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28 June 2008 @ 08:33 pm
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For keeperofmadness, because he needs ways to waste time during his residency:  The 100 book meme.  Bold the ones you've read.  Italics for the ones you intend to read.  Underline the ones you loved.  Strikeout the ones you hated.

The premise (from the Big Read [who?]) is that the average person hasn't read more'n six of these.  As one or more of my flist have said, haven't most people been to high school?  Though I will admit, I did my damnedest to avoid the classes where I would be forced to read stuff from this sort of list.  Just checked: read exactly one for a high school class - keeperofmadness' favorite, but high school ruined it for me.  I seem to have voluntarily read all the rest on my own. 

Don't have much in the underline or strikeout  - or even italics.  I guess I'm just not that passionate about this particular list.  But I am impressed that I hit 42 of them, because most of my reading falls into one of two categories: science stuff, or unmitigated trash fiction.

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
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (does book on tape count?)
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 (um – don't think I finished it; don't remember)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (well ok, only most of 'em)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler'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 (I loved the real, actual original radio broadcasts; can't say as the books were quite as good)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice’s Adventures 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 (I might not have finished it – can't remember)
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
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins  (I started it...)
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  (well, ok; I liked "The Little Princess" better)
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath  (Weird.  Warped.  Scary.  A good thing to read, but I can't say I loved it.  Might have hated it at one time.)
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  (I loved these when I read them as a teenager; can't say as I'd be as enthralled now.)
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

What would be of more interest is what y'all think I should read that I haven't.  If you think I'd like any of that stuff that I haven't yet seen, that is.  Also, do you have any really interesting or really funny or really whatever comments about any of those books?
stevendj on June 29th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Of the ones you haven't read (and I have), I'd say Anne of Green Gables, Animal Farm, and Possession are worth a look. (Although, actually, I'd start with Orwell's essays and nonfiction books, and move onto his fiction if you like those. And you might prefer the Emily of New Moon series to the Anne books.) I liked Les Miserables, but it depends how you feel about thousand-page 19th-century novels.
Selkiselki on June 29th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Seconding Anne of Green Gables, and Animal Farm is at least short. :-)

Betonica, if you ever do inclined to read Dracula, I highly recommend reading it episodically, either from the Dracula Blogged (with some interesting pictures/maps of book locations), or the LJ community that blogged it, Dracula 1897 (lots of comments for most entries!)
or back in 2006, different set of comments:
LJ, with different LJ accounts/icons for each of the different diarists/recorders/letter-writers:
betonicabetonica on June 29th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. Dracula. Can't think why I didn't do that one in italics on the list.

Do you mean you recommend I not read Dracula as originally written, but interspersed with blog comments? Seems a strange way to read a book for the first time. On the other hand, I definitely appreciated my annotated Shakespeare - made so much more of it make sense.
Selkiselki on June 30th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
Re: dracula
What I like about reading it episodically (one diary entry, telegram, or letter at a time) is the close reading that encourages -- I notice more that way. The comments are per diary entry etc., not interspersed with the text, but in the comments section as with any blog entry. But, then, I had read Dracula the ordinary way to begin with.
betonicabetonica on June 29th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I actually like long 19thC novels, so :Les Miserables: might go over well. (Or, like about a quarter of what I pick up, I might put it down and not get back to it until I don't remember what I've already read.) I've put the rest on my to-read list as well.
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betonicabetonica on June 29th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Hamlet within Shakespeare, Lion Witch & Wardrobe w/in Narnia Chronicles - it's a far from perfect list (though I guess The Hobbit really is separate from LotR). I'm not sure what I think of this list being The List to read, though some of the stuff on it is good. Er. Depending on your taste.

I am *so* glad I wasn't subjected to the "X is for girls" stuff when I was young - it would have annoyed me no end. Or perhaps I would have intentionally gone after the boys stuff, just because I was quietly ornery in that way. And I did read bunches of science fiction, too. And took math classes, and stuff like that. But all in all, I was mostly pretty girly.

I've read all of Austen, so that list makes me look good, but really, dropping a few of her titles and adding more science fiction seems quite rational.