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Here is a much more sensible book meme that I also first filled in in 2008:


The Book Meme:

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 really love (and strike through the ones you hate!).
4) Put an asterisk (*) before the books you wasn't able to finish.
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 ;-)

01 (01) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
02 (02) The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
03 ( ) *Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
04 (03) Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
05 ( ) *To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
06 ( ) The Bible I've only read the Bible for kids, ages and ages ago.
07 ( ) Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
08 ( ) Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
09 (04) His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 (05) Great Expectations - Charles Dickens A remarkable book. Can't say I loved it, but a very interesting reading.
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 (06) Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 (07) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 ( ) Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 (08) The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 ( ) The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 ( ) Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 (09) Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 ( ) The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald One day. May be. May be not.
23 ( ) Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 (10) War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy Studied at school, re-read more than once
25 (11) The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 ( ) Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 (12) Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky Same as W&P, without re-reading
28 ( ) Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 (13) Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 ( ) The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 ( ) *Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy Started reading while still in high-school, got very-very bored with the main character. (Duh! in retrospect.) Intend to try again one day.
32 (14) David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 (15) Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 ( ) Emma - Jane Austen
35 ( ) Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 (16) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 ( ) The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 ( ) Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 ( ) Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 (17) Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne My absolute first English book. Incomplete and abridged. And dad helped with it from beginning to end.
41 ( ) Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 (18) The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown Interesting while you are reading it, absolutely forgettable immediately thereafter
43 ( ) One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez Have to read it.
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 (19) Dune - Frank Herbert
53 ( ) Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 (20) Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen And imagined Alan Rickman on every page.
55 ( ) A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 ( ) The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 ( ) A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 (21) 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
64 ( ) The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 (22) Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 ( ) *On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 ( ) Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 (23) Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding I have a lot of Bridget in me.
69 ( ) Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 ( ) Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 (24) Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 ( ) Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 (25) The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 ( ) Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 ( ) Ulysses - James Joyce
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 (26) A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens LOVE it.
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 (27) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 ( ) The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 ( ) Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 (28) The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery Another must read.
93 ( ) The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 ( ) Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 ( ) A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 ( ) A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 (29) The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 (30) Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 ( ) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 (31) Les Misérables - Victor Hugo Was perhaps the first book that made me cry and read till dawn.


Four more books off the list read in seven years, about twice as much added to the to-read list. None taken off it. Curiously, reading two or three books in the original solved the problem of not liking them and (or) not being able to finish.

Comments

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majesticarky
Jun. 1st, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh Jane Eyre is the only book you hate? *gasp*! I thought her sister's novel was better (well actually it's my favorite book ever written XD), but Jane Eyre has got to be one of the greatest works of English literature. I liked the feminist narrative and it just has so many wonderful quotes. See!


Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!


I've heard the BBC is doing some upcoming drama about the Bronte sisters. I'm so excited about it.
kehlen_crow
Jun. 1st, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is. There were two or three more last time that I managed to return to and read in full since. Not this one though. I can't stand the idea of trying again, because while ~what is said is true and good, ~how it is said repulses me. Take the quote you have written for example: true, but too much emoting. The two movies based on it I have tried watching did not help either, like was the case with Anna Karenina, for example.
majesticarky
Jun. 1st, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah I think you'll hate Wuthering Heights even more. NONE of the characters in it are remotely likable, and it is nothing but melodrama. Everyone is incredibly hot-headed and emotional. I still love it and reread it often. There have been so many adaptations of Jane Eyre. My mom said they played a version of it in Russia way back in the day, one with Timothy Dalton, that she really liked. I haven't like any of the adaptations I've seen, so maybe I should check that one out.

I tried to read Tess of the D'Urbervilles but found it dreadfully dull. I got through only about half of it. It was like having the drama of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, but presented so blandly. I also tried reading Anna Karenina but while I was a few chapters into the book and told my dad I was reading it, he said "you know she throws herself off a train at the end, right?" Thus SPOILING IT ENTIRELY for me... i'm not sure if I'll give that one another go :/. I think pretty much all Russian classic novels end in some variant of someone throwing themselves off a train. At least Gogol had some unusual and creative dark humor to go along with those themes : ).
kehlen_crow
Jun. 1st, 2015 08:18 pm (UTC)
Well, nobody does that in War and Peace... wait, Prince Anrej gets depressed and lets himself fade away, there's that.

Spoilers used to matter much more to me than they do now - I can see myself stopping to read a book after something like that as well.

Yes, one of JE adaptations I saw was the one with Timothy Dalton, which was unfortunate because I find him rather creepy. :-)

And finally, I hope Tess will not pose much of a problem, because I'm somewhat used to Hardy's style after The Return of the Native that I ~had to get through, being Alan Rickman's audiobook and all. So I know that his boring stuff is worth getting through to find the gems.

Edited at 2015-06-01 08:20 pm (UTC)
evermore_spb
Jun. 1st, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
And I would still advise you to read "Wuthering Heights") I used to like "Jane Eyre" a lot when I was about 15 - and hated it when tried to reread recently. Because of the same reasons as you do, I think, all too soapy and oh this style!
But Emily's book is much more intense, dramatic and better written at the same time (so emotions are appropriate). Closer to real life somehow with all its darkness and no rewards for "being good". One of my favorite books as of now actually.
majesticarky
Jun. 1st, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
Oh hah nice you even got your icon. I think only Alan Rickman narrating would make me want to try another one of Hardy's books.
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