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Reading meme

Copied from thirteen_ravens.

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish and underline the ones you've seen the movies of.

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 (gave up while they were in stuck in the forest in Deathly Hallows... too much going on IRL to be able to stand it)

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 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 Graham

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 Berniere

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
(loved it!)

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert (tried it in high school... the treatment of mental discipline was just not believable and I do not care to read about godlike humans)

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 (this is on here?? cool.)

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’s 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 (gah and my mother had most of these... but never heard of this one)

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (in English and French!)

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams (many many times, this is one of my favourite books)

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

I got 22, of the ones I actually finished. I thought I was better read than that.



( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 21st, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
I'm good at starting books and bad at finishing them, unless they're really engrossing. Everyone loves Watership Down, and believe me, I've tried to read it, but I just can't get into it!
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
What kind of books do you like?
Nov. 21st, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Both nonfiction and fiction. Nonfiction is more likely to hold my attention. I enjoy murder mysteries and crime stories, both real and fictional, because they're the most suspenseful. Also some travel books by Bill Bryson, science fiction, and fiction and nonfiction about dysfunctional families.
Nov. 21st, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
I like crime stories too. Have you read anything by Dean Koontz? If you did, I'm curious what you think.

I don't read very much nonfiction except for architecture and interior design books.
Nov. 21st, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
dang it, you distracted me from what I was doing~!

Nov. 21st, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
Oooooh it's from the BBC. I read the list on shashigai's journal and thought "Bloody insular Americans, not an Aussie book on it, classic or no."

Nov. 21st, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Bloody insular Brits?

What are the big fantasy or SF publishing houses in Australia? I thought Jessica Kingsley who do a lot of autism publishing were in Australia because they're the ones who do Donna Williams' books, but I just looked them up and they're in the UK. So that means I don't know any Australian publishers. :(

- j-t
Nov. 22nd, 2010 06:25 am (UTC)
um, voyager is the big fantasy one. We have a LOT of awesome fantasy writers. Lemme look that up, it is voyager-something. lol!
(Tired, just had a big day, will answer properly later)
Nov. 22nd, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
It's ok, I found it. New things to read. :D
Nov. 22nd, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Bloody insular Brits then *takes a bow*
Which Aussie books would you have put on the list?
Nov. 23rd, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)
hehe *grins* You should hear my sister who has lived the past 12 yrs in London - she reckons us Aussies are incredibly insular lol! I think she is right on things like our refugee/immigration policiy and finance etc.

Hmmm.... Aussie books for the list? Well, I would find it pretty hard to not do the thing the original person did and just add in some random ones I happen to really like. But in terms of Aussie classics I would be saying
My Brilliant Career (Miles Davis I think)
I Can Jump Puddles
Blinky Bill
Dot and the Kangaroo
Ginger Megs
The Magic Pudding
Anything by Ruth Park
The Shiralee by Darcy Niland
A few more Nevil Shute I think (eg On the Beach)
Any Bony books
The Thorn Birds
Robbery Under Arms
For the Term of his Natural Life
The Fatal Shore
Any Jon Cleary
A short History of Australia
Country (or something else by Tim Flannery)
Storm Boy by Colin Theile
Seven Little Australians
Anything by Tim Winton
Victor Kelleher
Anything by Henry Lawson
Wildcat Falling
My Place by Sally Morgan
Judith Wright
Mary Gilmore
Oodgeroo Nunuccal
Banjo Patterson
Henry Lawson

There you go. Long list of books or authors you have barely heard of? *grins*

Nice to meet you Walkie. Getting to the dreaming through quantum physics? how interesting *smiles* Makes sense really :-)
Mary Gilmore

Nov. 25th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
hey! tigerweave

honoured to met you. i mean, i might always be wrong (of course) but anyone who makes a big impression on daria is likely well-worth meeting IMO

i read your comment in my e-mail and was momentarily perplexed:

getting to the dreaming through quanytum physiics, hmm? is that really what i do? and how in heck have i given that away? oh yeah, it's implicit in my name, i suppose....but, hang on...

and then i read j-t's comment. lol

don;t expect me to post much. i am slowwww and easily distracted...er, sort of, in a single-bloody-minded aspie sort of way. like some kinda mechanical butterfly, perhaps
(i weigh my words carefully, tentatively ask my muse's opinion, then throw the little buggers to the winds...

call it an execise in not writing poetry

ah, but the book lost. that's the point, isn't it? *grin*

the heck it is, but for what it's worth, nope not heard of anyone but neville shute ( i probably read all his books in my teens, and yes, definitely "On the Beach" should be on the list
Nov. 25th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
whaaaaa...if you clumsily submit before your done, you can't edit? oh wow! this is really not a walkie-friendly system, but let's persist with it? why not? i persist in the tangible universe after all, which is even worse.

"this is the way the world ends
Not with a bang, but a whimper" TS Eliot. And nevil shute made a full length novel out of that observation. and it was good. And so true. so yes, On the Beach.

was shute an aussie? ha! Of course he was, for the same reason it's blindingly obvious that Shakespeare was italian (wasn't he?)but somehow that never impinged on my consciousness before

heh, life. ya can't live with it and ya can't live without it...can you? probably not, but where's the emperical evidence, eh?

yours irreverently,
walkie :)
Nov. 25th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
PS "book lost" should read "book list". other typos are not so ambiguous, unless i missed one (why must keyboard be made of this frustrating concrete material? and my fingers also? and my brain of flimsy biodegradable neurones? etceteras *sigh* why can't we just speak directly mind-to-mind? oh yeah, cos there's too much of Me in the way. and You too, i should think. of course. and if it wasn't so, then we'd forget the difference and have nothing left to say. so tough: let's just pretend to communicate and like it *grin*)
Nov. 25th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
so tough: let's just pretend to communicate and like it *grin*

*cracks up laughing*

Gawd I missed you and I didn't even know it.

- Dar (do you grok this foreign system enough to recognize the icons or should I keep signing posts?)
Nov. 25th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
ummm, getting to feel my way around, but the icons don't always show up when you want them to, or else i think they'd be perfectly sufficient

hey! thanks! *smile*

(oooo..i just noticed "Check spelling during preview" dare i? ...no, i daren't. i mean, heck, i actually made the classic mistake of running the reference section of an essay through the spell-checker once, haha. and now i can't recall what it made of Perlmutter, but i do recall failing that module)
Nov. 22nd, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh! Oh! Leonie, this is Walkie. She's the one Daria told you gets to the dreaming through quantum physics. She's our Bach remedy consultant. :D
Nov. 22nd, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
I've read thirty-two :) Can't bold/italcise, cos you have already bolded and italicised yours

Nov. 22nd, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Hi Walkie! Actually I looked it up and the book list doesn't even come from an article on how many books anyone's read, somebody just adapted it themselves from a "vote for your favourite books" list from 2003 and probably put all their own favourites on it.

What you can do is copy and paste the list into Notepad, which will take away all the formatting. Or if you're making a new post you can just click on the HTML tab instead of the Rich Text tab, paste it there, and then switch back to Rich Text in order to bold and italicize the things you want.
Nov. 25th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)

i can fill it with a hundred books i've read from end to end and you haven't! Woot!

but might not the tme be better spent in reading a good book?

hmmm, thinks so, but hang on...

might not the time be better spent in vacillating and procrastinating?

a rather more dubious proposition, for sure, bu i just had to add it for the sake of realism


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