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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... 
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