ~ once.

8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) ~ the movie is on our Blockbuster list

9. Jane Erye (Charlotte Bronte)* ~ AP English ~ I watch the BBC version and read the book at least once a year if not more.

10. Anne of Avonlea (L.M. Montgomery)

11. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) ~ I read it in Europe so I don't remember much of it.

12. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)* ~ I like the Gillian Armstrong version even though I didn't expect to.

13. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)* ~ AP English Thank you Mr. accents!

14. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)*

15. Chariots of Fire (MacArtney) ~ but I used to be able to play the tune on the piano.

16. 1984 (Orwell) ~ AP English

17. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexander Dumas)* ~ with James Caviezel

18. The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)* ~ AP English

19. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)* ~ AP English ~ I remembered Robert Redford but had no idea that was Mia Farrow!

20. War and Peace (Tolstoy) ~ started it once, never finished...big surprise.

21. Quo Vadis (Sienkiewicz)

22. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)

23. The Robe (Douglas)

24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)

25. The Story of a Soul (St. Therese)* ~ I have read The Story of a Family and saw the movie Therese.

I am not sure who has done this one and who hasn't. I know Nutmeg is a big reader and Red Cardigan is too, but consider yourself tagged only if you want to be!


  1. I accept your tag... just so I can make my own post "official" instead of stolen.


  2. You're better read that you think!

  3. You know, kind of looks that way. Thank you for helping me to realize it. The one area I know I can improve is "how" I read. I tend to read for the plot and not for the details. I want to know "what happens next" and that usually means I skip over things like descriptions which can sometimes contain the author's best writing.


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