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Yet another Book Meme


The originators of this list think most people have only read at most six of these books.
They may be right; people do not read that much.

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.
5) Place a * next to the books you hate..the books you regret having spent hours of your life reading.
MY ADDITIONS:
For books I never intend to read, I also place a *
For books I never heard of, I place a ?
For books I started but never finished I bold the number but not the name
And I add parenthetical comments of course.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (Took a while, but I have come to love this story.)
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 (Some parts of the Bible should only be read for their sleep-inducing power, if you're not a priest making historical records. Even if you don't believe that it's the word of God recorded through human agency, it's still got some incredible stories in it.)
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (I don't hate it but WHY are these people so STUPID?)
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (I got my cynicism in doses.)
* 9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (Far too much straw-man ranting, and it only gets worse.)
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (Another dose of cynicism)
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (I read this in college, borrowed Penny's copy after her class was done.)
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (I barely remember this book.)
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (Most recently listened to it on audio.)1
? 17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (The ending is funny. The beginning is wierd. The middle is not much different than Ulysses except differently self-indulgent.)
? 19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (I was not blown away by this book)
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (I read it in 1974, after seeing the movie with Robert so-gorgeous-Burt-Reynolds-would-be-gay-for-him Redford and Mia Farrow and Sam Waterson as the less gorgeous people. I wasn't grabbed by it. Should have read it before the movie.)
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (I TRIED!)
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 (Tiresome book, miserable people, no joy.)
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 (I don't remember reading this but I might have.)
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis (See #33 above)
? 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 (Another dose of cynicism. I think of a farm run by another family when I was growing up, which was rather run-down.)
* 42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (Only if by reading it I could cost him money.)
? 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 (I used to think this was an overblown impossibility. Then George the IIId became president by, in part, manipulating religious reactionaries.)
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding (CYNICISM, HO!)
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert (Does not stand up to re-reading.)
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (Another one that improved on re-reading.)
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (It was the best of openings. It was not the best of reads.)
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (Cynicism and literary snark!)
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 (I will pet him and hug him and call him George...)
*62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (Only so much middle-aged Russian businessdrone lechery I can handle.)
? 63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
? 64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac (Since it's intentional poetry I may have to try this.)
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville (Call me, Ishmael! You never write any more!)
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 read most of it, but what incredibly turgid, melodramatic word-wankery!)
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 (Most appropriate time to read this: in high school, doing curtains at a rehearsal for a theatre production, while waiting for the director to finish chewing on the actors.)
? 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
? 90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
* 91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (Probably an excellent read. Do not need more cynicism.)
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (ANTI-Cynicism!)
? 93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams (This is full of plot-bunnies. Most of you won't get that joke.)
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole (First three chapters made me think the publisher was a drunken drug-addict.)
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare (Duh, see #14 "Complete works of Shakespeare")
*99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (The author actually hates children who are not miniature adults, or at least, he writes them as loathesomely as possible.)
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

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foomf
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
My great-grandmother was one of the generation that required the children to read the Bible (KJV only, as it was the language in which God dictated it... yeah, a bit bonkers) and it was precisely because of the Song of Solomon and several other "wrong for children" parts that she had glued the edges closed on those parts. Library paste, if I recall my Mom's description, which meant she could easily remove it if she wanted to read them herself.
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foomf
Aug. 7th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, the Holy Spirit does not seem to want to teach in a vacuum, and also seems to want us to use the brains we were gifted with for something other than mulch for hair.

Otherwise things would be so much easier.
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