Take cover, it's another book meme!!!


Saw this over at Anarchangel, and as he got it from facebook, have ripped off “acquired” it in order to post something other than the usual world is going to hell in a hand basket commentary.

As this was a meme, normally I would pass it along to at least five others. But I have some reservations about this list. At one end, it seems a tad cerebral for the majority of today’sgeneral readership, especially given the dumbing down in the public school systems. There also seem to be a large number of “Oprah book club selections” on the list. And according to Chris, the original meme claims the BBC ran this, stating most people have only read 6 books from the following list. Have to agree with Chris, sounds like fertilizer to me as well.

Anyhow, feel free to copy and paste the list, annotating those you have read, and removing my “X’s” and comments.

h/t Chris at Anarchangel

# Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
# The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien -X-
# Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
# Harry Potter series – JK Rowling -X- (actually 7 books)
# To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee -X-
# The Bible -X-
# Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
# Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell -X-
# His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
# Great Expectations – Charles Dickens -X-

06 for 10

# Little Women – Louisa M Alcott -X-
# Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
# Catch 22 – Joseph Heller -X-
# Complete Works of Shakespeare -X- * selected works, vice complete
# Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
# The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien -X-
# Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
# Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
# The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
# Middlemarch – George Eliot

10 for 20

# Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
# The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald -X-* started but never made it all the way
# Bleak House – Charles Dickens
# War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy -X-
# The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams -X-
# Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
# Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck -X-
# Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll -X-
# The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
# Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

15 for 30

# David Copperfield – Charles Dickens -X-
# Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis -X-
# Emma – Jane Austen
# Persuasion – Jane Austen
# The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis -X-
# The Kite Runner – Khaled Hossein
# Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
# Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden * Saw the movie, never read the book
# Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne -X-
# Animal Farm – George Orwell -X-

20 for 40

# The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
# One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
# A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
# The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
# Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
# Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
# The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
# Lord of the Flies – William Golding -X-
# Atonement – Ian McEwan
# Life of Pi – Yann Martel

21 for 50

# Dune – Frank Herbert -X-
# Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
# Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
# A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
# The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
# A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens -X- *honestly don’t remember if I finished this one.
# Brave New World – Aldous Huxley -X-
# The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon
# Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
# Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck -X-

25 for 60

# Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov -X-
# The Secret History – Donna Tartt
# The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
# Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas -X-
# On The Road – Jack Kerouac -X-
# Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
# Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding -X- * Saw the movie, haven’t read the book …notice a lot of these so called classics seem to have found their way to Oprah’s book list?
# Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
# Moby Dick – Herman Melville -X-
# Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens -X-

31 for 70

# Dracula – Bram Stoker -X-
# The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
# Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
# Ulysses – James Joyce -X-
# The Inferno – Dante -X- *currently rereading
# Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
# Germinal – Emile Zola
# Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
# Possession – AS Byatt
# A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens -X-

35 out of 80

# Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
# The Color Purple – Alice Walker
# The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
# Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
# A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
# Charlotte’s Web – EB White -X-
# The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
# Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -X-
# The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
# Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

37 out of 90

# The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery -X-
# The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
# Watership Down – Richard Adams -X-
# A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole -X- (good, but overrated)
# A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute (but I have read “On The Beach”)
# The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas -X-
# Hamlet – William Shakespeare -X-
# Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl -X-
# Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

43 out of 99

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3 responses to “Take cover, it's another book meme!!!

  1. Aggie Sith

    I took this at Facebook….got 68 out of 100. You will find, however, that the list is somewhat skewed…no Hemingway, no Heinlein…seldom any American writers. Also, look at “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” and then they add “Hamlet”, as well as C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” and then adding “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”. The list was compiled by the BBC, so not the best list out there, IMO 🙂

  2. Guy S

    I was wondering the same thing; why no Hemingway, London, Faulkner, etc. Might be worth the effort to make up a list of books and toss it out there.

    And welcome aboard Aggie!! You are the first “official” subscriber.

  3. Aggie Sith

    WHOO HOO!!!!

    FOIST!!!!!!!!!!

    heh heh heh……..

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