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Because I'm sleepy: Book Meme Revisited [May. 3rd, 2010|09:28 pm]
Zoethe
Bold the ones you’ve read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you’ve read part of, and no cheating. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn’t count. Abridged versions don’t count either. BTW, according to the BBC if you’ve read 7 of these, you are above the average. (I think this part may be urban legend.)

Total Completely Read: 62

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- 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
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
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

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
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 - 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 Inferno – Dante
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: scarfman
2010-05-04 01:37 am (UTC)

I got about a dozen in before I hit seven.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-04 01:46 am (UTC)
The original list actually has HP and the Goblet of Fire, not all the books. I should correct.
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2010-05-04 01:55 am (UTC)
I hit 40 complete, with another few partials. To be fair though, in January 2008 my total would have been maybe a dozen less, so my "Great Books" project must be paying off.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-04 02:03 am (UTC)
Oh, I've picked up five in the last couple years, thanks to an effort to read Great Books. And all but about 10 of them post formal education. I did my first "read great books" campaign when Amy was a baby.
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[User Picture]From: vespurrs
2010-05-04 02:29 am (UTC)
I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend The Shadow of the Wind. I adored that novel. The prose was lyrical.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-04 02:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation!
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[User Picture]From: everypoembreaks
2010-05-04 02:55 am (UTC)
Seconded.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-05-04 05:00 am (UTC)
20 full and another 5 partial on this version of the list, but I still think I should get at least 5 points for making it all the way through Ulysses.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-04 11:21 am (UTC)
I haven't even attempted it, so feel free to help yourself to some extra points!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-04 11:22 am (UTC)
It's not a list of GREAT books. It's a list of British viewers' FAVORITE books.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-04 07:58 pm (UTC)
I can't disagree.
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[User Picture]From: alumiere
2010-05-04 09:54 am (UTC)
http://alumiere.livejournal.com/410045.html

5 partly read, 64 read in full. Scary, especially that much of this is classic lit, written by non-POC authors; not by any stretch my favorite type of book.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-04 11:26 am (UTC)
Wow, someone who beats me! I'm impressed!!!
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[User Picture]From: eriknoble
2010-05-04 06:50 pm (UTC)
There's more than 7 in my high school required reading list. I also think it's interesting that the list has Hamlet separate from the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Same with Lion/Witch/Wardrobe....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-04 07:59 pm (UTC)
The list is not lacking in sloppiness, I grant you.
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[User Picture]From: cryduchat
2010-05-04 07:02 pm (UTC)
32 although, if I could wipe Dan Brown out of my memory I would.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-04 08:00 pm (UTC)
There are decidedly better books on the list.
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[User Picture]From: cryduchat
2010-05-05 02:37 pm (UTC)
Speaking of better books (and totally OT), I just baked my first round loaf of totally awesome beer bread using Paul Hollywood's "100 Best Breads."

For $8 it has a heckuva lot of bread porn.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-05 03:41 pm (UTC)
Ooo.... I have not baked since we got back - still sort of out of it. Will have to get some bread underway soon. Thank you for inspiring me.
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[User Picture]From: scarletdemon
2010-05-05 11:41 am (UTC)
33 and a few partials. I've also read books that aren't on the list but are by the same authors. So what I'm saying is... I can read. Honest. Hehehe.
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2010-05-10 05:32 am (UTC)
Twenty seven. A few where school enforced and I wish I could obliterate Lord of the Flies and probably Grapes of Wrath. Others are on the will eventually get to it list.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-10 12:06 pm (UTC)
Weirdly enough, the two you mention, plus A Tale of Two Cities, were the only school-assigned ones on the list for me.
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