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25 June 2008 @ 11:50 pm
Despite recent evidence to the contrary, I do actually read more than fanfiction on occasion...  
I'm well behind the curve here, but I also have nothing to do right now because my completely butchered painting is too wet to butcher some more and I'm not sleepy, so...gakked from at least half my friends list:

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.

Two were taken out of the list because they were repetitive (Hamlet & The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe).

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen; too many times to count
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; I should say, now, since he appears on the list several more times, that Dickens was a favourite staple of family reading time. We would read to eachother, with dictionary handy, pretty much from when I started to read. I can't remember if this or Oliver Twist came first...
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've read some, but nowhere near complete
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks; really enjoyed the whole WWII trilogy...Girl at the Lion d'Or, Charlotte Gray.
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger; I hate this book, stultifying and self involved, as I recall, but it's been years.
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell; one of my favourite travel books
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald; I far prefer Tender is the Night
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens; I started this as a preteen after seeing part of a Masterpiece theatre mini on PBS but I never finished.
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy; I've read this three times, if you count my Mum and I reading it to eachother (with handy dictionary) when I was a kid.
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky; only excerpts, so far
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; "Happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Truer words...
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis; I lived, ate, breathed and slept this, Neverending Story (in German, the first time), Anne of Green Gables and Dickens as a kid.
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
37. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden; Meh.
39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell; I have a sneaking suspicion I've read this, but I don't remember it particularly?
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown; managed to not read it, but thanks to the family, I was forced to watch it. PURE TORTURE.
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving; hated Cider House Rules and several short stories, gave up on authour
44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery; ALL OF THEM. REPEATEDLY. TIMES ELEVENTY.
46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
47. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood; Not underlining because I far prefer Cat's Eye, and The Blind Assassin is one of my all-time favourite books.
48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
49. Atonement - Ian McEwan; I loved this book even if it was gutting; in some ways similar to The Constant Gardener in that completing the journey of love can sometimes end up hopelessly in a 20/20 hindsight/ if a tree falls in the forest sort of way...and then they all die.
50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel; I somehow ended up with three copies of this book and I've yet to read it...it's on the same short to-do list as Pullman's Plot Against America and Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I'm not even sure why, maybe because amazon says so?
51. Dune - Frank Herbert
52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen; in my mind, this Austen book, more than any other, is associatevely married to E.M Forrester and two of my other all time favourite books, Howards End and Room With a View. I like to reread them as a group (and yes, I'm a big re-reader). Anyone who has ever emailed me might recognise the "honeychrch" reference.
54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens; unfortunately at least four times *gnarls at La Defarge*
57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley; Heh. Huxley and LSD are forever married in my mind. Wonder why?
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon; oft recommended, not yet gotten around to
59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov; Love this book, LOVE Nabokov, went on a huge binge with him (similar to Bukowski and Faulkner episodes, on my part). My personal favourite is Ada or Ardour: A Family Chronicle...although I admit it took me over a year to finish it.
62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy; I read this along with Tess. I may have been feeling a little low at the time?
67. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie; I've read Satanic Verses, but not this one. I'm saving banned Salman for the beach. Heh.
69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville; OMG, like 10 TIMES. This was one of my favourite books as a kid. Clearly this indicates psychopathy? If it makes you feel any better (and it certainly makes ME feel better) I have little interest in the white whale now.
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens; Yeah, I think I might have been younger than Oliver when we first read this one out loud to eachother.
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker
72.The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74. Ulysses - James Joyce
75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
77. Germinal - Emile Zola
78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
79. Possession - AS Byatt
80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86. Charlotte's Web - EB White; It was nice of the parents to occasionally break from the dour in favour of a good old fashioned children's book. I love EB White...Stuart was charming but most favourite was The Trumpet of the Swan.
87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; biggest book I owned as a kid...or was that Bulfinch?
89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93. Watership Down - Richard Adams; EEEEEE! How much do I love it when this title continues to appear on every list that goes around? I LOVE this book, I've read it a ridiculous amount of times and my very name comes from it. And it was also the first film I have an actual memory of seeing...or was that Star Wars...anyway, it made a huge impression on me.
94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole; kinda bored me after a while, bit overrated, eh?
95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute; I've read On The Beach and if anyone liked that one, I'd recommend The Last Ship by William Brinkley.
96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl; I've never read this one or seen the movie. I really liked James and the Giant Peach, though?
98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I didn't count, I was too busy chirpily annotating? There are some huge and glaring ommissions here, and sometimes, if the authour is there, their best work isn't. No: Twain, Lawrence, my cousin Hemingway, NO FAULKNER, OMFG!!1! (my beloved), no Russell Banks (hello, Cloudsplitter is a masterpiece, although Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter were good enough to get some attention, too), no Thomas Pynchon (I don't love him but he's a damn good writer), no Ondaatje...at least something, does't have to be English Patient, could be Skin of a Lion or Divisadero.  Or Pratchett and Moore for humour?

Oh books....?