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42! (The Beeb Book Meme) [Feb. 21st, 2009|01:51 pm]
Young Geoffrey
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Yoinked from sooguy:

"Apparently the Beeb reckons most people will only have read 6 of these books...

"Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started, but didn't finish..."

Make of it what you will, by my count I've read 42 of 'em.

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 (I think I got about midway through the Pentateuch; at some point, the genealogical lists became too much; all of the New Testament but for The Revelation which for some reason I didn't finish)
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 Faulk
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 (Three or four of the five, I think; but I came too the series too late - the story wasn't that interesting and the Christian elements were too overt for me.)
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 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’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 - 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

[User Picture]From: thebigthreekill
2009-02-21 07:12 pm (UTC)
i dont trust a list with bridget jones' diary on it. :P
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2009-02-21 07:15 pm (UTC)

... whaddya gonna do?

I don't trust a list without Dhalgren on it, but ...
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From: vonandmoggy
2009-02-22 12:56 am (UTC)
I've read 74, thanks in large part to an English degree...many I wouldn't have read if they were assigned, though, to be honest.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2009-02-24 11:42 pm (UTC)

I wonder ...

... how many on that list that I haven't read I wish that I had. But I fear that's a meme for another day.
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[User Picture]From: mijopo
2009-02-22 01:07 am (UTC)
Most of these are books I've really enjoyed or would be eager to read some day, but then there's this: "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" Huh?
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2009-02-24 11:46 pm (UTC)


Just as one shouldn't judge a book based upon the publicists visual aesthetics, so one presumably shouldn't judge a novel by the first paragraph of the wiki write-up, but I think I'll make an exception in this case.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a novel by Mitch Albom. It recounts the life and death of a simple yet dignified old man, Eddie. After dying in a freak accident, Eddie finds himself in heaven where he encounters five people who have significantly affected his life, whether he realized it at the time or not. Each imparts a divine piece of wisdom unto him, instilling a deeper comprehension regarding the most intimate facets of life. In the beginning he dedicates the book to his uncle Edward Beitchman. He says that he wants people like his uncle who felt unimportant here on earth to realize, finally, how much they mattered and how they were loved.

I haven't read Jonathon Livingston Seagull either (nor do I intend to), but the above shurely does remind me of it.
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2009-02-22 01:32 am (UTC)
eh 31... I have problems with finishing books.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2009-02-24 11:47 pm (UTC)

31's not so bad ...

... after all, I've been reading longer than you've been alive!
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[User Picture]From: paul_carlson
2009-02-22 05:29 am (UTC)
Interesting list.

Hmmm . . . I've read about 32 of those novels/series all the way through, and parts of a dozen more.

(Who's Beeb?)
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[User Picture]From: sooguy
2009-02-22 05:32 pm (UTC)
Beeb is slang for the BBC aka the British Brodcasting Corp.. Hence the overall British flavour to the list (and the inclusion of Bridget Jones).
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From: sacrosankt
2009-02-22 06:45 am (UTC)
But The Bell Jar is such a wonderfully uplifting book :P
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2009-02-24 11:49 pm (UTC)

So I've heard

In fact, I understand it's especially popular with ladies engaged in baking.


Actually, I've often thought it's one of those books I should read — should I?
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[User Picture]From: superficiality
2009-02-22 09:51 pm (UTC)
I don't understand how these 100 books are any kind of coherent list.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2009-02-24 11:51 pm (UTC)

Nor do I - But I'll hazard a guess

Take this not with salt but as salt, since I've not done any research what-so-ever.

My guess is that a half-dozen or dozen folks in the office were polled and their responses amalgated into this list. Because you're right, outside of being somewhat "classics" heavy it doesn't really show much sign of an agenda, or even a personality, does it?
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From: purfektlyflawd
2009-02-24 11:22 pm (UTC)
I feel proud that I have read some books that you haven't read. I will ignore the fact that it works both ways.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2009-02-24 11:52 pm (UTC)

Ignoring is bliss

Enjoy the pride and if any shame slinks through your defences, keep in mind I've had a lot more time to do my reading than you have!
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