I've read 27 of them, several of which I wish I hadn't. :)
There are only a couple that I didn't like.
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"?
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.
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.
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.
I bounced in and out of Honors English, so I got a mishmash of "great" literature.
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.
28. (Plus one that I'm currently reading.) A lot more than I was expecting, actually.
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.
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.
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!
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
Edited at 2008-06-30 03:10 am (UTC)
My friendz-they iz literary
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.)
The difference between you techy guys and us English majors. ;-)
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.
It's not a perfect list, certainly.
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!
Erin read it and loved it. I keep meaning to do so.
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.
I've read about 2/3, maybe more. :-)
Thankyou for the reading list.
Yeah, 2/3 is about where I am.
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. :)
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.
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?
I got 67, so my opinion is that you need *more* reading time!
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.
This is NOT the same list that was passed on to me. I need to see the original source.
2008-06-30 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Damn it!
Sorry - I don't know where it originated.
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.
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.