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Books I've read list

From jackwabbit and lothi...

A few things occur to me:

1) I've read more than I thought in a lot of ways,

2) I have several things that would be fun to re-read/ revisit

3) I still think several "classics" are squarely overrated.


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

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) 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 - School. One of 3 books I distinctly recall not finishing.

2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien waaaaaay too long ago; need to have another go

3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - had to read for a scholastic competition thing. This is not my style, and I wasn't a fan.

4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling- started, but I hate to read unfinished series. RL has been particularly bothersome since she finished.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee- Okay. Sacriledge to someone I know. I did not like this book. I liked some of the characters. The first book I didn't finish in school, tho I read 90% or so

6. The Bible- okay, most of the Old Testament. The New Testament just wasn't my kind of stupid by the time I got there. There's some fun stuff in Revelations....

7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte *sigh* The academics sure were hot on this stuff, eh?

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- Well, Python did a sketch about watching him write it ;D

13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare * - Hmm. I read most of them "back in the day;" I had a Complete Works collection and got to town. I wasn't that hot on the histories. I think I lacked a Henry or two. And then, um, Pericles, Prince of Tyre I don't recall reading, nor Timon of Athens or Coriolanus. I read all the sonnets, though. They were kinda fun.

15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier- skipping intentionally. Eponymous works are scary ;)

16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger- I own it...started a couple times...once I shall

19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch - George Eliot

21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell - um, no.

22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald- East Egg? West Egg? Kiss my egg! The coolest thing about the edition I had was the trippy dark blue cover with the wierd face on it

23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy- I don't think I'll ever have enough time....

25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams That Douglas Adams was one hoopy frood who really knew where his towel was!

26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky- I will read eith this or War and Peace, but not both. Suggestions?

28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck- man, I seem down on literature, here, but not a fan. The turtle. The caravan. The turtle, The caravan. Really, *not* the world's end-all of imagery.

29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame- oh, boy...LONG time ago. I recall really liking these characters, though. And Mr Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland? BWAH!

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 read it as a wee lass; intend to re-read

37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

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 Eh, Piggy was framed ;)

50. Atonement - Ian McEwan

51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel

52. Dune - Frank Herbert -liked the movie(s)

53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

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 - any book that's good enough for The Cue....;)

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 can I underline twice??? I L.O.V.E.D. this book!

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 Isn't this the one the Queen's on about these days?

70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville I know I read it, but I am not 100% sure I read the whole thing. I might have done like Brother Maynard and skipped around a bit

71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72. Dracula - Bram Stoker

73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

75. Ulysses - James Joyce- I should probably read this.

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

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 Made me cry my ass off

88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. All of it. All, what, 56 short stories (Adventures, Case Book, Memoirs, etc etc) and the 4 novels INCLUDING that really crappy part of Study in Scarlet and the entirety of Valley of Fear. First glaring instance I could recall of not wanting my mom to be right and having to eat the words. "You'll really like them," she said.

90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad- not a fan

92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94. Watership Down - Richard Adams loved it at the time. I have met someone who *really* loved it since, so I guess I'd have to say "really enjoyed"

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 There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Comments

( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
jackwabbit
Jul. 5th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Really, my dear, you must read Brave New World. But, alas, I must read all of Hitchhikers (can't say yes until I've read them all, and alas, I have not).

Oh, and I agree that some classics are highly overrated.

And where is Fahrenheit 451? Hm?
lemonpiefirefly
Jul. 5th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
I'll have to fix that. I have read Brave New World...I thought I had it marked. I don't think it's that wonderful. Important etc but not a fave of mine.
jackwabbit
Jul. 6th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Ah, well, then...maybe you should do that then!
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