Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Big Read

I saw this on Purplesque's blog (thanks Vijay for the introduction). It seems to be a meme going around the blogosphere rather than a list coming from the come from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA does have a program called "The Big Read".

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

Still it is interesting to read the "meme list" and see which ones you have read. So here it is:

“The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.”

1) Bold: I have read.
2) Underline: Books I love.

3) Reprint this list in your own blog 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. The 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 – Phillip 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 . The Complete works of Shakespeare (Like Purplesque I've tried, and failed. Have seen many of them performed.)

15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit --J.R.R. Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveler's Wife

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 (one of the few Steinbeck's I haven't read)

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

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

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 St. 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

I would also suggest:

Angel of Repose by Wallace Stegner

You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

Mountain Time by Ivan Doig

Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson

Tony Hillerman's mysteries (featuring Chee and Leaphorn)

Linda Barnes mysteries (featuring Boston PI Carlotta Carlyle)

Stephen White's mysteries (featuring psychologist Dr Alan Gregory)

Susuan Wittig Albert's mysteries (featuring China Bayles, owner of a herbal shop)

Would welcome any suggestions for myself or to give to my nieces and nephews (ages 2 yo to mid-30's).


enjay said...

I would recommend The Time Traveller's Wife, Life of Pi, and Midnight's children. Vikram Seth and Marquez are good if you have the patience to bear a little rambling in an otherwise good book.

For the younger nephews and nieces, The Dangerous book for Boys and The Dangerous book for girls.

Thanks for your recs..I now have my library list!

rlbates said...

Thanks Enjay. I'll keep those in mind.

Doctor David said...

Of the books that I have read that you have not (because, really, who needs recommendations of books they've read?) -- for a grownup, I loved Life of Pi, The Kite Runner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Lolita. For younger folks, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was great, and so was Charlotte's Web. If you liked Catcher in the Rye, you should also like Lord of the Flies.

rlbates said...

Thanks, Dr David.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Have you read Jean Auel's series that starts with Clan of the Cave Bear? They are fascinating because of the detail about the uses, both medical and culinary, of a wide variety of plants, herbs, flowers, etc. They are also a great commentary on the honesty, or lack thereof, among people. Blessings, marlene

rlbates said...

I'll keep those in mind. Thanks

enjay said...

To clarify..enjay is otherwise known as purplesque. Happy reading!

Devorrah said...

The Thief Lord is fabulous for all ages, perfectly appropriate for schoolaged kids. I read it twice.