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Book Meme

This time, it's helen_c's fault.

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

Here's what to do:
  • Look at the list and bold those you have read.
  • Italicize those you intend to read.
  • Underline the books you LOVE.
  • Strike out the ones you thought SUCKED.
  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien  (One of these days, I'll finish reading it.  But I've seen the movie adaptation countless times by now)
  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 (I want to read this series with my son)
  10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
  12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Harding  (I loved the Roman Polanski's movie adaptation where Nastassja Kinski starred as Tess)
  13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
  14. Complete works of Shakespeare  (Yeah, I'll finish this too, one of these days)
  15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
  16. 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  (Another one I'm yet to finish.  In fact I don't think I've finished any of the Tolstoy novels)
  25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh  (it's not on my read-list, but I'm interested in listening to the audio play where Jamie Bamber voiced Sebastian)
  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 (I really love the movie version where Gwyneth Paltrow starred as Emma)
  35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  37. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
  38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
  39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
  40. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (I had a jolly good time reading it.  Although I loved Angels and Demons better)
  42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
  44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
  45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
  46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
  47. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  49. Atonement - Ian McEwan
  50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  51. Dune - Frank Herbert (I couldn't finish the sequels though)
  52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
  53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
  55. The Shadows of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  56. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
  59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
  64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas
  65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
  66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
  67. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
  68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
  69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville  (another hard one for me to finish)
  70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  71. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
  74. Ulysses - James Joyce
  75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath  (I thought about reading this, but was afraid being depressed by it)
  76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
  77. Germinal - Emile Zola
  78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  79. Possession - AS Byatt
  80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens  (hee, I've seen adaptations on TV, and read children's versions to my son, I've yet to read the real thing)
  81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
  83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
  84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  86. Charlotte's Web - EB White
  87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom (hubby loves Albom's books.  Per his recommendation, it's on my read-list)
  88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
  90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
  93. Watership Down - Richard Adams (I have the DVD only, not the book)
  94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
  96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
  97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
  98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (I love the book and its adaptations:  the movie - French version, and the Broadway Musical)
Hmmm, the list is short of two books, or did I mess things up?!

I don't have any book to strike out from this list.  If I hate a book I'm reading, I simply stop and toss it off my bookshelf.  Looks like I'm indeed not that well-read.  This also reminds me I have a lot of readings to do.  If only I can find time... 



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 26th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
Ah, Dune... I like the first one, and God Emperor of Dune (might be my favourite of the series). The last two ones are pretty much unreadable... Lord knows I tried, but I ended up skimming through to the end...

It does lack two, but apparently, on some versions of the list, Hamlet is cited near the end (and we have complete works of Shakespeare at the top), and they also separated The Witch and The Wardrobe from the Narnia Chronicles. Go figure...
Jun. 27th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
The last two ones are pretty much unreadable... Lord knows I tried, but I ended up skimming through to the end...


Thanks for your explanation about the two missing books. I can see why The Lion, the Which and the Wardrobe got taken off the list due to the redundancy (It's odd how they separated that one book from the Chronicles), but Hamlet...

It's just The Complete Works of Shakespeare is such a big tome, it's hard to read it entirely. Hamlet on the other hand, is a different story. I can say I read Hamlet, but not the Complete Works... *g*
Jun. 26th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Oh fun, I'm going to do this too :) (and totally blame you for it again ;) ).

We seem to have the same taste in books :)
Jun. 27th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
We seem to have the same taste in books

I've noticed that once I learned you are also a fan of Inspector Richard Jury! :D

And go ahead, blame me away! ;)

Edited at 2008-06-27 08:43 pm (UTC)
Jun. 26th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, you must finish Lord of the Rings! Although I must admit I have probably re-read the first book the most out of the three. The part where they return to the Shire (which wasn't in the films is very good).

His Dark Materials is quite good - loved the first book and it's much better than the recent film.
Jun. 27th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
*realizing I need a LOTR icon*

Yeah, I will finish LOTR books. I started it, then Peter Jackson's movie came out. I REALLY loved the movie (Fellowship of the Ring). I'm kinda ashamed I never gone back to finish the books.

I'm kinda disappointed with The Golden Compass too. Although I will support the movie and hope they would make the sequels. If nothing else, to encourage people to read the books. ;)
Jun. 26th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm checking everyone's postings on this list to see if there are comments on books I haven't read. Guess I'll have to check out His Dark Materials now. Goody.
Jun. 27th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, that series sounds very interesting. The way I understand it, the movie either left off or downplayed a lot from the book to avoid controversy. Too bad, this only means I'll HAVE TO ready the book! :D

Heading over to see your meme...
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