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One of those book list things!

I keep getting these things and forgetting to post them, but I like them. These instructions have been copied from elsewhere. I think this was originally a "books everyone should read for some reason" list in one of the media outlets that does long lists of essential books. The "6 books" thing below is because the average number of books on this list that people polled had read was 6.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Put an asterick next to the books you'd rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

I will not actually put hot pokers in my eyes, even if you lock me in a library with nothing but 100 copies of Gone With the Wind, nor do I condone forcing books on anyone. But here's my list anyway.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien My love for this book is forever mingled with grief, and I'm not sure if I should underline it or not. I might change my answer. I'm not sure yet.
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte I haven't read it in years! But I loved it so much growing up that I probably won't ever not love it even if it turns out to be secretly terrible.
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible -- not all of it, silly.
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell I'd take it over hot pokers, but this isn't a book I really plan to read again. It's good, but I only need to get my face forever-stomped once, you know?
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman it's been hanging out in my house for months and months, just wondering when I'm going to give it a chance. Someday, Philip Pullman, someday.
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott -- I wish I loved this book more because I love many things about Lousia May Alcott and I love fictional rehabilitations of neglectful fathers, but it's never really grabbed me like some others I can think of.
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare -- listen, that is a hell of a lot of Shakespeare. I love Shakespeare, but dude wrote quite a lot of plays and a bunch of poems and I have a lot of other things to read right now. Also, I'd have to underline some things and hot-poker others and it's just a big mess.
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks -- No, but I like birds; is this any good? Does it have anything to do with birds?
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot -- George Eliot how are you so smart and good at writing? This is one of those books that makes other books look like a bunch of cardboard cutouts someone has arranged in dramatic poses. I love it, but it makes me sad, too, because I'm one of those cardboard-pose-making people and I don't know how not to be. That's ok, though. We'll always have Middlemarch.
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell********* I know it's a camp classic or whatever but I just can't; I hate it so much.
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens All the best and the worst of Dickens in one handy brick-sized package!
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy YOU WILL NEVER REGRET READING THIS BOOK unless maybe you had something else planned for this semester
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams I only read it for the first time a few years ago. I wish I'd read it when I was in high school or middle school, because I would have loved it so much more then. As it is, I like it a lot, but the allcaps that might have been will never be.
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh Only it was so long ago that I'm sure I didn't appreciate it. I feel like I need to reread a lot of things post-growing up.
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck See above. I know I read it, but I remember almost nothing about it.
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame The only book on this list I am ashamed not to have read.
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens Why so much Dickens in this list? This is yet another one that I have very little memory of.
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis -- these books vary quite a lot in their loveability
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (isn't this part of the Chronicles of Narnia?)
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini* not even saying it wasn't ok I guess, just not going to read it again
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres -- no, but I saw the movie starring Nicholas Cage's terrible Italian accent. It was so adorably awful. Actually, the book title is Corelli's Mandolin.
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden I originally said something mean about this book, then realized it was probably in the "too long ago to say; forgot most of it" category. So I have revoked the asterisk and the snark.
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown -- absolutely the best worst, the Plan 9 From Outer Space of books.
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 -- LEGIT CLASSIC OF WORLD LITERATURE; please award posthumous Nobel Prize immediately
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding* Such a bad taste, all over my mouth.
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan -- this one's not quite eye-poker level, but I did hate it a lot.
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert -- I love this one a little, but I don't allcaps love it. It's about on the same level as the Marvel movie franchise for me.
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth -- it's sitting right next to me as I write this, being all intimidatingly large and unread while I sit here popping detective stories into my brain like big handfuls of popcorn. Literally sitting within arm's reach, all "Why have you abandoned me?"
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens Ambitious Dickens is my favorite Dickens. I love it when he gets all doomy and historical and melodramatic at the same time.
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* -- KILL IT WITH FIRE >:( No, I mean, I'm sure it has plenty to offer readers who are not me. I just don't want any, thanks.
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt -- Eventually I have to learn what the deal is with Donna Tartt, I guess? I am so far behind on my contemporary fiction I should just pretend it's deliberate.
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* -- Read the first chapter of, didn't finish and won't pick up again -- not because of hate, but because the obsessive weight-tracking thing makes me so extremely uncomfortable. I know it's probably satire, but I'm ok with not experiencing it.
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville -- my dream in life is to someday teach a class called Great American Novels where we just close-read this and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for a semester; this dream is real and contains 0% irony.
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce -- Nope, not all the way through. I should probably fix that at some point.
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath -- I dropped this book like a hot pocket when I was a teenager because ew, boring fashion magazine drama; I am an intellectual who reads about serious problems. Should probably give it another try now that I'm no longer a teenager.
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola -- bolded half because I am halfway through.
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt -- The smart-people book I am always being told to read but can never manage any interest in, despite it apparently having all the things I like! Maybe next year.
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens I genuinely love this one because I am a sucker for redemption stories.
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro Kazuo Ishiguro is my nemesis, contstantly tricking me into being bored and then drowning me in my own tears; I can see it coming but I can't stop it, why, Kazuo Ishiguro, why?
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White -- it's great; what can I say?
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Original Watson is the best Watson.
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery -- I don't actually have any way of knowing whether this book is good or not because I imprinted on it too early in life to be able to form verbal judgements. Just show me a picture of a rose under a Mason jar and watch my cognitive faculties burst like a hundred blood vessels.
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole I like Ignatius as a character (even though / because he's horrible), but the book as a whole is uneven. To say that a lot of it hasn't aged well is a spectacular understatement. You can see the laughs receding in real time like a ship over the horizon. I think a smart screenwriter could do good things with it, though.
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare not my favorite or my second or third favorite, but ok.
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I keep trying to count them and losing count, but that's somewhere around 60/100 read. That would be pretty good if this were my personal Lifetime Reading List, but it's not. I don't really have one. Maybe I will make my own list of Books I Am Always Trying to Foist On People.


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