Bookworm, yes. But the fluffy kind.

July 12, 2008 at 9:05 pm | Posted in day to day | 5 Comments
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stolen from Tender Lumpling.

This is a list of the 100 most printed books by Big Read. They theorize that the average adult has only read 6 of the books on the list. Compare the 100 most printed Big Read novels to the 100 best-loved novels. Winner, Lord of the Rings. Shakespeare, who dat?

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) Bracket books you have started but not finished.
5) Strike books you will never read, barring school or Judgement Day requirements.

*Note: I could indicate that I intend to read ALL of these books. Which would be partly true. I’ve intended to read every book ever published since my seventh grade pact with myself that I would read the entire school library’s fiction collection before I graduated (never happened, though I devoured a few shelves). And while this may tag me as a BAD PERSON, I like to read fluff. I am quite attracted to it. I’m partial to big fluffy romance and action novels. Jane Eyre may write a masterpiece but she’s certainly not a quickie. James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Lee Child. Too good. Not that Mark Twain was a literary pedestrian. I plodded through Huck Finn like a good school girl. But I’m more likely to shell out the time for a Harry Potter all nighter than I am to hand over my day to Anna Karenina. Basically, I’d like to read the Jane Eyre and Gone With the Winds of the world, but unless they’re required in college my intentions may forever stay unfullfilled.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (I really do intend.Sibling read and liked.)
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (no interest)
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (I am one with the easily swayed masses in this area. Stupid last book almost ruined the whole awesome factor though.)
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 [Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell] (I keep starting this book and never get far enough to get hooked. I own it so i promise, I WILL read it. One day.)
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 [Catch 22 – Joseph Heller] (Same with the starting and never getting hooked. Read the first chapter at least 4 times. Own it. It’s been in my nightstand for months. The first chapter is funny. Witty. I will finish it. I will.)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (ew. I was reminded that ironically I own The Complete Works of Shakespeare, the unfortunate prize of the t(bs) Upper School English Award.)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit- JRR Tolkien (read to me. and read alone. eh.)
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (read it a few times. eh. I never saw the awesomeness of it. Ok book)
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (eh. For a book lover I do seem to pass on the public’s darlings.)
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (AMAZIN’)
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (oh god. one or two great chapters. The 345 rest, ew.)
29 [Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll] (checked it out a few times. Never could finish it.)
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (AMAZIN’)
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis (YAYNESS)
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
42 The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown (eh.)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
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 (maybe. one day.)
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 [Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas] (read the illustrated kid version 10 years ago. loved it. will read full book at some point.)
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville (shoot me first.)
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (I own it. I just bought it. Will get to it. one day.)
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
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 (Read to me)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (Read to me)
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 [Watership Down] – Richard Adams (Didn’t connect with it after first few chapters. I’ll finish it. one day.)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 [The Three Musketeers] – Alexandre Dumas (I read about half of this humungous book in 7th grade. But for some reason never did finish it. I remember liking it despite having to look up every fifth word.)
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les MiserablesVictor Hugo

On final count I’ve read (and finished) 17 of the books on the list, 6 of which were school required. And by school required I DID read them and did not have my mom read them and then summarize them to me so I could write a book report. Ahem. You know who you are.

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  1. (a gosling by another name would still write comments on your blog. ah-hem.)

    I’ve done versions of this and had fun with them in the past. I’ll have to take a closer look at this, but at the moment, I simply need to say, Jane Eyre’s a great book (fluff even!) – but to my knowledge, the dear girl never wrote anything. 😉 I think you know this, but it amused me nevertheless.

  2. And yet you own the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Hah. Hah. HAHAHAH. you poor abused literist.

    I have problems with George Orwell too. But his books are classics! I liked the short stories we read in Radley’s class (elephant in Burma?). Oh well, someday. From your post I thought you’d actually read Anna Karenina but you haven’t.. lol. I read Gone with the Wind! It taught me the phrases: “secession,” “Cut off your nose to spite your face” (because Scarlett did), and “Caveat Emptor” because some jackass boyfriend substituted “emptorium” for “emporium.” hehehe. ehe. clever boy.

    Wednesday might work. Any interest in hanging out with Shannon M?

  3. Actually, this book list is from the U.K. and compiled by the BBC and has been mixed up with the NEA’s Big Read. The NEA provides grants to communities across the U.S. for “one book, one community” programs. Communities choose from a few dozen (not the 100 in the BBC list) books and distributes guides and other resources for book groups and classroom discussions.

  4. YOU’VE NEVER READ THE BIBLE? where’s that bishop’s education gone? (new/old testament ARE required – unless you sparknoted it all, lol)
    and HAMLET. my goodness, thats like required for senior year…
    im disapointed in you – you bookworm you
    ;-D

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