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"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) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) 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 - started it.
4 The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling – the last couple were a bit of a wade, but I liked the first one.

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - if I could underline multiple times I would.
6 The Bible
– most of it. Skipped a few pages of begats and shalt nots.
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman – I read the first one, meh.

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – What larks, Pip! What larks!
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller – hey, do you think Secretary Heller is named after this guy, cause, if so, win!
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – complete works? No.
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
– the structure! *Swoons*
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 – started it.
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh – saw the series. Mmmm, English guys…
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 - started it.
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis  -
isn’t this covered under 33? There’s no book called the chronicles. It’s the whole set, surely.

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 – hated it.
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 – great movie.
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth Started it, too heavy for the beach, I mean to get back to it.

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez started it.
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold – meh.
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy –

68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville - started, didn't finish
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 it. Might try it again.
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt –

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas
83 The Color Purple, Alice Walker – I think I started this. I can’t remember if I finished it. Not a good sign.
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 – read Tuesdays with Maurie, and pass.
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 St. 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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Date: 2008-06-28 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me neither. I think they're missing some good ones, as well. But I think it's a best seller type list rather than a greatest books of all time kind of list. At least I hope so, because Da Vinci Code is So. Not. One of those.

Date: 2008-06-28 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cool list. I haven't heard of some of these books but the titles sound interesting.

I can't read The DiVinci Code. It's this decades The Bridges of Madison County.

You are very well read. I'm impressed. And you've read Hitchhiker Guide. Excellent.

Date: 2008-06-28 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, god, yes. The DaVinci Code was The Bridges of Madison County! Good analogy. Read that too. It sucked too.

I'm a compulsive reader. I will read anything -- cereal boxes, instructions, anything. If I am waiting someplace with nothing to read I get twitchy.

Date: 2008-06-28 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Remember when a certain somebody was sentenced to 48 days in jail with only two books? Or so it was reported. It was at that point that I officially began to feel sorry for him. Two books wouldn’t last me two days under those conditions.

Date: 2008-06-28 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I wonder what they were? I heard a rumour that he had finally read something he thought would make a great project for him to do with his Dad. I wonder if it was one of those?


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