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My LJ's very blank. Since my mind seems to be equally vacant at the moment, I stole a Meme-ish thing to fill some space. 

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) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've only read 6 and force books upon them.


1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (Had to read part of it- ARGH)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (Read 1.5 books... Ugh.)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (I've heard mixed reviews of this)
4 The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (All the old testament in Hebrew AND English, and I can quote from it... Bereshet bara Elohim, et ha shamayim ve et ha aretz.... The NT I've seen a bit of, mostly on various obnoxious pamphlets.)
7 Wuthering Heights
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (Love.)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (Not quite a favorite, but I loved the first 2 in the series. The last one? I'm okay with dissing religion, but it was sudden and the plot was CRAP)
10 Great Expectations- Charles Dickens (And I'll admit it, I LIKED this. Poor pip. Estella was amazing.)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (Never heard of this)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (My kind of book- funny and absurd.)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (A few plays were good but I feel NO need to read 'em all.)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (I have never wanted to smack a character as much as Holden. And the kids in my class kept going on about how the guy who patted him on the head was probably a child molester.)
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (Love. Love. But I hated Rhett towards the end- he was kinda badass, why did he screw it up by being a dick? ._.; Scarlett was amazing, too, up until he dragged her off up the stairs with her crying.. And then she decided she liked it. =\ Maybe if I hadn't been 10 when I read this for the first time I'd have been less creeped out.)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (Meh, too much symbolism for me. Not my favorite.)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens (I know- no one REALLY likes Dickens, they just claim to. A tale of two cities was awful and I never finished it, but I quite liked Great Expectations. Then again, when I watched the 9 hour play of NIcholas Nickleby it was awful, and the book appeared worse... And then there's Oliver Twist, which I had to read too much of in private school, and despised. So I suppose his works are really a mixed bag. )
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (NOOOOooooo)
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (It's way overrated.)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Liked it at first, but it dragged too much and then the end was too sudden.)
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (Classic kid's story!)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (Christian propoganda? Maybe. But I still liked 'em.)
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (What is it with hated/unhappy kids and kites? I read a book about two chinese brothers who loved kites recently, and now this...)
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 Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
(TRIED to read this... Controversy's fun, but this book managed to make it lame and boring.)
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 (These were good when I started the series, but once I hit about 10, started being lame.)
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
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
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

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 (Desolation angels and Dharma bums especially were better.)
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 (Had to 'analyze' Fagin and other characters for school.... Bleh. Never liked this. Though I suppose it was less painful to read then The Prioress' tale!)
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (The book that started the vampire craze/fetish... What the hell, it's classic, I ought to read it someday.)
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (The movie was adorable! I never did finish the whole book.)
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 (Wasn't bad, but I didn't really get it, possibly because I suck at understanding christianity.)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker (The writing wasn't so great, IMHO. If you're looking for a book about abused minority women, go with I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Or look for something cheerier and spare yourself.)
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
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
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
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (Might as well read this, to see what all the fuss is about.)

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