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26 June 2008 @ 03:45 pm
Book Meme  
What do you reckon? I don’t think we’re average, myself... :)

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) 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

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well, let's see.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Love it to pieces!
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 (God, I loathe this book. Or, at least, I want to kick bloody Hardy up the arse and tell him to cheer up, already Mind you, Jude the Obscure is *much* worse)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I've read many, but not all!)
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 (My favourite Austen novel!)
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 (God, I loathe this book with a passion, dull and pointless, and trying to be too clever)
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 (I have a copy, and intend to read it!)
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 (Bloody hell, this book is terrible as well! It’s bitty, and the characters disappear in and out pointlessly, and the plot makes no sense, and it’s basically a pile of drivel masquerading as a book everybody should read!)
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 (I *intend* to read this, because I did try once, but I suspect I may never make it back in to finish it – it’s heavier going than I was expecting)
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 (My only read Dickens – I can’t stand him, otherwise :)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker (Is it sacriledge to say I preferred the film?)
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 (I LOVED this book as a child!)
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 (My favourite Shakespeare play – I don’t know why it’s separate but that’s ok!)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
prochytesprochytes on June 27th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
I have read thirty-five of them. There is considerable over-lap with your list, but not entirely.
Valderys: Macauley Connor - intellectual snobvalderys on June 27th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
It scares me the number of people who don't read anything, to make the average 6!

*waves* It is a fine thing that you have an lj now - it's where all the good fandom crack is to be found :) I'm teawith too, if you want, although I don't post there much these days.
prochytesprochytes on June 28th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
I am very happy to be here! This is indeed where the good fandom crack is, even if some of it does make one reach for the brain-bleach. Who would have thought that people had written Owen/Myfanwy slash :)

As I said in my note, Arachne and I are having a bit of trouble updating to the web-site, so we may end up putting some of our fic on our LJs until that is sorted out. Watch this space!