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04 February 2010 @ 02:24
The Big Read  
Lifted from lizzy_copycat . Apparently, it's the BBC's Top 100, from 2003. Which I don't care, because it means Stephenie Meyer's trite will not be on the list. Although it means Dan Brown isn't on here either, and I'm still undecided whether he's a genius or just someone banking on conspiracy theories to sell. At least his mythology doesn't involve any glittery, sparkling immortals. Blergh. -.-

I've realised that there are books which I have half-read on this list, and also some that I have yet to read but want to for a long time. Thus, apart from the obvious [x] for the read ones, italics will be for those which I have read partially and bold would be the one that's definitely on my 'need to read' list.

[x] 1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
[x] 2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
[x] 3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
[] 4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
[x] 5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
[] 6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
[] 7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
[] 8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
[x] 9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
[x] 10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
[] 11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
[x] 12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
[] 13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
[] 14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
[] 15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
[x] 16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
[x] 17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
[x] 18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

[] 19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
[x] 20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
[] 21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
[x] 22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
[x] 23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
[x] 24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
[x] 25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
[] 26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
[] 27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
[] 28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
[] 29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
[x] 30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
[] 31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
[] 32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
[] 33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
[] 34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
[x] 35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
[x] 36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
[] 37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
[] 38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
[] 39. Dune, Frank Herbert
[] 40. Emma, Jane Austen
[x] 41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
[] 42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
[] 43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
[x] 44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
[] 45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
[] 46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
[x] 47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
[] 48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
[x] 49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
[] 50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
[x] 51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
[] 52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
[] 53. The Stand, Stephen King
[x] 54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
[] 55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
[x] 56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
[] 57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
[x] 58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
[x] 59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
[] 60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
[] 61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
[x] 62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
[x] 63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
[] 64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
[] 65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
[x] 66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
[] 67. The Magus, John Fowles
[x] 68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
[] 69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
[x] 70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
[] 71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
[] 72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
[] 73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
[x] 74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
[] 75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
[] 76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
[] 77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
[] 78. Ulysses, James Joyce
[] 79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
[] 80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
[x] 81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
[] 82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
[] 83. Holes, Louis Sachar
[] 84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
[] 85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
[x] 86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
[] 87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
[] 88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
[] 89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
[] 90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
[] 91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
[] 92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
[] 93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
[] 94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
[] 95. Katherine, Anya Seton
[] 96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
[] 97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
[] 98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
[x] 99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
[] 100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

:'D I've fully read 25 books. That was more than I expected. That's because they've got a lot of Harry Potter and Roald Dahl.
Also I really need to finish 10 partially read books. And I need to go on a book buying spree for 17 titles.

*sees her account balance and cries*

But, I can smugly say I am not your typical Malaysian who reads only two books a year. (Pathetic.)
Current Mood: impressed
Current Music: Mika - We Are Golden
lizzy_copycatlizzy_copycat on 4th February 2010 01:29 (UTC)
allow me to make up your mind for you: dan brown = junk. (he spins a good tale, but only ONE good tale, and his writing isn't all that good. but, like stephenie meyer, there's no denying he found a gold mine and milked it for all he could, and who can blame him?)

it's funny how many books we have in common. :) but how can you not have finished p&p?? that had better be because you're in the middle of reading it right now! lol.

ps. your presence is requested over at _sw here and here. there are no spoilers in those two posts (or in the comments, so far) so you're perfectly safe. we're just having an election, and minors get to vote, too. ;P
Jaded Skyes: Hug 3inmyjadedskye on 4th February 2010 04:00 (UTC)
Yeah, you're right. I still can't believe what possessed me to get Dan Brown's and Stephenie Meyer's box set of books. D': Perfect waste of money that could have been better spent on real literature. Definitely not buying Lost Symbol or Midnight Sun. You're welcome to kill me if I do.

I thought that too as I went down the list. :) And yes, I will finish p&p soon. It's just that I got distracted because the miniseries is available on YT. I'm alternating between Sherlock Holmes, Hamlet and P&P at the moment. Sadly, I've got a short attention span when it comes to classics, as you can see from the amount of italics. :|

Also, I've gone to both posts and left my vote. And har har har about being a minor. ¬_¬
han06seconds_left on 5th February 2010 02:18 (UTC)
Yay! We twos are not typical Malaysians!

By the way, is the reason you want to read Guards! Guards! and Night Watch because you like Vimes? Or Carrot?
Jaded Skyes: Harry 2inmyjadedskye on 5th February 2010 03:15 (UTC)
¬_¬ Not really, I want to read it because it's by Terry Pratchett. And I actually have no idea who you're talking about.
han06seconds_left on 5th February 2010 08:25 (UTC)
Lol. Bummer. Okay then. Was just wondering since those two books happen to have both those characters in it. XD