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December 19th, 2010

Let's See

by Madeleine Rex

I saw this list on Bookish in a Box and was immediately curious how many of these classics I have read. So, because it’s interesting and because it’s an easy post, the list follows. The books I’ve read once are in bold, the books I’ve read more than once are in bold and underlined, the books I’ve started but never finished are in italics, and there are * next to the ones I own (** if I own more than one copy!).

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen**
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*
6. The Bible*
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*
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy*
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien*
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell*
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
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
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll*
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame*
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy*
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
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
40. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell*
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
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
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’s 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 Inferno – Dante
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
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguri
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. 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
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
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

So, I’ve read all of 21 (4 of which I’ve read twice), I’ve read part of 4, and I own 30 (more than one copy of 3). Not bad, but I definitely have some work to do!

I’d love to see others do this! It’s fun!

Happy Holidays!

August 27th, 2010

Re-Post: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins; Review

by Madeleine Rex

You know how I love words and love talking and writing with said words? Well, sometimes they fail me, too. Occasionally, I find myself so overwhelmed that I simply cannot string together enough sensible sentences to make my point. So is the case with Mockingjay, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy.

I got the book at midnight and finished it at nine-ish in the morning (my aunt read out loud a majority of the time). Afterward, I was so insanely tired and shocked/depressed (it’s over!). The bafflement has yet to wear off. Luckily for me, Alex at Tales of a Teenage Book Lover (he’s fourteen, too! Go fourteen-year-olds!) posted a review that astounded me. He said precisely what I wanted to say in the words I couldn’t find. What follows is his review. Comments are closed to this post because they’re due to him. His post is here, so comment there if you’d like.

Without further ado, my thoughts in Alex’s words:

Mockingjay Review:

Perhaps my hopes were too high. Perhaps I had become so attached to the characters that I couldn’t stand to see them change so rapidly. Perhaps I didn’t like being in such a dark atmosphere, not that these books were ever light. I don’t know what the problem was for me, but whatever it was, it made Mockingjay a let down.

Don’t get me wrong, I still loved it to pieces. But I was just expecting so much from this book and, frankly, I didn’t get it. Katniss, who was once so strong was so depressing and unstable in this book that it was hard to read a book from her perspective since it put you in such a dark place. Peeta, one of my favorite characters I have ever read, upset me also. So did Gale, who I’m still not sure if I like or not.

Though Suzanne Collins is probably one of the most talented writers the world has ever seen, her writing in this book disappointed me. It still had the incredible cliffhangers, and the fantastic society, but there was something missing this time around. Whenever something exciting happened, you never got to see it firsthand. It was always a blackout and you were told what happened later on. I wanted to be right in the action, but instead it was as though I slept through it.

You are invited into a whole new world in Mockingjay. It is both similar to the one we got to experience in the previous novels, and so very different. War is all around you, and it is definitely not something that is fun to read. But when is war ever really fun?

Another problem I had with this stunning novel was the pacing. It was perfectly paced until the end. Then it was like this: BAM! What just happened? Again, you are in the dark when most of the action is taking place and are told what happened later on. And the changes the characters go through at the end are sort of unbelievable.

I really don’t know how to say it. This is still one of the best book ever written, but my- and the rest of the world’s expectations were so high that when what I wanted wasn’t delivered, it upset me. I know this is how it should have played out, however, which is another reason I am so conflicted.

I guess all I can say now is please, please read this incredible trilogy, because these books are some of the best on the planet. You are in a startling new world in which you want to live in every second, while wanting to escape at the same time. It saddens me that this will be the last sentence of commentary I get to write on these books, but I will say that they are perfect in every possible way.

And there you are! My thoughts exactly.

If you’re wondering, I rated Mockingjay a 5/5 because although I was disappointed, it still seemed to deserve the adjective “amazing.” I will not be reviewing the book, but I will post a an extremely spoiler-y post in a month or so. Read it only if you’ve read the book or care nothing about it (in which case you wouldn’t read anyway).

And Monday I promise a post from me!

June 24th, 2010


by Madeleine Rex

Time To Register For Book Blog Appreciation Week – It’s Three Months Away!


See what I did there? Pretty clever, huh?


Anyway, BBAW is approaching. I’m eager to really participate this year. Last year, I’d just started blogging. I felt like I’d committed virtual suicide. In fact, if you want to get a clearer sense of my bamboozled state, read here.

Actually, I find it quite fortunate that my blogiversary will take place alongside BBAW. Giveaways will be spectacular at that time of year!

This year, BBAW is switching it up a bit. Bloggers are supposed to nominate themselves for the various awards. So, I’m warning you, the remainder of this post might sound kind of cocky. It’s not my decision!

I’m nominating Wordbird for Best YA Book Blog (although I review other things as well), Best New Blog, and Best Written Book Blog. They’re all long-shots, but I couldn’t convince myself that there was real cause not to try!

Per instruction, I must list five posts for every category. Three of which have to be reviews. The final two are whatever I’d like them to be. (In the case of Best New Blog, two reviews are required.)

Best YA Book Blog:


Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick; Review

Looking For Alaska by John Green; Review

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick; Review

Other Posts:

I Love You Despite My Original Intention to Kill You

The Mutants Want to Read, Too

Best Written Book Blog:


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; Review

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick; Review

An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan; Review

Other Posts:

“Mornin’, Character. How d’you like your coffee?”

Dear Writers, Respect YA

Best New Blog:


The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton; Review

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow; Review

Other Posts:

20 Things to Say

Don’t You Dare Rain on My Parade!


Goodness. Collecting those posts was highly stressful and surprisingly difficult! Glad that’s over.

Thanks to everyone who’s been reading these past months! I appreciate your feedback and views, and I’m grateful especially for the friends I’ve made! My life has changed radically since I created Wordbird last September. More on that on my blogiversary!

Happy Summer!

P.S. Please excuse the onslaught of exclamation points. (!)