Books and lists!

You know? I was wondering what to write next and here is the idea! Thanks Dap Dap!

Now this is a note I was tagged on Facebook! The note says that BBC confirms that the majority of people have read only 6 out of the hundred books there are in the following list. Then the note says to put in bold the ones you’ve fully read and in cursive the ones you’ve started to read…at a first sight I had problems because I thought I sucked in this field. There are some of this book that I’ve read at least twice if not four or five times, like “Promessi sposi” or  “Il nome della rosa”!

As a writer I’m aware I don’t read a lot and that I have to work on it….ah, ah, ah work on it!!!! That’s nice….if only I had time…

Now, considering that I’m paranoid enough to feel the more stupid on the world’s surface and to ignore my inner voice that is telling me “Hey do you know that you’ve read loads of books that aren’t even listed in this list?!!”, I’ve decided to divide this list in Books I’ve read once, more than once, started and then the rest….Oh boy I really suck!!!!

I could ask myself which are the criteria used to form this list too…but I still suck!!! There are a lot of classics I’ve never read…even if I wish I could…damn spare time!

Listen, I’ll leave you with the list, free to paste copy and giving me a lesson how it should be a normal reader, and then I go to bury somewhere, maybe with a couple of volumes…..

Original List:

  1. Pride and predjudice  – Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of The rings – JRR Tolkien
  3. The Prophet- Kahlil Gibran
  4. Harry Potter – JK Rowling
  5. Se questo è un uomo – Primo Levi
  6. The Bible
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8. 1984 – George Orwell
  9. I Promessi Sposi – Alessandro Manzoni
  10. La Divina Commedia – Dante Alighieri
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  12. Lessico Familiare – Natalia Ginzburg
  13. Comma 22 – Joseph Heller
  14. Shakespeare’s complete works
  15. Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini – Giorgio Bassani
  16. The  Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  17. Il Nome della Rosa – Umberto Eco
  18. Il Gattopardo – Tommasi di Lampedusa
  19. The Trial –  Franz Kafka
  20. Elective Affinities – Goethe
  21. Gone with the wind – Margaret Mitchell
  22. Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Odyssey – Omero
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  30. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  33. The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  34. Emma – Jane Austen
  35. Cuore – Edmondo de Amicis
  36. La Coscienza di Zeno – Italo Svevo
  37. The kite runner – Khaled Hosseini
  38. Il Mandolino del Capitano Corelli – Louis De Berniere
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  42. Da Vinci Code– Dan Brown
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. Il Barone Rampante – Italo Calvino
  45. Gli Indifferenti – Alberto Moravia
  46. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
  47. I Malavoglia – Giovanni Verga
  48. Il Fu Mattia Pascal – Luigi Pirandello
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  50. Cristo si è fermato ad Eboli – Carlo Levi
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  52. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  53. Don Quixote de la Mancha – Cervantes
  54. The Sorrows of Young Werther – J. W. Goethe
  55. Pinocchio –  Collodi
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57. Siddharta – Hermann Hesse
  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. Jules Maigret – George Simenon
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  65. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  66. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  67. La luna e i Falò – Cesare Pavese
  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. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome
  74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce
  76. The Buddenbroock – Thomas Mann
  77. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  78. Germinal – Emile Zola
  79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  80. Possession – AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  82. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  83. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
  84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  88. The red and the black – Stendhal
  89. 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. All Quiet on the Western Front – Remarque
  95. Un Uomo – Oriana Fallaci
  96. The Catcher in the Rye – Salinger
  97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  100. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo

Book I’ve read once

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. Odyssey – Omero
  3. Emma – Jane Austen
  4. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  5. I Malavoglia – Giovanni Verga
  6. Il Fu Mattia Pascal – Luigi Pirandello
  7. Il Conte di Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  8. The picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  9. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  10. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Book I’ve read more than once

  1. Harry Potter – JK Rowling
  2. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  3. I Promessi Sposi – Alessandro Manzoni
  4. Il Nome della Rosa – Umberto Eco
  5. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  6. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  7. La Coscienza di Zeno – Italo Svevo
  8. Il Barone Rampante – Italo Calvino
  9. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  10. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  11. The Little Prince– Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Book I’ve started

  1. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  2. Se questo è un uomo – Primo Levi
  3. La Divina Commedia – Dante Alighieri
  4. Shakespeare’ complete work
  5. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  6. Da Vinci Code– Dan Brown
  7. Ulysses – James Joyce
  8. Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  9. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

The rest

  1. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  2. The Bible
  3. 1984 – George Orwell
  4. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  5. Lessico Familiare – Natalia Ginzburg
  6. Comma 22 – Joseph Heller
  7. Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini – Giorgio Bassani
  8. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  9. Il Gattopardo – Tommasi di Lampedusa
  10. The trial –  Franz Kafka
  11. Elective Affinities – Goethe
  12. Gone with the wind – Margaret Mitchell
  13. Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  14. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  15. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  16. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  17. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  18. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  19. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  20. The Chronicle of  Narnia – CS Lewis
  21. Cuore – Edmondo de Amicis
  22. The kite runner – Khaled Hosseini
  23. Il Mandolino del Capitano Corelli – Louis De Berniere
  24. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
  25. Animal farm  – George Orwell
  26. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  27. Gli Indifferenti – Alberto Moravia
  28. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
  29. The lord of flies  – William Golding
  30. Cristo si è fermato ad Eboli – Carlo Levi
  31. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  32. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  33. Don Quixote de la Mancha – Cervantes
  34. The Sorrows of Young Werther – J. W. Goethe
  35. Pinocchio –  Collodi
  36. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  37. Siddharta – Hermann Hesse
  38. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  39. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time– Mark Haddon
  40. Love in the time of Colera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  41. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  42. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  43. Jules Maigret – George Simenon
  44. The lovely bones – Alice Sebold
  45. On the road – Jack Kerouac
  46. La luna e i Falò – Cesare Pavese
  47. Bridget Jones’ diary – Helen Fielding
  48. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  49. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  50. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  51. Three Men in a boat – Jerome K. Jerome
  52. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  53. The Buddenbroock – Thomas Mann
  54. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  55. Germinal – Emile Zola
  56. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  57. Possession – AS Byatt
  58. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  59. The purple colour– Alice Walker
  60. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  61. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  62. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  63. The red and the black – Stendhal
  64. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  65. All quiet on the western front – Remarque
  66. Un Uomo – Oriana Fallaci
  67. The Catcher in the Rye – Salinger
  68. The three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  69. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Books

This is my decision. For this year I’ll record every single book I’ll read.

Every technical book about writing I’ve read so far says that it is essential for a writer or aspiring writer read a lot.

Besides, many of them say that they should read more than they write. I agree with that because I’ve realized that since I started to read more my level of English is improved a bit.

As soon as I can I’ll bring some of the hundreds volumes I left in my old room here to Ireland. So I can read in Italian too, because I’m quite forgetting my own language sometimes.

What is sure is that, at the moment, I’m reading only in English because I decided that if I know the language I’ll read the books in the original. This will help me to improve my level of language and to appreciate them better.

For example, let’s consider The Lord of the Rings. I’m aware that is an endless book and more than one gave up in reading it, but I can assure you that in English it is really much better. Ok, if you don’t like fantasy as a genre or the story itself or really detailed descriptions, I guess you won’t like it anyway, but I’m pretty sure when I tell you that the style itself is better than in the Italian translation. At the very beginning it seems a fairy tale that becomes more complicated and darker as the story goes by.

Coming back to my blog, you’ll notice that the first book reviews will be just children books. Why? Because many of that books I was mentioning before say that you should write what you like, but also something you have a good background on.

So, I have to tell that I’ve always loved everything that was fantasy and for children, but what I don’t have is the real basis. I’m learning now that abroad there are more children books and that to them are dedicated loads of structures, that let them read if they want to.

Besides, I have in my mind a huge project about children stories and a book, so I need to read to learn more on the style, vocabulary and create a good background.

When I was young I read The Little Prince, the classic fairy tales and also Salgari, an Italian writer.

Growing up I read the book for my studies and for my personal pleasure.

I’ve always loved read, but to be honest I’ve never read so many children books like I’m doing now! And, even if on a certain point of view I feel too old to read this kind of book, on the other hand it’s a good quality literature. So I was left behind and I want to catch up!

Here and, as far as I know, in all the other countries than Italy there is a huge choice for a kid, not only depending on the age but also in the genre.

For the moment I’m borrowing books from the library. Every single time that I go there I have to enter in the children library which is inside the adult one. Everything is children size and it is there that the little ones can stay and drawing read or study. I haven’t ever seen something like that before. A girl that works with me said that once a week in the library they’re doing a lecture section as well, unbelievable!

The books, like in the adult section, are divided in fantasy, adventure, classics and so on. The same happens in the book shops and I say ALL the book shops, even the smallest. It never happened to me to see something like that.

But I’ve already sorted this out. Every single time I’ll finish a book I’ll do a short review and I hope that children or their parents who’ll happen to read these pages will be curious to read the books as well.

I have to thank for this my dear friend Christina, who had the delicacy and diplomacy to drag me in the library and introduce me to all the children books that will follow. In my wallet I have a list of writers she wrote for me “that’s just as a start!” she said with a smile.

Of course in the meantime I’ll review other books, considering that I cannot possibly read one at a time. I hope to meet the taste of everybody!

Besides, the number of book regarding a genre will vary depending on what I’m writing at the moment.

Anyway what I can say is read! Read! Read! It always helps, like Roald Dahl would have confirmed! And you’ll hear often about him!

Talk to you later!