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Posted on 2008.25.06 at 02:02
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Top 100 book meme from aingeal8c



1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise 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 ;)


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 (If you haven't read this, GO OUT AND BUY IT NOW.)

5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6. The Bible (A whole bunch of it anyway. Believe it or not, I used to be *gasp!* a conservative Christian).

7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (I need to read this. Can you believe I've never read this? Geez.)

9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (I wish I could underline this twice. Everyone needs to read this, liek, yesterday. One of my desert island stories [and it's THREE books, not one, d00ds].)

10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (Back when Nixon was President. Or maybe even Johnson.)

12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (Seeing the [really long and depressing] movie doesn't count, right?)

13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (Maybe someday, but only because I feel like I'm supposed to read it. Which doesn't mean I won't like it.)

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (Eventually I will read every single one. It's an actual goal of mine. This will necessitate seeing all of his plays, because I tend to wait until I'm about to or have just seen one to read it. Plays are meant to be performed, y0, not read.

As for the sonnets, etc., I would love to have the audio versions. Preferably read by Alan Rickman. Or Paul Gross. Or even both, consecutively.)

15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (I read this as an adult, which puts me in the minority, I bet.)

17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (I've read a lot of it. I'll finish, honest! And not just because I don't want newleaf31 to chain me to her Comfy Chair until I do. [OTOH, hmm. Sounds like a nice vacation, and newleaf31 is pretty darn cute].)

19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch - George Eliot

21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (Over and over and over as a teenager. I memorized the first line and everything. Yes, patchfire, I know that historically it's one great big ball o' crap. I still love it. Or at least I did the last time I read it. It's AU, d00d.)

22. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens (I've read Black House, which is totally irrelevant, but I thought I'd mention it. :D)

24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (Do not read this book on public transportaion. You'll embarrass yourself.)

26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (I was also in the play version, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. I was the Cheshire Cat and wore ears and a tail and a purple, um. Catsuit. Because I was sixteen and could get away with stuff like that back then.)

30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (I've skimmed parts of this. I don't know why, but it didn't hold my interest)

31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (I read the first couple, but they were a little too preachy for me.)

34. Emma - Jane Austen

35. Persuasion - Jane Austen

36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (Didn't we go over this in #33?)

37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres (Saw the movie. Nicholas Cage, mmmm.)

39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (Probably not all at once, but I'm sure I've read the whole thing over time.)

41. Animal Farm - George Orwell (Again, wtf that I have yet to read this?)

42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (Mneh. It was okay. I got caught up in it while I was reading it, and then promptly forgot it. songdog's read the sequel/prequel).

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 (There's no category for 'maybe someday when I'm in the mood'. I'd rather watch the series.)

47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (I own Cat's Eye. I'm getting there.)

49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50. Atonement - Ian McEwan

51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel (I have no idea what this is about, but the title is intriguing so I'll try it.)

52. Dune - Frank Herbert (I started this once and didn't get far. I don't know why, because it was pretty good.)

53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons (I suppose owning this doesn't count, right? Since it's not even the same story and stuff like that).

54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (PLZ STOP WITH THE JANE AUSTEN ALREADY.)

55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (This is the only Dickens I really care about reading, because it's a. about the French Revolution and b. has a killer opening line.)

58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (mr_t00by has read this and I have not. This must not be. [he's also read the Kerouac and the Orwells. Darn him].)

59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon ( Hannah says it's awesome, and so do a lot of other people. Definitely on the 'soon' list.)

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 (Another wtf, why haven't I read this?)

67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy (I like the title. I probably won't read it, but It might be nice to find out why Jude was so Obscure)

68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding (saw the movie, it was fun)

69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville (I really want to read this. I just have to psych myself up for it.)

71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72. Dracula - Bram Stoker (Well, most of it, and I liked it. I was in the play version in high school I played Renfield--I had bat buttons on my jammies!)

73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (Pimped to me a lot, never really had the inclination.

74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson Only because I want to read all of his stuff (currently reading In a Sunburned Country, a.k.a. Down Under (for some reason the title was changed for us 'mericans, just like Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Northern Lights.)

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 (Saw the [really boring] movie, with [really pretty] Jonathan Rhys-Myers and [really pretty] Reese Witherspoon.)

80. Possession - AS Byatt

81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (I'm SO not a Dickens fan, but this one, you gotta read, right?)

82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker (Probably all of it, in fits and starts).

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 (Vaguely on my mental list list forever, and specifically there since I read A Study in Emerald in 2004.)

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 (I'll probably read it sometime in July or August. See above about only reading close to or after seeing the play.)

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (I'm really, really Not such a Roald Dahl fan. Saw the movie [with really pretty Johnny Depp, who wasn't so really pretty in this one].)

100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (saw the non-musical movie-with [Liam Neeson as Jean Valjean! GUH.]. Also saw the [musical] play at PPAC.)



I'm not sure what publication put this list out, but geez. Is this really what most people read? Because, yeah, I've read a few, but still, some of them are in serious wtf-ville.


I'm interested to see how many you guys have read, with special emphasis on peacey, because she's a reader, a writer, and a lover of Great Works of all types, and also patchfire, because she reads incessantly and insightfully (and reallyreallyfast).

ETA: There was a section left out of the meme that puts some sense into the list: "The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see."

Comments:


Aingeal
aingeal8c at 2008-06-25 10:08 (UTC) ()
Your html has got a tag that needs closing.

And I read The Hobbit when I was 18, so just an adult ;-)

And Mody Dick is well worth the read.
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primroseburrows at 2008-06-25 13:27 (UTC) ()
Yep, just fixed it, thanks!. :)
Aingeal
aingeal8c at 2008-06-25 20:55 (UTC) ()
It is an odd list.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2008-06-25 22:55 (UTC) ()
Part of the meme info was left out. I've seen other posts and it also says this:

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

You might want to add that to yours, and let the person you got it from know about it, too. It makes more sense that way.

Edited at 2008-06-25 22:55 (UTC)
Aingeal
aingeal8c at 2008-06-26 07:46 (UTC) ()
I wonder which Big Read it is. It's not either of the two Big Reads I know about. I've edited my post.
tx_cronopio
tx_cronopio at 2008-06-25 14:21 (UTC) ()
I've read 58 but I still think it was a damned strange list...like they couldn't decide whether to focus on pop culture or the classics.
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primroseburrows at 2008-06-25 17:34 (UTC) ()
And there are some blatant ones left out, if it's some kind of All Time Best Seller list. Like a whole bunch of Stephen King's books, for one thing.
Magpie
sistermagpie at 2008-06-25 15:13 (UTC) ()
I can't remember if I've done this meme before. I think I did that 100 least read books one--is it the same?
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primroseburrows at 2008-06-25 17:32 (UTC) ()
I don't know; there wasn't any source for the list in aingeal8c's post. I can't imagine it's least read, since HP and Shakespeare and The Bible are all on there.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2008-06-25 17:40 (UTC) ()
I found the source, and yes, you're right! The start of the meme should have been "The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see."

Since HP is seven books and HDM is three and Narnia is (I think) seven, it's still a really strange list, since people should end up reading more than three.
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