Aug 28, 2008

The Big Read

As swiped from Maggie's excellent new undertaking, The Brown Book Project.

The Big Read
“The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.”

1) Bold: I have read.
2) Underline: Books I love. (Changed to italics, I can't make underlines here, they look like links dontchakno--)
3) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
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
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling (or Sorcerer's Stone if you're in America)
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
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
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
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
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
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King

54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding

71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
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
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
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
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Hmmmm. 40. Not too shabby, in a world where the 'average' adult has read six. But then again, of those 'average' adults something like 40% believe the Moon landing was faked on a sound stage by NASA and most believe that you can get pregnant from oral sex.

Aaah what a world I live in.

10 comments:

Gordo said...

Wait a sec ... You can't get pregnant from oral sex?

meno said...

And the earth is flat and GW is a fine president.

Lynnea said...

Quit shattering all my delusions...

Irrelephant said...

Gordo, if you can then I'm in a SHITELOAD of paternal suit trouble.

meno, you took the words right out of my mouth. Thank you for being the part of me that REALLY don't give a shite.

I'm sorry, Maggie! But as long as you don't swallow I think you're okay. Wait. You did mean about the...er...hmmm.

Mickelodeon said...

Three questions: I've read quite a few books on the list and seen many movie adaptations of those books. Some I've seen more than one adaptation of. Does that count towards having read more of the books themselves?

What about books I've read on the list but never finished? Like "Pillars of the Earth" (crap) and "Kane and Abel" (dull)? Do those count for anything?

And what is this about the 40% of average adults who have read only six believing that bit about the moon landing being a hoax? Wasn't it? ;-)

Old Gray Mare "NEIGH' said...

I made 14... not bad for an 'Old Gray Mare'

Jean said...

Hey, Irrel...you gonna be ok with that nasty weather approaching?

(I really, really liked 'Pillars...')

Nancy Dancehall said...

You've got me beat, darlin', I've only read 35 (but there are about ten that I started, an a couple more I've intended to read for, um, centuries now.)

Hang on own there. I'd be awfully upset if you washed away.

Irrelephant said...

Micks, nope. *G* Movies is a whole different critter from a book. And no matter how icky the book I think you have to have read the whole thing. I hated Catcher In The Rye but I finished it. As for the hoaxed Moon landing, I might direct you to The Mythbusters, who disproved a handful of the hoax...er, myths. *lol*

OGM, not too shabby at all! Nice to see you here again!

Jean, we're gonna be fine. The only thing I was concerned with was the chickens, and they'll be moved to the patio (soon to be covered in sheet plywood) before the storm front reaches us. *S* Keep us in your thoughts and we'll be just fine. My only regret is that we'll likely be without power for a while. *weep*

I beat THE Nancy Dancehall in reading? Good sweet heavens! *falling to the ground in a dead faint*

Don't you worry your dancing shoes Miss D, it's going to be fine here. The worst we'll see is rain and wind.

Vulgar Wizard said...

OMG, I think I'm pregnant!!!! Oh noes!!!1!!!!