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Book Meme

Posted on 2008.06.23 at 22:23
Current Mood: moodymoody
Snarfed from minuial_nuwing

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) 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

I reckon with the literate crowd I hang out with no one needs to be "forced" to read anything.   What's the Big Read anyway?

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
(read 5)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible  (read selected bits)
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
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

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
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  (reading 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 Dune - Frank Herbert
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
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
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
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
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
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
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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
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


A wild and untamed thing
rebeccasama at 2008-06-24 06:42 (UTC) (Link)
LOL I just started 100 Years of Solitude myself. *looks at list* I have read erm....about 28 of those books I think.

How the hell did Jude the Obscure end up on that list? -_-

Totally agree with you on The Little Prince *draws a sheep*
elfscribe5 at 2008-06-24 17:16 (UTC) (Link)
I'm reading 100 years of Solitude for my book club this next month. I'd love to know how this list was compiled - based on sales? There are a number of contemporary books here, a few I haven't heard of. Oh yes, The Little Prince is one of my favorites, so deceptively simple, so profound. I read it in French for my French class first.
ennorwen at 2008-06-24 12:24 (UTC) (Link)
This is so much fun - I've quite enjoyed seeing everyone's lists and it couldn't be more timely - I'm putting together a picspam of our libraries and I'll post this with...

As I told Fim, I do have now something to thank all of those teachers for - I probably wouldn't have read half of these, except for the fact that I was made to.

Like you, I'm putting Brideshead Revisited in italics - I would like to read that one someday. And of course, I agree with many of your underlined choices! Ah, The Secret Garden - I do specifically remember reading that when I was eleven and just loving it for years afterwards.

elfscribe5 at 2008-06-24 17:19 (UTC) (Link)
They did manage to hit some of my childhood favorites on this. There are some which I couldn't remember if I'd read or not. Realized I did read The Color Purple, I was afraid I was mistaking it for the movie and I'm also pretty sure I read the Bell Jar, long ago. There are quite a few others there that I feel as if I've read, such as Moby Dick because of the movies and having it be part of the literary culture. Some of these classics I've missed and should rectify that - but it's more fun to read slash. LOL. (Got your note - will get back soon. We are frantically getting ready for Tokyo.)
Minuial Nuwing
minuial_nuwing at 2008-06-24 14:08 (UTC) (Link)
I am really having fun looking over everyone's list. Most of us seem to have a few books that we 'love' in common, even outside Tolkien. **grin**

Memoirs of a Geisha is quite a good book - I was surprised, honestly, because it isn't really my usual flavor.

Charlotte's Web I read as a kid, and I hated it. I also hated Old Yeller and Black Beauty, though. **is a fluff muffin dweeb**

elfscribe5 at 2008-06-24 17:21 (UTC) (Link)
My daughter got Memoirs of a Geisha after we went to see the movie. I do plan to read it at some point. Oh, I loved Charlotte's Web as a kid. Read and reread and cried each time. And yeah, I also liked Old Yeller and Black Beauty, even though sad. Guess I like the angst. *g*
*hugs back*
Ishtar L-Amarain
sharz at 2008-06-24 15:03 (UTC) (Link)
You're not going to believe me, but the only books I HAVEN'T read on that list are:

A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
elfscribe5 at 2008-06-24 17:22 (UTC) (Link)
You get the prize, Sharz. Actually those books on your short list, except for Rebecca, are among the few on this list that I've never heard of.
Ishtar L-Amarain
sharz at 2008-06-25 06:44 (UTC) (Link)
Funny you should say that! I had the day off today so I went hunting around in second hand bookshops (yeah, funny idea of a past time :P) so I bought Rebecca today!
camera_lucida at 2008-06-24 16:58 (UTC) (Link)
I think every book lover has a moment of panic when they click these lists, the moment of panic being, 'My God, what if I've read hardly any of these books? What if I don't even recognize them?" Panic was allayed. It's a very classical list and I (think I) did reasonably well. Phew!

I noticed that you've read a lot of Dickens. He's the bane of my lit existence. I have never been able to finish a Dickens novel. Even the ones that were required for class. *shakes head* I will! One day!

Thanks for putting up this list. It was insightful. I hope to be able to put it up on one of my journals (probably this one) eventually.
elfscribe5 at 2008-06-24 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
I would like to know where the list came from. It has a curious mix of books on it. I have read a lot of Dickens and more than is on the list here including Oliver Twist, Little Dorrit, Nicholas Nickleby, Tale of Two Cities, others I can't remember. Most of them read in my teen years, believe it or not. I adore Dickens. No one does characters quite like he does.
Good to hear from you!

Edited at 2008-06-24 05:28 pm (UTC)
heartofoshun at 2008-06-24 22:46 (UTC) (Link)
I finally found out where the list comes from, athousandwinds on my f-list reports: “The Big Read was a poll/TV programme the BBC (?) did, to see which were the nation's favourite books.” (Hey, well, you know, we've got culture here in the U.S. too. We had Oprah's Book Club.)

Edited at 2008-06-24 10:48 pm (UTC)
elfscribe5 at 2008-06-25 00:06 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Oshun,
Oh glad you tracked it down. Seems the British are a bit more well-read than we are if that is a current list of most popular books. I mean it didn't look like a U.S. best sellers list.
heartofoshun at 2008-06-25 04:39 (UTC) (Link)
That is a frightening thought--what a U.S. list would look like. I wish someone would do it. Romance novels? Self-help books? (My ex-husband once made a comment on a new girlfriend of an acquaintance, after we had dinner with them: "She has more bottles of perfume than she has books in her apartment.")

Edited at 2008-06-25 04:40 am (UTC)
elfscribe5 at 2008-06-25 04:42 (UTC) (Link)
"She has more bottles of perfume than she has books in her apartment."
LOL. Yeah sadly I guess that's not uncommon. I remember as a kid going with my parents to visit some obscure relatives and being shocked that I couldn't find a single book to read in their house. Not something I was used to.
heartofoshun at 2008-06-25 04:48 (UTC) (Link)
What I always liked about visiting my parents, was that it was like being turned loose in a good Barnes & Nobles for a week. They lived in a small town for their entire life and claimed they bought so many books because they had read everything in the public library.
camera_lucida at 2008-06-26 11:11 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I'm glad you managed to track down where the list came from. (Or rather your friend did.) A BBC poll or TV programme. It makes a lot of sense to me and goes a long way to explaining the more 'classical' books on the list. But now I gotta wonder, why is Virginia Woolf and James Joyce not on this list? *is puzzled*

Returning to Dickens, if he had been introduced to me when I was younger, I oddly think we would've gotten along better. When I was in college, I encountered Dickens and Hardy at the same time. (I can't remember the course now.) I may have had issues with Dickens, but I completely fell in love with Hardy. :-)
elfscribe5 at 2008-06-26 17:14 (UTC) (Link)
Right, why no Virginia Woolf? I think she was very popular a number of years back. Maybe the fad is over. There is Ulysses by James Joyce which I've never gotten nerve to read. I understand it's supposed to be a great work of art but I wonder if it's simply considered great because no one understands it? LOL.
I read some Hardy too - again a while back - all of this was done on my own. I think I sought to educate myself. I did like him as I recall, but I barely remember. Maybe it's time to reread some classics. How I fit that in with all the slash, I don't know.
keiliss at 2008-06-25 02:02 (UTC) (Link)
I see you also made your way through Heart of Darkness :(

I knew I'd seen or heard of the list before, and yes - British top 100 best loved. Totally explains the eclectic mix.
elfscribe5 at 2008-06-25 04:44 (UTC) (Link)
Heart of Darkness. Yes, I did read that one, quite some time ago so that I barely remember it. And I'm glad to see the British have more taste than most Americans. These are nearly all classics.
aoi_shu at 2008-06-25 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
Memoirs of a geisha is a book any Japanese Studies scholar is advised against reading...
and now i know why...

what a weird list... it's like..they have no Oscar Wilde even.. it's just.. weird.
Lol, Dumas is mentioned tho, lol a childhood book of 99% Russian kids, i suppose. At least of my generation.

But... I feel like i;m from a different planet^^;
aoi_shu at 2008-06-25 18:19 (UTC) (Link)
i scored 21 tho..
if you count half "War And Peace"... I am not Tolstoy's fan... I could rec a couple other curious Russian books tho. I had been always surprised tho, that Pushkin is not known outside Russia much, even tho he is considered one of the top genius poets... oh well.
elfscribe5 at 2008-06-25 21:28 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Shu,
I've heard that this is a British top 100 favorite books list so it's reflecting British tastes and because it's current, it includes some current titles. I cringe to see the American one, although maybe if people are asked their top 100 favs of all time, many of these would make an American list too. Why do Japanese scholars advise against reading Memoirs? Just curious.
aoi_shu at 2008-06-26 07:52 (UTC) (Link)
he portrayed geisha as prostitutes. Instead of lifting this image of of them, he created an even more skeewd on by mixing both milleu togather. Virginity was only sold as a minor practice not alwys existing in brothels.. as far as i know..
I'm not an expert, but honestly, to be the characters of the book look simply horrendous and glorification of doll like woman who has no feelings, but knows how to serve... It creeps me out. instead of showing how horrible it might have been, they actually made some icon out of her...

It bother me very very much,especially since i had to deal with Japanese sociology and seen enough damage as it is.
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