The Literate Book List Meme

Based on top 100 books to read released by BBC back in April 2009, I found this on Tine’s blog as she put down what she has read within the really long list. I’ve seen similar book memes like this going around, but I’ve never gone around and done them until now. So why not anyway? Any self respecting bookworm should at least find out how much they have actually gone through over the years. Here is what I’ve been reading in my spare time.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (Forget the horrible Hollywood adaptation. I think this is one of the best trilogies of all time)
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (I proclaim this book as dreary only because I had to read it for my English Literature exam)
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell (A cult classic. If you think you live in an oppressive nation, definitely read this book)
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (If you liked this, also read “Alice Though The Looking Glass” which is darker)
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer (Apparently this is was better than Harry Potter)
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles (I’ve been trying to get my hands on this book)
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (The antitheses to Nineteen Eighty Four. The world is controlled by apathy and the search for pleasure)
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (Another book I’ve been trying to get my hands on)
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

There we go, a good 39 out of a 100 books. Not too bad too if it is to be believed that the average person would have only read 6 books from that list, and it is hard to believe that an average person wouldn’t have read more than that. Then again, when you think about people today and their immersion into technology, you can see how people would prefer to read blogs rather than an actual page turning book. I don’t blame them either. Book reading hasn’t reached a state where the majority of people can be comfortable with digital copies of their favourite books

Personally, I don’t draw any distinctions between the two. Whether it be a nice paperback or words scrolling across the screen, I found that you can do both while under a warm blanket with hot chocolate by your side, or under a tree in the warming springtime at a park. So to me, it doesn’t really matter what medium those books are being delivered, as long as I can lose myself in them all the same. That’s just as well too, because I really don’t have enough space at home to fit in all the books I have read and have yet to read. Sometimes digital has its advantages, if only to see if I can increase the amount of books I’ve read on meme lists like this.

Talk about a competition.

6 thoughts on “The Literate Book List Meme

  1. Dang that’s a lot of books read 😛 Personally, I prefer a proper hardcopy of a book anytime. I find myself drawn to the smell, whether it’s of new books or old musty ones.

    I shall check out the book you recommended, His Dark Materials.

  2. I’d prefer a hardcopy of a book too, because it really feels good to flip through the pages (as compared to scrolling the mouse).

    But then again, whoever came up with THAT list? The books are either sci-fi or classical, LOL. Whatever happened to John Grisham, Amy Tan, Ken Follett, Michael Crichton and the rest of the contemporary writers?

  3. I tried the first couple of Artemis Fowl books – I found Artemis Fowl to be a bit annoying and then I couldn’t be arsed to read more.

    Too many books and authors I know I probably won’t read in my lifetime, like Steinbeck (who I hate after The Pearl for SPM) and Dostoyevsky (too long winded a translation).

  4. Tine: Smell is one thing, but I realised a long time ago that the whole point of a book is the story. After that, it was easy to move in between a hardcopy and a softcopy. Each has its own charms, I’ve learn to appreciate the latter I guess. And yes, definitely read His Dark Materials.

    Pelf: It was BBC’s top 100 list as per voted by people, hence a lot of the classics and also…Harry Potter. I don’t really mind, the classics stated there are really good classics which in all accounts supersede many of the mainstream contemporary writers of today. The sci-fi books too are pretty much cult classics that apply very well in our world today such as Nineteen Eighty Four and A Brave New World.

    Synical: Kinda why a lot of us focus on a single genre. These days, I never read mainstream contemporary fiction anymore, instead I focus more on science fiction and all its sub-genres. It’s easier for me to keep tract and digest it, and even so I’m missing out on a lot too.

  5. That’s very admirable indeed, good sir!

    I am myself a huge fan of the His Dark Materials series, and I think CS Lewis’s Narnia doesn’t stand a chance to it (although I love it dearly too). Above all, I love the battle waged against Magisterium as a rejection of organised religion, and I’m just a sucker for parallel universes as a concept.

    I don’t think that the film adaptation is all that horrible: I find the casting perfect. However, there were some ludicrous moments with Iorek, and I was disappointed that they left out the intricate Alethiometer reading and left it to some montages, but I guess it would’ve been hard to portray in a film anyway.

    On the list, I’m quite surprised that Ayn Rand’s books are left off.

  6. Zurairi: I felt that The Golden Compass movie was disappointing in so many ways, both Lord Asriel and Mrs Coulter were off character and they completely butchered the storyline completely. I didn’t think it would be hard to portray it on film, but the problem was that at heart, the plot was about waging war on heaven and questioning the very dogma of religion. Hollywood is not for trying to get into lawsuits so they toned it down a lot, which was why the movie didn’t make sense at all, especially the ending which they left out from the book.

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