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A meme I can get behind [Sep. 18th, 2003|01:25 pm]
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Stolen from danodea

Bold the ones you've read

1984, George Orwell
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
The BFG, Roald Dahl
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
Catch 22, Joseph Heller
The Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
Dune, Frank Herbert
Emma, Jane Austen
The Faerie Queene, Spenser
Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
The Godfather, Mario Puzo
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Sorceror's Stone, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling

His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams
...and the other 4 books of the "trilogy"...
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
Holes, Louis Sachar
The Iliad, Homer
I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
Katherine, Anya Seton
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis
...and the other 6 Narnia books...
Little Men, Louisa May Alcott
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien
Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blighton
Magician, Raymond E Feist
...and the rest of the Midkemia novels...
The Magus, John Fowles
Matilda, Roald Dahl
Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
Middlemarch, George Eliot

Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
Mort, Terry Pratchett
Night Watch, Terry Pratchett

Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
The Odyssey, Homer
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

On The Road, Jack Kerouac
The Once and Future King, T. H. White
One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Perfume, Patrick Siskind
Persuasion, Jane Austen
The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen

The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
The Ragged Trousered Philantrhopists, Robert Tressell
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
The Stand, Stephen King
The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Tess Of The D'urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Twits, Roald Dahl
Ulysses, James Joyce
Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy
Watership Down, Richard Adams
The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne

The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

Not a bad number of them, though there are some others on the list I should have read by now. And no Shakespeare....

[User Picture]From: scouseboy
2003-09-18 02:46 pm (UTC)
You've read a lot of fabulous books there, a large number of which I haven't read myself.
But you have to, have to, have to read Perfume by Patrick Siskund.
No joke. Do it. Do it now.
If you want, I'll SEND YOU MY COPY, because you HAVE TO READ IT. I'll pay postage and everything.
Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

BTW, I've friended you. Hope you don't mind.
And if you dont read Perfume, I'll have to withdraw my friendship.

And you have to read The World According To Garp too. But then you probably have.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-18 07:04 pm (UTC)
I have read Garp. I will look for a copy of Perfume, though can't promise when I will read it - fulltime job and fulltime student means no time for pleasure reading - something you can obviously see I once enjoyed greatly.

I'm tickled that you've friended me!
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[User Picture]From: songhawk
2003-09-19 06:03 am (UTC)
*peers at the list* You mean there are some who read the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but *didn't* read the rest of the series? *swoons in shock*.

OK, I'm a children's librarian *and* the sort of person who checks out likely wardrobes, I admit it freely...

(According to this article there two different wardrobes that belonged to Lewis in two different museum each claiming to be *the* wardrobe. Relic-based pilgrimages are not dead... )

And yes, I know access to that world from this was closed off in 1949; doesn't keep me from wishing...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-19 06:35 am (UTC)
Oh believe me, I understand the wishing. The other day when storm clouds came in and it got really dark here on campu and the old-fashioned lamp post outside my window turned on, I wanted desperately to go out there and find Narnia.
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[User Picture]From: zigurat
2003-09-19 07:00 am (UTC)
Read The Count of Monte Cristo. However long it takes you, read it. Don't see the movie, or judge the book by it, for goodness' sake. It is the most awesomely huge tapestry of a story that I have ever seen, and by and large, it's gripping. There are parts that are slow because you don't know how they fit or even what they are about at first, but just stay with it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-19 07:06 am (UTC)
I took a stab at it once in highschool and didn't make it through, but there are a bunch of books I have read since then that I couldn't get through back then - Thackeray's Vanity Fair is brilliant.

I will add it to my list of books to read when I get time. Bug me again in, oh, a decade....

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[User Picture]From: zigurat
2003-09-19 08:45 am (UTC)
You know, you don't have to finish what you start.

Books, school, whatever. But TCOMC is worth it. Don't the busiest people find time to read more than others? Focus on the important, not the urgent. Reading good literature is, in fact, more important than briefing every case.

This has been the voice of temptation speaking. Or has it? Has it been the voice of reason?
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