Monday, July 21, 2008

I'm Joining In, Cuz I'm A Joiner {& I Like Books}

The Big Read. It's designed to encourage community reading initiatives in the US. Blue & Mrs. X have already posted about it, & now it's my turn.

The National Endowment for the Arts believes that the average American has read only 6 of the books on the list below. I personally find that number a little high, considering the obsession with reality television that has taken over our neighbours to the south like the funky smell wafting out of a porta-potty, but who am I to say they are wrong?

Now, boys & girls, as we all know, Wilma suffers greatly from Alzheimer's, often placing the milk in the cupboard & losing her purse at the end of her wrist. Wilma also reads voraciously, having two books on the go at all times. At the moment, I'm reading three. One more thing to keep in mind, I got me some book-learnin'. That's right! I made it all the way through university without failing any classes {thank you, Econ Professor, for being a believer in the Bell Curve!}, managing to get meself a fancy-schmancy piece of paper to hang on the wall that tells all & sundry that I know the English language.

So I've read a lot. & I've studied English, which required reading a lot. God help me, I don't remember what I've read or haven't. As best as I can recollect, I've read 33 & plan to read 27 more. My all-time fav book is on the list {The Handmaid's Tale} which makes me verra, verra happy!

This list surprised me, however. Why is the Complete Works of Shakespeare listed, & also Hamlet separately? Same with The Cronicles of Narnia & The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. Repetition to help people over the 6 book hurdle? I'm also completely baffled by the inclusion of Bridget Jones' Diary, a book I would not consider neither a classic nor a must-read.

But, I digress.

The rules:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline (or mark in a different color) the books you LOVE **
4) Reprint this list in your blog to show what a super-genius you are by bragging about all the books you've read or plan to read!

  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
  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
  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
  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
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meany - 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’s 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
  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
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


FarmWife said...

I poped over from Mrs.X's neck of the woods. I'm completely with you on the Chronicles of Narnia/The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe thing & the Shakespeare/Hamlet thing. That baffled me. And (although I liked it very much) Bridget Jones holds no candle to Marget Atwood. Eh?

Wilma said...

Ah, Atwood. She's so hit & miss. I lurve The Handmaid's Tale to death. The Robber Bride was stunning.

Then there's Alias Grace.

Kyanite said...

And, what about the Blind Assassin?
It's possibly my fav. Attwood.