Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: Have you read these books?

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Have you read these books?

Danielle at A Work in Progress asked how many of these books we've read. So here's what I've read and not read:

The Bible (Old and New Testament--King James Version)
I've read most of the bible, but not all of it and only selected passages in the King James Version. Interestingly there are a lot of familiar passages which I've read in a whole range of editions, but never in the King James.

Bulfinch's Mythology (or any other accounts of the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths)
I love Greek, Roman and  Norse mythology (and any other mythology come to mention it). This has resulted in me having plenty of books retelling the stories or explaining the myths- most of these I have actually read. I also studied some of these during school or at university. However, I've never read Bulfinch's Mythology.

Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey 
Yes, and I've studied both of these books as well- the Odyssey is more interesting than the Iliad in my opinion.

Plutarch, Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
I think I may have this on my shelves, but I've only read selected passages during my studies

Dante, Inferno
No, but I've watched the movie

The Arabian Nights
Not in their original forms
Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur (tales of King Arthur and his knights)
I have a very old edition of the stories of King Arthur, but I must say that I found it most boring. The modern versions are much more interesting and 'chivalreous' in the modern sense. 

Shakespeare's major plays, especially Hamlet, Henry IV, Part One, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest -- King Lear
At various points during school I've studied Shakespeare's plays. The one that sticks in my mind most is A Midsummer Night's Dream (we also studied Romeo and Juliet). I love Shakespeare when its performed well, but I find it very hard to read. 

Cervantes, Don Quixote

Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
I have a children's version of this on my bookshelves, which probably means I read it a long time ago. Its on my TBR shelves because I can't remember reading it at all.

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Same as Robinson Crusoe

The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen
I have a bit volume of these on my TBR shelves. I have delved into it a few times after I enjoyed a performance at the theatre based on them. 

Any substantial collection of the world's major folktales
Not really, would be really interested in exploring these though

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Yes, not my cup of tea

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Quite a while ago, another one I'm planning to re-read at some point

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Yet another one that I have plans to get to at some stage
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