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24 June 2008 @ 09:04 pm
 
Stolen directly from Miss eurydice72 ....

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) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Put an asterick next to the books you'd rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read
5) 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
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible  (started, but never made it all the way through)
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
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
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  (someday)
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
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres  (i started it!  it's around here somewhere)
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (although I'm kind of afraid)
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
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
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons * (absolutely NO interest)
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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
(one of the books that made me want to go back to college)
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
(not as cool as it should have been, i thought)
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
(one of the first books I actually wrote about in college... and I still love it)
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens *  (if you've noticed, my starring has a trend - I have absolutely no wish to ever read anything by CDickens ever again)
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce  (another started, but unfinished)
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 * (hey, Bill Murray is enough for me)
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
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  (i call it comfort reading)
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
(OMG, you must read this if you haven't.  I was completely surprised by how awesome it was)
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Now, when does the forcing of books happen?  Cuz I'll buy another book shelf.

Now, if you're wondering what else is going on?  It's fairly boring stuff...

I've been working.  Tucking myself into the rhythms of an office, trying to find my stride again, looking for balance between doing cold calling three days a week and then doing non-linear work for the Asian Studies department.  It's fun though. 

Getting ready for Tokyo, since it's less than a month away.  ACK!  Everything is coming together - tickets bought, housing getting finalized, school getting into.  At least this time there are less hoops to jump through since I have luggage and a passport and I remember how to get into the country.

I have some things I'm procrastinating on (homework, if you'd believe it), and some crazy plans for Thursday (well, crazy in the sense that I'm packing together a very busy day for myself), and a crap ton of stuff I got done today.

Every day it's a delight to see what lovely things are coming up at Summer of Giles, and I'm still responding to comments my most recent posts (bad!Kate!).  So much to do!  So little time!  It's probably going to be a race to the finish here (and by finish, I mean the end of the summer).  I can feel things starting to pick up right now.  So here... here I go...
 
 
 
Mireillemireille719 on June 25th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
I like this version of the meme! *does it at once*
my monkied brain: wes - bibliophilekatekat1010 on June 25th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
wasn't it fun? i actually really liked the mix of books
(no subject) - emeraldswan on June 25th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on June 25th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
see? that's just awesome-sauce!

I'm doing pretty ok in the day to day - just trying to not hate temping too much.

How are you??
capybaroncapybaron on June 25th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Big Read?
What is the Big Read?

I have not taken a literature course since high school mainly because of those high school classes. I also have a distaste for those books that I was made to read in those classes (for example, see the Bronte entries in the list). I am also disinclined to create my own version of this list (I am lazy). Since high school, almost of my recreational reading has been related to science fiction (albeit in some rather strange and twisty ways, at times). Because I have dyslexia, I have to have some motivation to make my slow grinding way through a book.

All that said, I have read about forty percent of the items listed, give or take some odd cases (I have read many Sherlock Holmes stories, but not every single one written; similarly, I actually sat through most of Shakespeare's plays, but I have certainly not read every sonnet and grocery list). Not only have I read most of these books after high school, but many I have read relatively recently (such as "A Tale of Two Cities" and Joyce's Ulysses). Some items puzzle me, such as "Cold Comfort Farm" (since it is a scifi novel, I did read it, though it impressed me as rather light and fluffy for a "Big Read"). While I may read some of the remainder in the future, aside from the Hugo nominees and certain recommendations from certain friends, my reading tends to be rather whimsical.


Edited at 2008-06-25 05:40 pm (UTC)
my monkied brain: wes - bibliophilekatekat1010 on June 26th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
Re: Big Read?
Apparently it's a national movement to get people to read more books:

http://www.neabigread.org/index.php

although I can't seem to find the 100 list anywhere on their site, so the meme itself may be quite old.

My reading (except for class) is quite whimsical! I bless the fact that there are other readers in my life who have quite different interests than I and can offer me books that I have come to love but would never have picked up on my own (A Confederacy of Dunces is a total case in point). And amazingly enough, I was in a book club once made up of all of my college friends who were in the area, and although we only managed to hold it together for a year, I ended up reading some truly wonderful things from there.

And I was a bit frustrated with the multiple listings of CS Lewis, but the "entire works of Shakespeare" that came under one heading - that part seemed quite odd to me. However, no list is perfect, and at least this one had some things I actually liked on it. :D