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the big read meme
The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books they've printed below.

01. Look at the list and bold those you have read.
02. Italicise those you intend to read
03. Underline the books you LOVE.
04. Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've only read 6 and force books upon them.

001 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
002 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
003 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
004 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

005 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
006 The Bible (parts....)
007 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
008 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

009 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
010 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
011 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

012 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
013 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

014 Complete Works of Shakespeare (parts....)
015 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
016 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

017 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
018 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

019 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
020 Middlemarch - George Eliot
021 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
022 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

023 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
024 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
025 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

026 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
027 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

028 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
029 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

030 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
031 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
032 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
033 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

034 Emma - Jane Austen
035 Persuasion - Jane Austen
036 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

037 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
038 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
039 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
040 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
041 Animal Farm - George Orwell

042 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
043 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
044 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
045 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
046 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

047 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
048 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
049 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

050 Atonement - Ian McEwan
051 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
052 Dune - Frank Herbert

053 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

054 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

055 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
056 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
057 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
058 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

059 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
060 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
061 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

062 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
063 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
064 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
065 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
066 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
067 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
068 Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding

069 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
070 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
071 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
072 Dracula - Bram Stoker
073 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

074 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
075 Ulysses - James Joyce
076 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
077 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
078 Germinal - Emile Zola
079 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

080 Possession - AS Byatt
081 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

082 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
083 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
084 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
085 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
086 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
087 Charlotte's Web - EB White

088 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
089 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

090 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
091 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

092 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (part of it... in French)
093 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
094 Watership Down - Richard Adams

095 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
096 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
097 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
098 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
099 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So... 36%, and I've never even heard some of these. (Did anyone else notice that there are sets in here? And
The Chronicles of Narnia
is one entry, and
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
is another? We should get credit for each individual book, not the set as one book, IMO.)

i feel: amused amused

6 trips or shoot the rapids
noveldevice From: noveldevice Date: June 25th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)
You haven't read To Kill A Mockingbird? I thought it was pretty much standard required reading in high school; it's a shame you missed it. That's one of those that I think everyone should read.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 25th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Nope, but I read a lot of Shakespeare that's not there. I mean, they omitted MacBeth, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet? Travesty.
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: June 25th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)
This is a weird list. Whose top 100? And whose top 100 has Bridget Jone's Diary in it? (I mean, not that there's anything wrong with that, I liked the book, but I don't know if I'd consider it great literature or anything...)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 25th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Or The Da Vinci Code?

I don't write the memes; I just perpetuate them. ;-)
crayolaab From: crayolaab Date: June 25th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I've read 43 fully and 3 partials (not all of Shakespeare, all of the Old Testament but only part of the New, and part of the Kite Runner) - I don't know how anyone could get through school having read fewer than 6 of those books,though I agree it's a weird top 100 list!
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: June 25th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC) (base camp)
It seems very unfair that "The complete works of William Shakespeare" is a single book.

Only 3 that I've never heard of at all. So even if I haven't read them all, apparently I've at least been exposed to literature
6 trips or shoot the rapids