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Meme: Books
I know too many lurking book people not to leave this meme unlocked.

Meme nabbed from weesta
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.
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) 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 ;-)

A large number of these are owing to a "History of English Literature" course in college.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (Fellowship underlined twice)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (I'd estimate 75% of it. I set out to read the entire thing when I was 7 or 8, got as far as Numbers, and got bogged down in 'x begat y' sections and skipped around a bit after that.)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (loved it in a sick, twisted sort of way when I was a teenager)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (...I wish I could say I loved these, but I was kind of neutral on them. The daemon concept was cool, and the first book was cool but... ehn. I should probably re-read them sometime.)
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 (Even before college, even before high school, I used to buy paperback copies of Shakespeare plays. Way back in Junior High, before they were part of the school curriculum. I don't think I've ever told anyone that.)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (If I don't underline The Hobbit, I'll feel like it's glaring woefully at me... from the box it's still packed in. I need to unpack, I only moved in January :-P)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (I think I did, anyway, as a teenager.)
19 The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell - (Can barely stand the movie.)
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 (Hee. These books formed more of my early psyche than I care to admit to...)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (They were okay, didn't love them, but I read them when I was 6 and my memory is crap. Mainly I remember feeling nauseous when I got to the part with the Mock Turtle, and being traumatized by the baby that turned into a pig.)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (The only fantasy books my mother would allow me to read at one point. The Last Battle baked my noodle big time. I don't know where my copies have got to, I'll get a new set one of these days.)
34 Emma - Jane Austen (Didn't love it, but it wasn't bad for its era.)

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (Wee bit of duplication on this list. *looks up at Chronicles of Narnia*)
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 (The same way as 1984.)
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (I bypassed any and all implied real world/socio-religious implications of this book and just read it as fantasy. What can I say, I love a good puzzle.)

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery ("... Raspberry... Cordial..." *thud* Hee.)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (I like Margaret Atwood. I like science fiction. Therefore I like The Handmaid's Tale. It feels almost un-Canadian to say that since Atwood-bashing is the national literary equivalent of hockey, it seems.)
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (Had it in Junior High. One of the few books I loved more after taking it apart in class at that age. I remember trying to explain the concept of microcosms and macrocosms to my dad back then. Yeah, that didn't go so well.)

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert (I think I loved it, but then everyone I knew in high school bashed it, so... Hm. I'll have to re-read it at some point.)
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 (At some point in time, I will likely read this book. It's not a priority, but I feel like I should.)
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 (Dracula was okay, but Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was awesome. I did two or three papers on that book)
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (Ohhh... I'd forgotten about this book. I loved it when I was 7. I got it out of the library and kept renewing it for months until they made me stop.)

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 (it's not the same if Alistair Sim isn't jumping around on the furniture and losing his mind.)
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 (Loved it when I was 7 or 8, even though I lived on a farm and had a very realistic view of the life of a farm animal. It depressed the crap out of me but I loved it anyway.)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Read almost all of them before I was 12. Watched "The Great Mouse Detective" because I loved Sherlock Holmes, not vice versa.)
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 (I bought a copy of this when I was 12 and read it cover to cover. Now? I want to see Jensen Ackles play Hamlet! Original dialog, updated, different setting whatever. I want to see his take on Hamlet.)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (I think I liked the second book better, the Great Glass Elevator one, even though it gave me nightmares about Vermicious Knids. Of Roald Dahl's books, I think... I can't even remember the name of it, that's sad. The one with the boy and his father living in a caravan, under an apple tree. There were plots to catch pheasants involving raisins, sticky hats, horse hair, sleeping pills and a giant perambulator. There may have also been how to catch a fish by tickling it. And a pit trap.)

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (...I've sung the songs in chorus class, but I've never read or seen this in any version. I might at some point, but I'm not seeking it out.)

Slightly more than six there, I think. :-)

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quettalinde From: quettalinde Date: June 25th, 2008 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Have taken the meme for myself. Also have slightly more than six, but less of a more than you. *awed and somewhat envious*

Jensen as Hamlet would be awesome. XD

Oh Gods, Dean being forced to play Hamlet in high school just popped into my brain. *giggles at the images* Right. 1 am. Stop typing. Bed.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 25th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not Dean playing Hamlet, but for Winchesters and Shakespeare, go forth immediately and read:

The Play's the Thing
Vallo Rex

Both are by weesta and both are awesome. :-)
quettalinde From: quettalinde Date: June 25th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reading, yay! Thank you! XD
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caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 25th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't feel bad, like I said, a lot of the 'classic novels' were read as part of a college course.
anniehow From: anniehow Date: June 25th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
JA playing Hamlet. *blinks* O_O


Next con, someone has to tell him. OMG AWESOME!

*attempts to recover composure*
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 25th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bet he'd laugh. I'd love to see it though. :-)
lnhart From: lnhart Date: June 25th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (Ohhh... I'd forgotten about this book. I loved it when I was 7. I got it out of the library and kept renewing it for months until they made me stop.)

I had a book like that in 5th grade. I tried to copy it out long-hand. The teacher gave it to me. I don't think I've ever been more surprised or pleased by a kindness. (She was a nun--not normally a kind species in my experience.)

I think I'll do this one in my journal. Thanks.

P.S. The one about the boy and his dad is "Danny, Champion of the World." (My sons are elementary age--we're reading the "canon.")
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 25th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, that's the one! I can't believe I forgot the title!
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 25th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jensen Ackles playing Hamlet? Hamlet is my favorite Shakesperean character, and I think, the hardest to nail down for an actor. I think Laurence Olivier was probably the only one that came closest. Ian McKellen also played him, but I thought he was too old for the part, though he did very well.

I think Jensen would do well, but again, Hamlet is such a hard character to play. However, Jensen does nuances so well. Hmmm, interesting concept and one, no doubt, that would scare the hell out of Jensen if someone suggested it. LOL
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 25th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I honestly don't know whether he'd be flattered, freaked out, or laugh like a loon. Possibly all three.

Hamlet's got a lot of room for interpretation, and the way Jensen really puts a lot of mental work into defining and getting into a character's headspace and then bringing that across to an audience with the subtle natural-seeming things he does as part of a character makes me think he would be a truly awe-inspiring Hamlet. I've also heard he likes challenging roles, and even though this one has been done by so many people down through the ages, it is definitely a challenging one. I really would love to see what he'd do with it. :-)
samalander_dawn From: samalander_dawn Date: June 25th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
oooooooo!! *yank*

it's always really neat to see what other people have read from a fairly random list of books! :D

and Jensen as Hamlet? would kick ass. though for some reason I think I'd like to see another 5 years on him first....don't really know why, but him as Hamlet with 5 more years experience under his belt just gives me goosebumps.... :D
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 25th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Good Ideas

Hey I think you have something there definitely--Jensen as Hamlet. The man's expressions could do it alone..lol I would definitley pay to see that. Maybe at the end of Season 5? Sharon
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 26th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but see, you're still in season 1. Wait for season 2 and 3. He gains at least 2.5 years experience each year... ;-)
samalander_dawn From: samalander_dawn Date: June 26th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm willing to defer to your greater experience :D

but still....I just have a feeling :) (can't explain it, not even going to try lest I come across crazier ;D )
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 25th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)


Arrrgh ack..*strains against it* Ok nope, have to copy this list and do it. And just so you know--I had the complete works of Shakespeare before we ever did any of them in junior/high school(same in my city)--In fact I carried it around with me too. I got asked if I was reading the dictionary once:P I am glad to know I am not the only one who did that though. Ok I will prepare the list. I am such a book geek..lol

caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 26th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Resistance

Resistance is futile... :-D
malevolent73 From: malevolent73 Date: June 26th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Me + comparison to you = epic FAIL Hahaha!

I have read a few of these books and I would love to read a bunch more of them just so I can say I did. Superiority complex much? LOL The only trouble is I have a folder in my favorites entitled "fic" and there are.....let me see....24 different fics listed there, 5 of which are probably Big Bang material. And people add to that list almost every day! It's crazy how prolific (and talented!) the fandom is.

I should at least vow to read two books off this list a year at least though. ;)
malevolent73 From: malevolent73 Date: June 26th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
"I should at least vow to read two books off this list a year at least though."

Yes, redundancy is my middle name indeed.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 26th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
You can never have too many 'at leasts' *nods sagely*
malevolent73 From: malevolent73 Date: June 26th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
And because I'm a masochist (and apparently a person of my word) I went to the library today and got out, 1984 and Animal Farm. My mom is also reading 1984 right now so we can at least talk about that one together. :)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 26th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Hehe. One of these days when I'm not doing everything else, I'm going to post a massive rec list of all the fic I've got bookmarked. Maybe a few subdivided lists actually, there's 146 links in my 'Rec and Remember' folder, and another whole bunch in my 'to read' folders. This fandom is indeed talented and productive as hell. It's daunting.
teithiwr From: teithiwr Date: June 26th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, we like so many of the same books! I snagged this meme too, it's fun. :)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 27th, 2008 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! It's funny what you find out about people from these memes. :-)
schweedie From: schweedie Date: June 27th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (Hee. These books formed more of my early psyche than I care to admit to...)

Heh. I'll second that!
Still possibly my favourite series ever.

And you should totally read Les Miserables! It's awesome. And if you read a newer version you won't have to read neverending descriptions of the battle of Waterloo (geek that I am, I have a close-to-falling-apart copy from 1862 which goes into a lot of historical stuff).
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 27th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I might actually have to track down an older copy then. A friend of mine is a historical wargamer and I've picked up a lot of history of the Napoleonic wars through sheer osmosis. It'd be interesting to read a perspective that wasn't raving about the tactical differences between 3 and 5 pound cannons. :-)
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