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25 June 2008 @ 09:45 pm
Another book meme  

[Gaaked this time from tesla_aldrich.]

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling [I read the first few and then got tired of them. So that would be a demi-bold?]
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible The Tanach
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 Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger [Gavi just finished it and she tells me it's a really annoying and stupid book. I'll take her word for it.]
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams [the whole series]
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 - AA 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 Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
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 Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB 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 [Truth to tell, I've only read the Lambs' version. Does that count?]
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

They're kidding, right? I mean, where are:

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe
The U.S.A. Trilogy - John Dos Passos
Howl and Other Poems - Allen Ginsberg
The History of Tom Jones—A Foundling - Henry Fielding
You Know Me Al - Ring Lardner
Stranger in a Strange Land [original uncut] - Robert A Heinlein
1001 Ways to Make Love - Tuli Kupferberg
Stand on Zanzibar - John Brunner
You Can't Go Home Again - Thomas Wolfe
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman - Laurence Sterne
The Nero Wolfe Series - Rex Stout
Kaddish and Other Poems 1958–1960 - Allen Ginsberg
Making Book - Teresa Nielsen Hayden
The Best Short Stories of Ring Lardner - Ring Lardner
The Book of the New Sun (series) - Gene Wolfe
The Sandman (series) - Neil Gaiman

…among many, many others. I mean, really. Give me a break

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Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on June 26th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
*Just kidding about the Kupferberg. Serious about the rest though.
maruad on June 26th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
I have read 22 of the original list and 4 and a bit from your list. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Stranger in a Strange Land, Stand on Zanzibar (which I happen to be rereading currently), The Book of the New Sun series and several (but not a huge number) by Rex Stout.

All top 100 (or top 10 or top 40) lists are subjective and at best designed to get people talking. Still, sometimes it is fun for comparative reasons (I'll show you mine if you show me yours kinda thing).