This I stole from eltea, though I also saw it elsewhere. 'Cause we kiddies like to read, yo. Word up.
The Big Read Meme
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.
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 ;-)
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - I've only read Northanger Abbey, and I adored it, so I dunno why I haven't gotten my act together yet...
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - a lot of these are up for a reread by now, since I read many of them in middle school... o_o
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the later ones, but I do have to give HP credit for getting me into fantasy in the first place.
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 - okay, I've only read the first one so far, but I really enjoyed it.
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 - I'm getting there, and I'm a Shakespeare dork, hence the categorization... :P
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - another one I need to revisit. ^_^
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - liked it, though I wouldn't say I "LOVE"d it. ;)
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Whah, Mistah Butlah!!
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - another that I liked but didn't fall in love with.
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 - expected to find it tedious, and though it was a little long, it wasn't too bad.
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - an acid trip in literary format, for the uninitiated. ;)
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - I've reread the first one, and had the others read to me as a child, but I need to get to the rest now that I have a well-developed brain...
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis - I liked it a lot, but "love" is a strong word. o___o
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres - this one is truly exquisite -- or it was in tenth grade... May need to be revisited as well. If it still lives up, all the better!
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 - it doesn't aspire to be anything more than it is, and I think the controversy is stupid. :P
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 - I ADORE Atwood. Oddly, of the three I did a research paper on, this wasn't one of them.
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding - THE CONCH, RALPH!! THE COOONNNCHHH...!!!!
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert - definitely needs a reread. Seventh grade, man. I had like four brain cells in seventh grade, and one of them focused on boys, another one focused on doodling, and a third focused on the epic fantasy trilogy I started that year.
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 - one of my all-time favorite books, hands down. SYDNEY CARTON IS HOT. ...Er, I mean... what?
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - chilling and amazing.
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 - eltea's roommate had a picture of this guy on her wall. He looked creepy. O_o
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville - CALL ME ISHMAEL, OR I WILL STAB YOU WITH A SPEAR!
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker - I liked Frankenstein pretty well... and my copy has Dracula in it, too, so I might as well give it a try. :P
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - eons ago, as an impressionable small child with dreams of princess-dom.
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man made me want to shoot myself, but I actually enjoyed "Araby," so I'm not quite sure where I stand on Joyce... Though Ulysses sounds like a bit of an ego trip. I'M MORE EXPERIMENTAL THAN YOU, NYAH!!
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 - I've seen the play, but I don't believe I've actually read it...
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 - I watched the cartoon movie a lot as a kid... :P
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Eltea will eat me alive if I don't get around to Mr. Holmes one of these days. ;)
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - a bit thick to get through, but... English was this guy's, what, eight billionth language?! Flipping incredible for that, at least...
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery - in the original French, no less!
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams - it's in "Donnie Darko"; I've gotta read it. Plus I've heard it's like Redwall, except cooler. XD
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas - though Dumas seems to have a gift for saying more than he needs to, my mom used to love this one in particular. And hey, "Casablanca" measured up.
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare - OMG BEST PLAY EVAR.
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - Whee!
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
I do wonder where the people are who balance me out statistically. Though on LiveJournal in particular, I think you're looking at a much more literate cross-section of the population than you would find elsewhere.
And I mean, if you're talking about adults in third world countries, uh... Duh?
So that's that. ;)