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Friday, July 11, 2008

You are what you read

I stole this from last month's guest blogger, Tom Allen. Want to do it ? Steal away!

“Someone” reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. It’s not the Big Read though — they don’t publish books, and they’ve only featured these books so far. In any event . . .

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 blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 or less and force books upon them.

1. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
2. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
4. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
5. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
6. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
7. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
8. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
10. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
11. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
12. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
13. His Dark Materials (trilogy) - Philip Pullman (I simply adore this trilogy. I didn't see it as anti-Christian, as some have said, but it does have some unflattering reflections of the Catholic church's missteps and and the hypocrisy of most theocracies)
14. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
15. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
16. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
17. Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
18. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
19. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
20. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
21. Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
22. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
23. Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
24. Animal Farm - George Orwell
25. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
26. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
27. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
28. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
29. Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
30. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
31. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
32. Complete Works of Shakespeare
33. Ulysses - James Joyce
34. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
35. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
36. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
37. The Bible
38. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
39. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
40. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
41. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
42. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
45. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon (everyone who knows and loves an autistic person should read this one)
46. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
47. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
48. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
49. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
50. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
51. Little Women - Louisa M. Alcott
52. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
53. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
54. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
55. Middlemarch - George Eliot
56. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
57. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
58. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
59. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
60. Emma - Jane Austen
61. Persuasion - Jane Austen
62. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
63. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
64. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
65. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
66. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
67. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
68. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
69. Atonement - Ian McEwan
70. Dune - Frank Herbert
71. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
72. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
73. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
74. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
75. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I HATED this book. I pushed my way through and finished, but hated it.)
76. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
77. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
78. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
79. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
80. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
81. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
82. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
83. Dracula - Bram Stoker
84. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
85. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
86. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
87. Germinal - Emile Zola
88. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
89. Possession - A.S. Byatt
90. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
91. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
92. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
93. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
94. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
95. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
96. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
97. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
98. Watership Down – Richard Adams
99. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
100. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

Wow, I guess I have a lot of reading to do!! I feel very inadequate.

P.S. Only 2 (Grapes, Moby) were read as school assignments, all the rest were by choice. Some I later read for high school or college, but had read first on my own (To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher)


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The Troll said...

That's too much work! I'll give you one hint for your UNREAD ones though. DUNE is boring and sucky!

Desmond Jones said...

OK, of these I've read (bold are the ones I really liked):

4,16,20,21,22,23,24,25,27,29,30,31,35,49,58, 70,74,82,90

(and of course, we know that 22 is part of 23, right?)

On my 'wanna read' short list:


David said...

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all time favourites. I've probably read it at least half a dozen times. The movie is also one of the few adaptations that I enjoy as much as the original work. I have to disagree with troll's comment about Dune. It's one of the most complex series I've read and can be enjoyed on many levels.

sandy shoes said...

I do recommend Dracula.

Why so much friggin' Jane Austen on this list, I wonder. Read one, read 'em all.

Vixen said...

I was surprised by how many of those I have read. (and also how many I have never even heard of, lol!)

Cool meme. :)

Tom Allen said...

Looks like we've read a lot of the same stuff.

I didn't like this list - it has some of the classics, but it missed tons of modern good stuff. Sci-fi? Horror? Detective? Not well represented.

Not that you could do that in only 100 books, I guess.

Sue said...

I loved Handmaid's Tale, as well. Have you read The Awakening by Kate Chopin? I thoroughly enjoyed that one.

Desmond Jones said...

I'm sorry, I'm ROFL at the sign. . .

It reminds me of a photo that I wish I had taken. Years ago, the Planned Parenthood office in OurTown was a storefront in a strip mall, and there was a vet clinic right next door. So, the large lighted signs were directly adjacent, saying

Planned Parenthood; Spay-Neuter Surgery

Me said...

Thanks for sharing. I posted my results on my blog.

And in addition to so much Jane Austen, why so much Charles Dickens? Blah! ;)