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Killing a little time while waiting for documents to convert: book meme! [Jun. 29th, 2008|02:21 pm]
Zoethe
It's staggering to me to think that there is even a chance that the average adult has only read six of these books! But on to the meme:

The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books they've printed below.

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 only six 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
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 (I've read a lot of them, but not every play.)
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 - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. 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 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' 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
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[User Picture]From: theinfamousmom
2008-06-29 06:55 pm (UTC)
I've read 27 of them, several of which I wish I hadn't. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-06-29 06:59 pm (UTC)
There are only a couple that I didn't like.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2008-06-29 07:12 pm (UTC)
One survey I read about suggested that something like a third of all Americans have not read a book in the last year. Wow.

That list is a bit strange, though -- like the fact that Hamlet is contained within the complete works of Shakespeare. What is the "Big Read"?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-06-29 07:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, and The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe is listed separately from The Chronicles of Narnia.

The Big Read is a project of the National Endowment of the Arts. But the survey seems not to be working at this time.
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[User Picture]From: soldiergrrrl
2008-06-29 07:18 pm (UTC)
They don't have an option for "books you started but they sucked so bad you never finished them," or "books you were forced to read at gradepoint and they soured you on 'great literature' for a long time."

They need those.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-06-29 07:26 pm (UTC)
There definitely should be a "started and hated" choice. In some ways I feel lucky that I had a terrible education and read almost no great literature in school - I am certain I liked it much better for reading it in my 30s.
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[User Picture]From: soldiergrrrl
2008-06-29 07:29 pm (UTC)
I bounced in and out of Honors English, so I got a mishmash of "great" literature.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2008-06-29 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yes. I hated "Catcher In The Rye" when I was forced to read it in high school, I have a feeling if I managed to re-read it now I would appreciate it a bit more. It'll probably take me another ten years before I can look at any of those high school books besides "All Quiet On The Western Front" and "To Kill A Mockingbird" without cringing.
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2008-06-29 08:14 pm (UTC)
Got 20 of 'em...
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[User Picture]From: everypoembreaks
2008-06-29 09:10 pm (UTC)
28. (Plus one that I'm currently reading.) A lot more than I was expecting, actually.
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[User Picture]From: mamaursula
2008-06-29 10:11 pm (UTC)
I've only read 28 of them and most of those quite a long time ago. There are a lot more modern literature on the list now that I have not gotten around to reading, my reading time is being cut into by my knitting. I would like to read The Time Traveler's Wife, my husband enjoyed it a lot.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2008-06-29 10:22 pm (UTC)
Just curious, have you tried audio books? I find when I feel like reading and knitting at the same time they're better than nothing, although I really prefer movies with my knitting because I sometimes get restless and want some other visual stimulation.
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[User Picture]From: unamundamour
2008-06-30 02:48 am (UTC)
The audio version of Time Traveler's Wife bothered me. Maybe they've fixed it, but the one I heard was poorly done, and I adore the book. (Water for Elephants, on the other hand, was an amazing audio read.) The books that are pre-loaded onto a business card-sized player that you can borrow from the library have been a delightful discovery for me!
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2008-06-30 03:10 am (UTC)
I must admit, I largely stick to radio dramas and podcasts for my own non-music listening pleasure, mostly because audio books tend to be so expensive! At least the ones I've considered buying in stores. I have never heard of what you're saying about the library, but I sort of live in the boonies (literally, Boone, NC), so it's not a surprise that the dinky little county library here doesn't have them. Maybe after I move up north. XD

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From: wildcelticrose
2008-06-30 12:08 am (UTC)
My friendz-they iz literary
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[User Picture]From: delosd
2008-06-30 01:24 am (UTC)
Just eight, I'm afraid. I've never been much of one for the classics. When someone says: "You've GOT to read this - it's a classic!" I start to run.

(I don't go to see movies that have won Oscars within the last 40 years or so either.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-06-30 02:18 am (UTC)
The difference between you techy guys and us English majors. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: tevriel
2008-06-30 01:57 am (UTC)
I have read well more than 6; begun but not finished a few more than that, to be honest.

But numbers are affected by:

1) "Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" are two entries? Looool subsets.

2) Some of those books are total crap. The Da Vinci Code? Sorry, no. Reading that to Complete My Reading Education or whatever is the literary equivalent of trying crystal meth because you know, I just haven't had a full enough life experience unless I do.

3) Complete Works of Shakespeare? Please. If nothing else, not all of his works were even that good. There's a reason some of his plays are largely forgotten - they're the ones that kind of suck. And his poetry is fine, but unless you really looove poetry in general and sonnets in particular, it'll just be a grind.

4) Thomas Hardy is seriously over-represented in that list.

I could go on, but I may have done so too much already.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-06-30 07:26 am (UTC)
It's not a perfect list, certainly.
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[User Picture]From: tlknfrgs
2008-06-30 02:01 am (UTC)
haste haste on Life of Pi...truly one of my favorite books of all time. I give it as a gift as often as I can!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-06-30 07:27 am (UTC)
Erin read it and loved it. I keep meaning to do so.
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2008-06-30 04:18 am (UTC)
I've read 21 of those. I am currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird so I haven't counted that yet. Several are on my to read list. Some were forced on me in school and I hated them.
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[User Picture]From: ser_kai
2008-06-30 04:24 am (UTC)
I've read about 2/3, maybe more. :-)

Thankyou for the reading list.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-06-30 07:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, 2/3 is about where I am.
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[User Picture]From: dweezel
2008-06-30 04:35 am (UTC)
I have only read 7, 3 of them in English class. I tried to read the whole Bible, but got very disheartened after Job and decided to stop. Besides, the good books on the list have been made into movies anyway. :)
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[User Picture]From: celamity
2008-06-30 05:54 am (UTC)
Ugh, I wish the da vinci code would just go away.

I've read 37. One of them is the bible. The da vinci code is not one of them.
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From: jennb45
2008-06-30 02:34 pm (UTC)
There is some seriously weird stuff on this list and a whole lotta important authors totally missing. Where's Vonnegut, Hemingway, Wharton, Morrison, Faulkner, Joyce, Woolfe.

Plus there are plenty of books on there that seem a little too much like disposable pop and not a whole lot like literature.

But, otherwise I got 43. Does that mean I need to get more of a life or that I read too much?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-02 08:31 pm (UTC)
I got 67, so my opinion is that you need *more* reading time!

;-)
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[User Picture]From: wyrrlen
2008-06-30 02:46 pm (UTC)
From the list, I have fully finished 10 of the 100. I have started and not completed another 13. I've meant to read another 6 or so on the list. I fully expected to be the 6 out of 100 but high school lit saved me with Gatsby, Heart of Darkness, Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations.

I'm a little annoyed with the list, though. The Bible? What about the Quoran? Old Testament or New? Please. Then there's the issue of both the Chronicles of Narnia and Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe (As well as complete works of Shakespeare and Hamlet). That seems like someone wanting to either a) Fill a full list to 100 or b) get double credit for their niche reading. I'd have replaced one of those with For Whom the Bell Tolls and/or Gone to Soldiers.
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[User Picture]From: dakiwiboid
2008-06-30 03:25 pm (UTC)

Damn it!

This is NOT the same list that was passed on to me. I need to see the original source.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-06-30 05:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Damn it!

Sorry - I don't know where it originated.
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[User Picture]From: dakiwiboid
2008-06-30 04:00 pm (UTC)

I figured out why there are two lists.

The meme is false. The original, official Big Read list resides here, at the BBC web site. There is no mention whatsoever at that site of "the average adult has read only six of these books". The Big Read was a search for Britain's BEST-LOVED NOVEL. I have no idea where that comes from. Damn it, I hate urban legends, even in memes.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-01 01:37 am (UTC)

Re: I figured out why there are two lists.

Yes, it is a different list. I have read 60 off that version of the list, 67 off this version.
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