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"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) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
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 The Harry Potter Series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird
6 The Bible – Just the Book of Exudos
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – What larks, Pip! What larks!
11 Little Women
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – Twelth Night, The Tempest, a few others
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 - Just the Lion, Which, and Wardrobe
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe See #33
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 About five times. There must be some A of GG fan fic somewhere
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 Overrated IMO
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
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 - Not in this lifetime
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas
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
92 The Little Prince – Antoine de St. 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 Must see Kiefer version
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 28th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
No Catcher in the Rye? Oh, that's too bad. And you're too old for it now. It's best read in high school, as is Franny and Zooey IMO.

And you, also, no Grapes of Wrath or Great Gatsby! What did you read in high school English? Perhaps On the Road or Lord of the Flies?

Yeah, Life of Pi was over-hyped. I really liked Atonement, haven't seen the movie yet.

If you liked Remains of the Day, try his Artist of the Floating World: almost the same book, but from the POV of a Japanese poster artist during WWII. The parallels between Japanese and British culture are striking. His recent stuff is too Kafka-esque for me. When We Were Orphans just made me dizzy.

If you copy and paste into Word, then highlight everything and hit 'Clear formatting' you can get rid of the formatting in memes like this. Then format in Word and re-paste into LJ.
Jun. 28th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
You must be horrified at my terrible High School English classes! In grade 10 we spent a whole frakking term on Who Has Seen The Wind. To this day I cannot read WO Mitchell. Grade 11 was all about the Shakespeare.

I thought I bolded Lord Of The Flies. I'll go back and edit.

Opps. I copied some of your comments. This is what happens when i post things late at night.

Have you read A Wild Sheep Chase? That one is awesome.

I've tried the clear formatting thing, but it dosn't seem to worl on my version of word.
Jun. 28th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Bummer about the formatting; it's really handy.

I noticed you had read Lord of the Flies and I thought maybe High School, because does anybody read it for pure pleasure anymore? If so, I'm impressed!

You know, I never could get into WO Mitchell. I tried, him being an Icon and all, but he just didn't click with me. And I'm from the prairies, almost. I'm not a huge Atwood fan either, although I did like The Edible Woman.

I will have to check out A Wild Sheep Chase.
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