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The Big Read

I got tagged to do this on Facebook. And since I refused the 25 Random things, I figured I would do this one.

Here's the tag: "The Big Read said at some point that on average, adults have only read six books on this list. So: Copy this list, remove my "yes and no" and add your own in a note."

I'm not sure who came up with this list. I don't think it's that great. Why is Dracula on it but Frankenstein is not? Why so much Jane Austen? The "Five People You Meet in Heaven," seriously? Also, some of these overlap a bit. Having read 14 implies 98, for instance.

And one other thing. I was an English major, with a strong focus on British Lit between 1580 and 1880 or so. That explains why I happen to have read a lot of this stuff.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - Yes
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - Yes
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - Yes
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - Half of it, but got bored and quit.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - Yes
6 The Bible – Yes, duh
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - Yes
8 1984 - George Orwell - Yes, many times
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman - No
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - Yes
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott - Yes
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy – No (I'm embarrassed to say)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller – Yes
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare - Yes, proudly.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier - No
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - Yes
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks - Never heard of it
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Yes
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - No
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot - No
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell - No
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - Yes
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens - Yes
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - No
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - Yes
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh - No
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Did my best, but didn't finish. I know. . .
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck - Yes
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - Yes, many times (my favorite book ever)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame - Yes
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - No, tried.
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - Yes
33 The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - Yes
34 Emma - Jane Austen - Yes
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen - Yes (why is this on the list?)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis - Yes
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - No
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres - No
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - No
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne - Yes
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell - Yes
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - Yes
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Yes, love it.
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving - Yes
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins - No
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - Yes
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy - Yes
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - Yes
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding - Yes
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan - No
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel - No
52 Dune - Frank Herbert - Yes, the whole series.
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons - No, never heard of it.
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen - Yes
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth - Once again, never heard of it
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon - No
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - Yes
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - Yes, loved it in high school
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon - No
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Yes
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck - Yes
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov - No
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt - No
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - No
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas - Yes
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac - Yes
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy - Yes
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding - No
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie - No
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville - Yes
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens - Yes
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker - Yes (once again, no Frankenstein?)
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - Yes
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson - No
75 Ulysses - James Joyce - Gave it my best shot
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - No
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome - No
78 Germinal - Emile Zola - No
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray - Yes
80 Possession - AS Byatt - No
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens – Yes
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell - No
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker - Mp
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro - No
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert - Yes
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry - No
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White - Yes
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom - No, and it won't happen
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Yes
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton - No
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - Yes
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery - Yes
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks - No
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams - Yes
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole - No, to my shame.
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute - No
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas - Yes
98 Hamlet – Shakespeare – Yes
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - Yes
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo - Yes, abridged

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