Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Big Read

Tangobaby tagged me with this fun meme. She knows that reading makes me happy. If you would like to play along, please consider yourself tagged.

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. Who cares? This was just fun to do, is all. Plus, I want to see yours.
  • Look at the list and bold those you have read.
  • Italicize those you intend to read.
  • Underline the books you love.
  • Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or for whatever reason loathe.
  • Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve only read 6 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. The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  6. The Bible
  7. Wuthering Heights - Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
  9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott(I loathe it, though. I know that's practically unAmerican. Please don't hate me. Please come visit me again.)
  12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (A little less than half is bold because I've read a little less than 1/2 of his complete works)
  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 (I didn't finish, too hard to follow. Plus, Jeffrey says the ending is sad, sad, sad. No thanks. )
  20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
  21. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (I tried, Nancy. I really did.)
  22. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy ("No freaking way. " ~ Tangobaby. Ditto, TB)
  25. The Hitchhiker’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 - C.S. 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. Captian Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh - A. A. 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 (Actually, I am dying to read this one. I totally loved The Moonstone!)
  46. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery (I tried and tried and tried. Yawn.)
  47. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy(One sentence of Hardy is enough for anybody.)
  48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (hated this!!)
  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 (ICK!)
  54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon (How do you double underline? Love, love, love this book!)
  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 (You'll think me a philistine, but I won't read this book. I know the ending.)
  62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (Blech! Do you actually know the premise of this book? I couldn't do it. I tried.)
  65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
  66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac (Puh Leeze! Try Neil Cassidy instead. Much better.)
  67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding (Skip her second one. It stunk as badly as the second movie.)
  69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville (You're kidding me, right?)
  71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (This book on in my top 10 all-time best list.)
  74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses - James Joyce (Really. I have. ...Ok. I admit it. It was for a college class.)
  76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (She had me for a while, but I thought the book lost its power from about the middle on. In the end, I thought it turned out to be over-rated and self-important.)
  77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal - Emile Zola
  79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  80. Possession - AS Byatt (I thought the movie was pretty good. The book was difficult to follow and I gave up because the writing quality just wasn't worth all the effort.)
  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 - E.B. White (Again with the sad endings. Try Stuart Little instead.)
  88. The Five People You Met In Heaven - Mitch Ablom
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (too wrenching and sad for me)
  92. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint Exupery
  93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down - Richard Adams (Ick and double ICK!)
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole (gotta read it for the title alone)
  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 (Well, I loved parts of it. I also skipped a few of the social commentary parts of it.)

Happy blogging. Happy reading.

The beautiful book photos were taken by Zsaj and me*voila.


Jessica said...

I'm always looking for a good book to read. I love LOVE reading so very much. I'm printing this list out and putting it in my library bag so when I head to the library, I have a whole list of book options! We've certainly read a lot of the same books!

Something White said...

Dear Relyn, yes, I do like reading as well, but unfortunately time is lacking very often to sit down. Some of the works in your list I read as well, but there are still a lot to go... In the evening - when the children have gone to bed - I like to turn over some interior-books or spiritual things. By the way, I made two albums with holiday-pictures. So, if you like, I invite you to go to: here and here! :D
Have a nice day, love, Marjolijn

Something White said...

PS. I take part in a Dutch/Belgian ladies-club of interior-addicts and we all made such a picasa-album.

tangobaby said...

Hi relyn!

I love your list and your comments! I do not hate you because of the Little Women thing. I read it and remember very little of it, so that shows you it didn't make much of an impression on me either. I just remember the part about Beth dying.

I was also very glad to see what you wrote about The Handmaid's Tale, as I realized I meant to comment on that and hadn't. I adore Margaret Atwood. I have probably read all of her books except for her poetry and essays. Handmaid, to me, is sensationalist and not one of her best books. People know about it because of the subject matter but she has written better, IMHO.

Ditto on The Bell Jar and books with sad endings!

Thanks for playing!


Yolanda said...


Patti said...

I just LOVE reading and had a lot of fun doing this! I actually reprinted it into an e-mail as well and sent it to my book club girls! Thanks for posting it!

Gappy Reading!

Patti said...

Sorry- I meant Happy Reading!!! I can't stand that there is no spell check and the teacher in me CRINGES when I do that because I am not a very good typer!!!

tangobaby said...

I though Gappy Reading was cute.

Krissy said...

My favorite book of all time #92!
I've read 19 of these. I think I need to read more :)

studio wellspring said...

you're so fantastic. i love this reading list game ~ it gives such interesting insight into each other. i got tagged by tangobaby too, but haven't had a chance to tackle this one yet. perhaps this weekend i will have the time while i'm in oregon? it'll have to be while my niece is napping tho because i need to maximize my time with her ~ she's turning two!

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