I might have done this before, but for Molly I'll do it again. :) H/T to mollyringle
. (Who makes up these lists, anyway?)
Sayeth the meme...
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. I've read 63 of them, going by this list anyway.
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, and/or hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ.1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte4 The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee6 The Bible - God, et. al.
(I've read all of it, like some of it, and hate some of it.)7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Read some, but not all.)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger20 Middlemarch - George Eliot21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens 24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis34 Emma - Jane Austen35 Persuasion - Jane Austen36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
(This is the first volume of #33.)37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini38 Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
(The book title is just "Corelli's Mandolin." The movie, which wasn't as bad as it could have been but is nowhere near as good as the book, added the "Captain.")
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
(Brown is such a piss-poor writer that I am still stunned that anyone can list this miserable piece of hyena shit on a list of "great literature." If I owned a copy, I would burn it to prevent its being read by innocent bystanders. It is a bloody literary crime.)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(Meh - overrated.)61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
(This book is like having your head pushed slowly through a tub of Silly Putty.)71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens72 Dracula - Bram Stoker73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
(Bryson is a great writer but don't ever get an audio book where he reads his own stuff. He has a petulant, whiny voice with a faux
English accent that makes me wish to disembowel him slowly.)
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
(This is a classic case of Naked Emperor Syndrome. My idea of hell would be a comfortable armchair, a cold Bass ale, a footstool, and a bookshelf full of nothing but Joyce and William Fucking Faulkner.)
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry87 Charlotte's Web - EB White88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
(Like his namesake, Toole would be a mere footnote in history had he not died young and tragically. This is not a terrible book, but it is a deeply banal and stupid one.)
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo