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June 25th, 2008
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Another Book Reading Meme
I got this one from a few people. I don't know what "The Big Read" is and I'm wondering what they mean by the "top 100 books they've printed." Is "The Big Read" a publisher of some sort? Or do they print lists of books? In what sense are these "top"? Why are so many of them children's books? Why is it such a weird mix of pop culture and classics? I will investigate all of this later (and report back if anyone expresses interest). For now I'll just be a sheep (baaaaa) and do the meme.

The Big Read thinks 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 ;-)

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 -
I've read all of the Jewish bible, parts extensively, and most of the Christian 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 - Complete works? Come on! I think of myself as very familiar with the major plays, somewhat familiar with a few of the sonnets, and I have a passing acquaintance with some of the minor plays. And I can count some of the plays and poems as ones I love, but no I have not read Complete Works cover to cover.
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
I prefer Through the Looking Glass, but I love them both.
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 read the first one and disliked it intensely.
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
Umm. Isn't this the first book of the Chronicles of Narnia?
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
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
This is another weird one like having Chronicles of Narnia and then the first book in the series. Complete Works and Hamlet as two distinct choices?
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
And I've seen the show a few times, too!

Okay, so my total is 62 read. For the ones I loved, I went by how I felt at the time I first read them, although in some cases I have not read the books since adolescence and doubt I'd love them now.

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Date:June 25th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to ask, is it too late to claim the book you offered?
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Date:June 25th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Not at all. My extra copy of The Source, right? Just send me your snail mail address.
Date:June 25th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Faye Lewis
2842 Donjoy Dr
Hebron, KY 41048-8111

Thank you much!
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Date:June 25th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
If you learn more about the bckground of this please do share, I think it's a weird mix too.

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Date:June 25th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Okay, I found it. It turns out The Big Read is two things. One is a USAmerican literacy program, which was a red herring. But it was also a BBC survey, where people named their favorite books. And they published the names of the top 100 books named. It's here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml

You'll notice it's not the same as the one in my post (which I copied from yours, I think). There are lots of points of commonality, but it looks like the list mutated in the memetic process :-). I read 62 in the list posted above and 48 from the real list.
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Date:June 25th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see, thanks for the info :-) I read 26 from the real list.
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Date:June 25th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that info because I had the same questions you did. Although I HAVE done this meme before, probably 3 years ago. And it did prompt me to read certain titles such as "Hitchhiker's Guide" (which my flist roundly acosted me for having skipped up to that point), "The Lovely Bones" and "Great Expectations". I had a hard time deciding about the "love" catagory. Things that I loved in the past don't always age well. I always find it surprising which one do and dont. Now I just need to start reading some of those Russian novels!
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Date:June 25th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
My total is a mere 14. My Facebook Visual Bookshelf lists 90 titles that I have read.
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Date:June 26th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Some memes like this ask you to add one to the bottom which would make sense as to how such a list was generated... but that doesn't seem to be the case.

I would add one more category of "decoration" for books that are on your bookshelf but you haven't got to yet. "A Fine Balance" fits into that category for me.

Why am I reading this instead of writing?
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Date:June 27th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Also... I sent you Chapter 22; check your junk if you didn't get it. Thanks!
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