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06 December 2010 @ 11:46 pm
Sponge, this one's for you  
oddishly tagged me for this during my week of downtime in the Land of No Internet, so here goes:

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 Does going to Mass for 16 years count? My favourite story is when Jesus tells the criminals on the other crosses that 'today you will see me in Paradise." The rest gets a bit old after the first 10,000 times.
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 Tess made me want to kill myself ... only after I'd killed her.
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare Like, four. Mostly whatever we were forcefed in school.
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 Great concept, TERRIBLE execution. Couldn't get past 20 pages.
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 Berniere
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
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving I'm wary of Irving ever since the pony in The Cider House Rules.
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 HOMOPHOBIAAAAAAAAAA!
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 Gave up when I realised it wasn't racy.
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 What a committee of suck.
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 Madame Borywhine, more like.
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 I wish they'd hurry up and have sex already.
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 This is NOT FUNNY.
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 My current RIP.

60/100. Mehhhhh. Barely a pass by my old university's standards.

I am so very, desperately unhappy and I don't know why. I mean, I know why: crap boys, hate my job, apartment not working despite exorbitant rent (hi there, non-flushing toilet and cold rads!), having to leave my cat with my parents because of landlord's uncannily astute suspicions, failure to write, sneaking feeling that ability to write is draining away due to lack of use and will one day soon be gone, very little social interaction outside work, searing cold loneliness ... oh, actually, maybe I do know why. Funny, that makes it worse.
Current Mood: lonelylonely
l.m.: pic#106379174incandescent on December 7th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
I'm terrified and impressed. This is absolutely fabulous. And your commentary. *snickers*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 8th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
That list is the weirdest, though. When I think of the booklist that defines 'should have read' I think more of the BBC Big Read.
a kid on the lookout for transcendenceextemporally on December 8th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 8th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
lenanderson on December 29th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
To Kill a Mockingbird
Hey, cheer up! Life’s not that bad. Like the songs says,”Put on a happy face”,. In fact after reading 'To Kill a Mockingbird' you should be able to see how good life is. Atticus Finch is the epitome of all the values we’ve been taught as children. His compassion, fairness, understanding, and most of all, his faith in himself, are amazing! It’s like a re-affirmation that, inspite of all the ugliness in the world, there are people in the world that make it a better place to live in. As long as there are people like Atticus Finch around, we don’t have to worry about the world. Reading and re-reading this book makes me feel good. Granted, it is a hard book to understand – and for anyone who needs help I would highly recommend Shmoop. It’s a great place to widen your literary horizons. Check it out!