That I stole from Sarah Miller:

The instructions:
Look at the list and
(1) Bold those you have read.
(2) Italicize those you intend to read.
(3) Underline the books you LOVE.

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 (made it to book four, and bailed.)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. 1984 - 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 (most of them, anyway. The comedies make my eyes gloss over, though).
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 (started it a couple of times and really need to gather the time to get 150 pages in or so)
25. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (East of Eden was better.)
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
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! but read it in an airport)
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 (HATE)

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 (hated it!)
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac (don't get it. at all)
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 (sigh. don't get me started on 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 (I get three pages in and put it down every time. This book and I are not meant to be.)
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare (wait, is this a trick question? :) )
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Apparently, most adults have read 6 on the list.

I have read...67.

Okay, but in fairness to me (a) I was an English major AND (b) I did a masters degree in Victorian British lit, which is the way the list is skewed--notice my weakness in the foreign stuff, even the Russian!--AND (c) I was a spanish minor (which accounts for the Gabriel Garcia Marquez).

Okay, fine! I admit it! I'm a book dork! What, like you didn't know that already?


Wait just a darned tootin' minute here . . . you loved Hitchhikers Guide but merely read The Great Gatsby? You don't love Gatsby?

I just read it again for the umpteenth time the other day and it still stands as quite possibly the most beautiful book ever written in the English language. The final sentence is perhaps the single most perfect ending to a book . . . ever.

Hmmmmm, this is very curious. I guess I can understand not loving Gatsby or even the story but when it comes to the WRITING, it's hard to deny Fitzgerald his due. Really, really hard.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 9:24:00 AM EDT  

Sorry, man, but Gatsby is not for me. I'm going to agree with you about the writing (although, to tell the truth, I don't remember the writing--perhaps I will look it up again), but the story did nothing for me. I didn't care. I sort of thought Gatsby was a dick.

I know...baaaad English major. But you know me, Anon--I'm all British Lit, all the time. The only American I can really tolerate is Steinbeck, and even then pretty much only East of Eden. Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hemingway? I'd trade the lot of them in for Thackeray, Richardson, and Dickens. I'm a Brit Lit snob! :)

Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 10:24:00 AM EDT  

Brit Lit blows! Well, not really, but that felt good to type. Trust me, you have to type it to feel it. Ha ha.

Gatsby is misunderstood by many. He comes off as an ass unless you're really paying attention to certain things and you have to read very, very closely: Mr. Fitzgerald knew what he was doing. I think you have to be a certain kind of romantic to appreciate Gatsby.

If you have the time (I doubt you do), give it another read. There are just some amazing beautiful passages, little throwaway paragraphs that are so well-written it drives you crazy to think that Fitzgerald just tossed them in there for the fun of it, to show you what he could do. In one rather short book, he's got so many beautiful sentences; there's a reason he's considered one of the best. When he's really TRYING -- as he is in the final paragraphs -- it gets even better. That final sentence: aagh, just PERFECT.

I enjoy literature from both sides of the water but I'm a very American kind of boy so the homegrown stuff resonates with me. Some of the Brit stuff makes Faulkner look succinct and that is no small feat. Still, it's a shame Dickens didn't write more stuff. What a slacker, eh?

Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 11:33:00 PM EDT  

That's quite and accomplishment! You don't even want to know how many I have not read! :P

Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 12:14:00 PM EDT  

Heh. Thanks, katie, but it's more a result of spending too much time in higher education than anything else. :) Still, I paid the money for all that school (or...I will have finished paying the money, in about...decades from now), so I might as well get the credit. :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 1:13:00 PM EDT  

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