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27 June 2008 @ 07:22 pm
100 Books  
Snagged this from la_tante. 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 started but did not finish.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) 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 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
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare most of them but not the entire body of work
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
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
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
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
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
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

36 read out of 100 isn't that bad, right? And I tried to read five others. I suppose that makes me six times the average adult when it comes to book-reading, LOL!
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she was a work in progress.dreamer_98 on June 28th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
You did a lot better than I did. I've only read about a dozen books on the list all the way through. And there are very few books that I can honestly say that I loved. I really wish I were a better reader. It's summer so I really have no excuse to not be reading something (besides fan fiction).
la_tante: fake glasses intellectualla_tante on June 28th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
but fanfiction is great reading!! you learn lots; you get to hang out with characters you love; and it gives so much pleasure. i'm a big fan of reading anything--doesn't have to be novels. of course, knowing some of the "canon" (read: western (dead) white boys network) doesn't hurt but all reading is good reading! enjoy your summer of fic!
Arabian: Feelings Journalarabian on June 28th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
I'm a voracious reader, so I'm actually a bit disappointed in myself. There are others I want to read on the list and I WILL some day, damnit!!!

Hee, love your icon!
la_tante: fodrizzlela_tante on June 28th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
oh! do yourself a favor and find mark haddon's book, the secret of the dog in the nighttime. it's so brilliant. if there's one book on the list i'd recommend you just drop everything and read, it's that one. i think you'll love it. and then you can cross another one of the list!
hiddeneloise: Ten Suggestions/VM/Loganhiddeneloise on June 28th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Interesting list, pretty random, though. It was easier to list the ones I haven't read:

1 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
2 Tess of the D'Urbervilles
3 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
4 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
5 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
6 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
7 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
8 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
9 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
10 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
11 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
12 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
13 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
14 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
15 Atonement - Ian McEwan
16 Dune - Frank Herbert
17 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
18 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
19 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
20 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
21 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
22 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
23 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
24 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
25 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
30 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
31 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
32 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
33 Ulysses - James Joyce
34 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
35 Germinal - Emile Zola
36 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
37 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
38 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
39 Charlotte's Web - EB White
40 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
41 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
42 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
43 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

I've read 57 books out of a 100. It's an arbitrary 100, though, so, lol...

Notables:

[u]Pride and Prejudice[/u] -- love it to pieces!

Jane Eyre -- I went through a period at the age of 12 where I read it on a loop for a year. Then I got over it.

The Bible -- during immigration I was stuck in Europe for 5 months with no books (no money to buy them, either). All I had was The Bible given to us by the religious organization that oversaw our application process. I read this cover to cover. It made me even more depressed, and that's saying something, considering I just left my country and didn't know where I would end up.

[u]Little Women[/u] -- I love the book, but, oddly, don't much like Jo. Does that make me weird?

Complete Works of Shakespeare -- is there anyone outside of Shakespearian scholars who read them all?

War and Peace -- I wonder what it's like in translation? In Russian it's a beautifully written and constructed book, but so much of its beauty is tied into the language...

[u]The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy[/u] - -- LOVE!

Crime and Punishment -- As we used to say, writing this was a crime and reading it is punishment. I had to, for high school curriculum. What's other people's excuse? lol.

[u]Alice in Wonderland[/u] -- THE book of my childhood! I still collect illustrated versions of it. :)

[u]Emma[/u] -- Read everything Jane Austen's written, and this rivals only P&P in my affection.

[u]Anne of Green Gables[/u] -- I love this, too!

[u]Cold Comfort Farm[/u] -- terrific gem, my copy of it is worse for the wear. :)

[u]Sense and Sensibility[/u] -- perhaps the harshest of Austens. And just for that, I love it dearly.

[u]Lolita[/u] -- does it count as two books if I read it in two languages?:) Then again, Nabokov did write it both in Russian and English...

The Lovely Bones -- this seriously made me ill for a while. Tough subject, terrific buildup, curious letdown of the ending.

[u]Count of Monte Cristo[/u] -- Dumas I read all, if you can believe it! This one is a campy favorite. :)

[u]Bridget Jones's Diary[/u] -- I don't care how uncool it is, I love it! :)

Moby Dick -- I could not get past the first chapter. So, so boring to me, lol.

Ulysses -- and ditto... The #1 book of the 20th century. And I just couldn't. I read Homer's Odyssey. This, however...

[u]Possession[/u] -- oh, oh, read this! It's a beauty! (Well, I loved it, you might not, but still...).

[u]Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[/u] -- weee, so much fun reading it in my childhood. :)

[u]A Confederacy of Dunces[/u] -- LOVE!