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Reading Meme

Nicked from thephoenixboy

The Reading Meme
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

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
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. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
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
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' 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 - 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

Why is there not more Roald Dahl?  Or ANY Isaac Asimov?

I actually had to pull myself back from a few of them when I realised that wait, I actually haven't read that book, but I've heard so much about it that I've begun to think that I have.  There were also a couple that I only started and decided were so dull and boring that I couldn't bear to finish (i.e. anything by Jane Austen, sorry), but even if I were to bold those it would still be a depressingly small percentage of the total list.  All the italicised 'intend to read' ones I actually own and are just sitting in a giant 'to read' pile that never actually seems to get smaller.  Really, I need to just set aside a couple of weekends for reading and nothing else.

Guys, maybe in addition to Nanowrimo, we need a NanoREmo too.



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Jun. 27th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
I feel that I must defend Jane Austen, but that would sort of contradict myself so I don't blame you. Although, they ~do~ get more interesting later on, her stories, especially with the conversations and all. Speaking of witty and interesting conversations, you should try reading Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. I see that you haven't italicised it [but you have George Orwell's 1984, which literally had me banging my head at the wall, by the way]. Although, if you ~are~ quite interested with controversial, morally questionable, and brain-churning literature, I direct you to Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. It's about this man who's obsessing with a child [hmm sounds familiar....XD] and later marries the mother of the child so that he can...express his sexual frustrations...love to the child whilst the aforementioned and the mother are drugged asleep. It's quite interesting, really.
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Well, I suppose it's because I haven't seen Wuthering Heights at the second hand bookstore that I normally haunt. I'll continue to look for it at your recommendation though.

Oh yes, I am aware of Lolita. Not sure if I'll ever read it, though. Is the writing that good? I mean, it's been spoiled pretty badly... I'm not so good at reading things once the plot has been spoiled by third parties. Case in point, Perfume. :/ And it's not like I even have time to read the ones I already own anyway! XD
Jun. 28th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Nice meme. XDD I did it. Here.




You are missing out on a major piece of literature that is not TezuRyo but I SWEAR implies TezuRyo. Tsk, tsk. It's not the content that you're actually after (by the title, I'm sure you can assume what it is already), but the way the writer doles out the sheer sensuality--trust me, you'll pause at odd times and just wonder who the hell the writer is really writing.

Tempter sentence:
"You have to be an artist and a madman, a creature of infinite melancholy (*COUGH*TEZU*COUGH), with a bubble of hot poison in your loins (ZETTAI TEZU DAKARA) and a super voluptuous flame permanently aglow in your subtle spine, in order to discern at once, by ineffable signs -- the slightly feline outline of a cheekbone (RYOMAAAAAA), the slenderness of a downy limb, and other indices which despair and shame and tears of tenderness forbid me to tabulate--"

...see? And Tria, hora. Aren't you glad I recommended Lolita to you? XDD I was reading it, and Tria was asking me what I was reading, and I told her I was reading Lolita and that she should read it too because it's a very... educational piece of literature. ^____^ You should too, Sinn-san.

Edited at 2008-06-28 06:26 am (UTC)
Jun. 28th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
I've read it before o.o...when I was around that girl's age</small just not the English version, mind. *cough* Awkwardly...but we finished XD.
Jun. 28th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Hmm, with that new angle, I may be forced to italicise Lolita after all. :| Since you both feel so strongly about it and all... though think - time spent reading is LESS TIME WRITING TEZRYO! ;)
Jun. 28th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Darling, I only ever write because either there is not enough to read or something I read makes me want to write. Reading will mean less TezuRyo right now at this very moment, but after I finish a fine book (takes from as short as a day and a half to as long as a week or two, depending on the length and comprehensibility of book) I'm pretty sure my fingers will be itching from some workout. XDD So, in the end, there is actually MORE TezuRyo spawnage. XD
Jun. 28th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
I actually don't know about the English version. I've had the Russian one read to me for comprehension purposes. This person suggested it as a very good piece of literature so we [my reader and I] tried teaching me Russian with it. So...every few moments, he'd pause awkwardly and go: "Erm...I don't think you're supposed to be learning this kind of language." I was around ten-ish[?] at that time...I think.

It ~is~ a good source of inspiration for TezuRyo though. XD Twinness agrees:

"You have to be an artist and a madman, a creature of infinite melancholy (*COUGH*TEZU*COUGH), with a bubble of hot poison in your loins (ZETTAI TEZU DAKARA) and a super voluptuous flame permanently aglow in your subtle spine, in order to discern at once, by ineffable signs -- the slightly feline outline of a cheekbone (RYOMAAAAAA), the slenderness of a downy limb, and other indices which despair and shame and tears of tenderness forbid me to tabulate--"

So yeah. Both of us concludes that It is a good piece of literature even if one has been spoiled by [I'm certain] well meaning individuals that just want you to slave away writing TezuRyo to get your inspirational juices flowing.
Jun. 28th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
When have I stopped slaving away writing TezRyo long enough that I need to be incited into writing more? O__O

Oh, you were not the spoiling party, fear not. I'll add it to my 'look for' list.
Jun. 27th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I've read much less than you, but that's generally because I haven't had time between four different language classes (ie, why I'm so tired that I'm not writing in Japanese right now... uh... plus my WP is broken D: )

Crime and Punishment is really good though. Uh. That's about all I can say here. |D So um. If you ever have time you should read it? -shot-
Jun. 28th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)

:O The WP is broken? Nooooooo! I will take it easy on you and write in English, then. I dare say your brain is hurting after the past week of intense studying. XP

Cool, thanks for the rec!
Jun. 27th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Huh. That looks kind of fun to do, actually. x3
Jun. 28th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Yes. You should do it. *pokes* It's good taking stock of what you've read! Satisfying if you've read lots, motivating if you haven't. ;)
Jun. 28th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
I'll do it right after I post Buchou's meme. >>
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