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Book Meme

Okay, in my defense - I'll read anything in print and I tend to go through phases where I say to myself "I really should read some more of those Classic English/American/Russian/French Literature books."

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you started but did not finish.
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
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
(ahhh, yes. I have read and studied this)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (even if I did hurl book 3 at the wall)
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles
- I SERIUSLY HATE THIS BOOK and was forced to study it in High School and I begrudge that A+ essay that I had to write extolling its virtues
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare - I received the complete works as my Literature prize in High School and I've read pretty much all of it
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier - One of my favourite books - I was named for Rebecca
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 - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
- and the rest of them :D
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
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
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
- at about book 3, this series goes downhill
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
- This is a great book, definitely recommended
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
- DIE HARDY DIE!!
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 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 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


Ugh! Why so much Hardy?? *stabs him*

And I'll just pimp "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt again, because it was really good.

Comments

good lord chick you will read anything ;) hehehehe
Hehe yep!

I love to read, so I'm always on the lookout for something new
I had to read Tess in high school too. I hated it so much at the beginning, I bought the cliff notes (if you don't know what these are, they're the synopsis of the book basically) and watched the movie. That's how bad I thought it was.
That entire book filled me with rage. Angel Clare was a condescending prig and I just hated Tess herself. And what really killed me was having to write about how revolutionary the novel was in its portrayal of a woman's sexuality *gag*

In fact I hated it so much, that after the end of year exams I took the book and all the notes I made on it and gleefully burned them in a celebratory bonfire. :D
The Secret History, eh? Hm. Well, I have been on the lookout for new books...

It baffles me however why they'd have Chronicles of Narnia AND The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe both on that list. I mean, you could just point out that you've read bits of the Chronicles... *ponders*

Then again, one could make the same comments about Shakespeare.

And am I right in assuming you're not much of an Hardy fan? ;)

Also glad to see I wasn't the only one not overly impressed with His Dark Materials series. It took me about half a book to get even remotely into the story (and I read a book per day, so it shouldn't have taken as long). But I approve of his storyline or something along those lines.

And also I object to having The Da Vinci Code on this list! Why?!

There, I've said all I wanted to. Might as well get to work now. :D After being stuck on the balcony with a co-worker for half an hour, it makes for a nice change. Plus, there's a lot of it.
There's a lot of weird doubling up on the list and it can't seem to decide if it's a list of popular works or classics - because lets face it, not too many people would pick up anything by Hardy to read for pleasure unless they had to. (GAH! I hate the man! and he's been dead for over a century)

I kind of enjoyed "Northern Lights" but "The Subtle Knife" bored me, and took a weird turn at the end and "The Amber Spyglass" was a travesty of a book that basically betrayed everything that was good about the first because the author had to get his agenda across. I'm still annoyed by it.

Also, I swear to God, I'm the last person who read the Da Vinci Code and only because we were going to see the movie and everyone told me it would be too "complex" to understand if I didn't. You can imagine my opinion on that after having read it. :D
Your list looks rather like mine - I *seriously loathe* Thomas Hardy as well, so don't even think about Far From the Madding Crowd. It's as bad as Tess. I think what really offends me about Hardy is that I'm *sure* although cannot prove he is getting off on his raped / abused / oppressed women.

The Secret History is fabulous too - I tried her other (The Little Friend) and staggered through it but I didn't get on with it nearly as well.

Of the books you haven't read on les list I heartily heartily recommend Cloud Atlas - seriously, it's wonderful, absolutely wonderful. From the above list and the vague impression I have of your reading tastes from reading your LJ I think you would love it.
Hardy needs to DIAF (or burn in hell, seeing as he's already dead) because I had to study not one, but two of his books and all the lecturer could do was praise him endlessly for his revolutionary depiction of female characters and his giving voice to the oppressed. Meanwhile I'm sitting there gritting my teeth...

I haven't read any other books by Donna Tartt, but I might get it from the library out of curiosity and "Cloud Atlas" while I'm at it. :D
Whew! I love the comments about Tess--Maybe I should go read the cliff notes for it.