My First Meme

I came upon this book meme at kittywampus who got it from other places, like here and here .  BTW, it’s more than worth your while to pop over to kittywampus to see the pic accompanying this post.

I don’t take it seriously, it’s just for fun, though I’d be seriously interested in hearing from anyone who’d like some book chat, so please do drop your comment and link here if you decide to do the meme or, if you don’t have a website, just do this in the comment section.

Supposedly the average “American” has read at least six of these books.  I’m neither average nor American and you don’t have to be either.  You’re supposed to copy the list and then bold the titles you’ve read, italic the titles you’ve started and *asterisk* those you intend to read.

Here’s my list and I must say, doing this has prompted me to want to read a few of them again.  Like Wuthering Heights, for instance; Tess of the D’Urbervilles, oh maude I love Hardy; Alice in Wonderland would suit me quite well these days; I’ll be giving birth to my first grandchild in a few months (ha ha dear “A” – the “little nugget”) and I’m looking forward to reading The Wind in the Willows with him/her; and Charlotte’s Web; and Narnia stuff, whatever people think about poor ole C.S. Lewis; as well as Winnie, Charlie,  and My Secret Garden.  Guess my tastes are running toward the childlike these days.  I’ve already devoured the Austen and Bronte so many times I’ve lost count.  What this all means, I neither know nor care.  Have fun and see ya around. 

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible – that is if they don’t mean the WHOLE THING!

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

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

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

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

26 *Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh*

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

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 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

43 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

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

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

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

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

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

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

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection

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

BTW, several people have noted that they’d read more than six of these books before they finished high school.  I’m at 31 on that issue.  I went to high school in Toronto between 1967 and 1971.  Some of these books weren’t written at that time.  It would be interesting to know how many people had a similar experience and when their high school years took place. 

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