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Book Meme

I forgot to do the Monday Fun this week, so instead, have a book meme, swiped from leighdb.

The rules according to Leigh and adding back in the "whether you liked them or not" clause:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Put an * next to those you've read partially.
3) Put those you really enjoyed in italics.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ.

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 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
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
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 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
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' 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 - 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
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


2. Yes, I know I'm probably a horrible person for not italicizing Lord of the Rings... I liked it alright, but not hugely, and it's more a thing I'm glad I read for the background it gives on modern fantasy as a whole, not completely on its own merits. (Plus I first tried to read Tolkien when I was a little too young to enjoy it, and I think that's carried over a bit.)

3. I think there might have originally been a "do something if you hated this book" clause as well, but I didn't bother to remember it and put it in. If I did, this would be one of them. So depressing!

9. I almost left this alone, until I realized that's the actual name for The Golden Compass et al. Which I read fairly recently, and was much less than bowled over by, unlike apparently most of the people on my friends list. I'm just a complete infidel, I guess.

12. See commentary for Jane Eyre, except much more so. Gah! I wanted to stab the author after reading it. (No, I am apparently not very good with relentlessly depressing books.)

25. On the brink of the great enjoyment, but it's just *not* quite my normal thing enough to drive it over the edge of "fun and humorous" into "what a great series!" for me. I think I just dislike the really absurd stuff too much.. I tend to want my fantasy to be juuust real enough that I can empathize and feel like it almost *could* happen.

36. Well duh, if I read the complete Chronicles, yeah, I read that one. I assume they threw this in there for the people that didn't read the whole set but did read the first one. And this is another of the on-the-brink ones that isn't quiiiite italicized. The series less so, because a) it depressed me too much as a young 'un with the whole "you're growing up and don't get to enjoy this fantasy life anymore!" bits, and b) because the religious parallels get much stronger.

40. I *think* I've read it back when young, I know I've read at least some Milne, but cant' remember for sure just what, so it gets a *

46. This is as good a place to any that note that this has become one of my comfort books/series (well, part of the series, I stopped eventually when they started getting less fun). This, the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and Austen, mostly. Then Discworld and Dick Francis are my many many many-times-reread comfort books when I'm in a mood for something slightly different.

54. Sensing a theme, yet? Although actually, had they included the other two finished Austen novels, the theme would have broken. Because I just COULD NOT get into Northanger Abbey... I finished it, but didn't enjoy it, and haven't been able to re-read fully. And although Mansfield Park is... okay, Fanny Price is such an irritating insipid little mouse that I can't bring myself to enjoy it as much as most of the other Austen novels.

70. As voracious a reader as I've always been, I've tried reading the full, unabridged version of this a few times, and always got slogged down and stopped fairly early on. Gah. The only full version I've read was one of the seriously abridged illustrated ones for kids.

71. Just a note, it doesn't quite come in for italics, but is probably my favorite Dickens.

78. In the original French, no less. See previous notes about unrelenting gloom, and hatred thereof. Gah. And I don't know if there's a male alive that would have seen the movie version and not come away scarred for life... I'm female, and still had to wince very badly at That Scene.

79. Yes, another French class offering in college, same class as Germinal, but I think I skimped on this one (though we were supposed to read it through).

94. Oh hell yes. Since I was little it's been my favorite book, though now Pride and Prejudice kinda competes with it and I choose one or the other as my favorite depending on my mood, or whatever. And some of the series I've grown attached to have come close as well, such as Discworld and the various Dick Francis mysteries. But this book still has a damn solid warm fuzzy place in my heart. (Warm and fuzzy and with SHARP POINTY TEETH!)

Edit: Oops, scanning over the list again, I realized I'd somehow missed dracula. Duh.

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