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The Big Read Meme
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It's doing the rounds, and I'm a sucker for memes like this:

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see."

  1. Look at the list and bold those you have read.
  2. Italicise those you intend to read.
  3. Underline the books you LOVE.
  4. Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

Quite a few read - more than I would have thought at first, but some glaring gaps which I've been meaning to fill for years (my inability to read any Dickens bar the Mudfog Papers, for example).

  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
  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 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-time - 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 (started, but not finished)
  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
  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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how can yo unot have read sherlock holmes!!!!!!

lil

Easy - I spent all my time reading Raymond Chandler instead.

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I've read 18. But I've read a few more books than that in total. It was proabably into 4 digits by the time I left home.

I've sat *near* dr. nick when he was reading Moby Dick.

Moby Dick was worth it. It's worth it just for the miscellaneous stuff about whaling. I doubt it's worth Nick reading "Catcher..." now, because he's not a teenager any more even in spirit. It was really good when I read it close to Holden's age but I suspect I wouldn't really enjoy it now.

What sort of "top 100" is this anyway? I didn't like Wasp Factory anywhere near as much as "Whit" or, to be more mainstream, "The Bridge" (or way less mainstream "Excession") so I doubt it's about popularity. On the other hand, from a literary point of view, how do we end up with "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" but not (unless I missed it) "Alice in Wonderland" ?

There's the usual distaste for genre unless it has been sanctified as mainstream fiction, so we can have Lewis and Tolkien but no Vernor Vinge, no Phil Dick (and on this sort of list they wouldn't have felt obliged to pick the unreadable "Ubik"), no Raymond Chandler...

Is it just a question of movies? I'm a bit scared now, looking at the list. Moby Dick? Check. Shakespeare? Check. His Dark Materials? Check. Wuthering Heights? Check. Catch 22? Check. Oh dear. This is a list of movies, some great movies of not so great books, and some terrible movies of novels that should never have gone near the big screen. Still doesn't explain choosing Charlie over Alice, since both were made into mediocre movies - nor the lack of Phil Dick now that I come to think about it.

Oh, and Rebecaa won't be the same after I saw that comedy sketch that has it backwards, with the first wife gradually becoming aware that actually everyone is waiting for her successor who they much prefer.

Oh, I'm just a ditz. Alice is in there.

I'd still like to read Catcher in the Rye, even though I'm no longer a teenager.

There are other books that I haven't read, and which I now suspect I couldn't read; E.E. "Doc" Smith's work falls into this category.

Here's mine

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Damn you, you're 5 books past me...

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Hugo.

Top 100 books by what criteria? Popular vote, number sold, critic selection or some other criteria?

The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?


The problem is that the list isn't quite the same as the BBC's "Big Read" top 100, and it looks like someone has half-heartedly tried to condense series - for example, on the original there are four Harry Potters listed indivudually, which seems to have become a single "Hary Potter series" entry.

Also, it seems a little out of order. I think it's right that HP and Narnia are condensed, though.

I'm not sure of the provenance of this list (I saw it first about a week ago); it clearly isn't quite the Big Read list, although much of the remainder is still there.

If it's actually based on the Big Read, that would make it popular vote.

I've read 50 of them, but aren't 6 all Harry Potter?? that is just cheating, thats not real reading. I am nearly finishing Rebecca at the minute, why didn't someone sit on me and make me read it before!!!!


Not worth copying a hundred to highlight four.

8, 47, 49, 81. Why is "Hamlet" not under "Complete works of"?

Given how much I enjoyed 8, I should locate and read 58. 47 is easily the worst book I've ever been forced to read. 49 is ace, and if you'd rather absorb it via the medium of film, you want the old black-and-white one if memory serves.

The weird thing about reading 81 is that you realise that the Muppet film adaptation is actually closer to the novel, at least in terms of dialogue, than quite a few "serious" adaptations.

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