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Book Meme

Stolen from winter_jasmine... in which I prove to be the Worst English Lit Graduate Ever. :P



The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions:

Copy this. Put an 'x' next to those you have read (watching a movie version doesn't count!)

[ ] 1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
[ ] 2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien [on the list...]
[x] 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - [started but didn't finish; I got bored when she grew up. :P)
[x] 4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling [Am some way through HBP - a bit cheeky to assume one has read them all, though...]
[ ] 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
[ ] 6 The Bible - God (the whole thing) [By God??? WTF? *head-->desk*]
[x] 7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte [Another I started and didn't finish...]
[ ] 8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
[ ] 9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman [On my list / bookcase]
[x] 10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Total: 4

[x] 11 Little Women - Louisa May Alcott [Started, didn't like her writing style, plus all of the characters really irritated me...]
[ ] 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
[ ] 13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
[ ] 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare [I've read a fair few...]
[ ] 15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
[ ] 16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien [on the list]
[ ] 17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
[ ] 18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
[ ] 19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger [ON THE LIST]
[ ] 20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

Total: 1

[ ] 21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell [...list - seeing a pattern yet?]
[ ] 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 [started it aaaages ago, then went mad and stopped reading]
[ ] 27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
[ ] 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
[x] 29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
[ ] 30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame [Haven't read it personally but used to have an audio tape of my grandmother reading it, so know it pretty well on that basis...]

Total: 1

[ ] 31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
[ ] 32 David Copperfield - Charles
[ ] 33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
[ ] 34 Emma - Jane Austen
[ ] 35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
[ ] 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis [Obviously a separate one to that in the Chronicles. :P]
[ ] 37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
[ ] 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
[ ] 39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden [ON THE LIST!]
[x] 40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

Total: 1

[x] 41 Animal Farm - George Orwell [at school, whilst learning about the Russian revolution, I think]
[x] 42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
[ ] 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
[ ] 44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
[x] 45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins [reading it now]
[ ] 46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
[x] 47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy [ARGH ARGH read this at school, I FRICKIN' HATE HARDY]
[ ] 48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood [have seen the film - want to read the book now]
[ ] 49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
[ ] 50 Atonement - Ian McEwan [see 48]

Total: 4

[ ] 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
[x] 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon [Though I must point out it's "Night-Time", not "Night"...]
[ ] 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Total: 1

[ ] 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
[x] 67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy [started at uni and got about three pages in before giving up, bloody Hardy]
[x] 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
[ ] 69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie [read an extract...]
[ ] 70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Total: 2

[ ] 71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
[x] 72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
[x] 73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
[ ] 74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
[ ] 75 Ulysses - James Joyce
[ ] 76 The Inferno - Dante
[ ] 77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
[ ] 78 Germinal - Emile Zola
[ ] 79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
[x] 80 Possession - AS Byatt [have FINALLY finished this after about nine years of owning it and three repeated attempts to get through it. It's a bloody monster. :P]

Total: 3

[ ] 81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
[ ] 82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
[ ] 83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker [on the list, saw film, yada yada]
[ ] 84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
[ ] 85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
[ ] 86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mxistry
[ ] 87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
[ ] 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom (awesome book)
[ ] 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
[x] 90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton [quite possibly; I know I have it somewhere so it stands to reason I must have read it when I was young at some point - I preferred "The Naughtiest Girl in School" series. :)]

Total: 1

[x] 91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad [ugh, died of boredom]
[ ] 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
[x] 98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
[x] 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
[x] 100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo [started this when in hospital with kidney infection... didn't finish, though]

Total: 4

Grand total: 21

Yup, I fail at reading. I noted on the list a few that are on my 'to-read' list and it's merely a matter of getting to them on the bookcase, which I'm working through in alphabetical order by author, and which is hampered by buying more books a regular basis. I should also note that it includes the complete works of Dickens, when I get around to buying them, as I really enjoyed Great Expectations out of all the C19th lit we had to read...

My excuse for the shameful lack of books that I've read is that unfortunately, being an English Lit graduate somewhat takes the fun out of reading for reading's sake, as it takes a LONG time to force oneself out of the mindset of analysis. I've only been reading for pleasure properly for a couple of years, I think, and even then it's only at bedtime, and one book at once, or on long trips. I am once again actually enjoying and engaging with books on a more personal level, rather than approaching them from the point of view of theory or whatever; I still enjoy the analysis but it's now more a side effect, rather than the sole reason for picking up a book. Which is a shame, really.

Anyway, there it is.
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