June 25th, 2008

The Librarian

Snitched from stupidcoyote and libwitch

ADDITIONAL NOTE from jlsjlsjls: Because of the pair of title duplications in this list, out of curiosity I went to the "Big Read" website to check the original (knowing how LJ people alter things) and discovered that this list isn't anywhere on the site (strange, if it's supposed to be their list). Anyone know where this thing originated?

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize 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 ;-)
5)Annotate at will.

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 well, v.1 and v. 4-6, actually ... I'll get to the others one day
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible Like everybody else, I've read chunks rather than cover-to-cover ... I've always seen it as a cobbled-together reference book, kind of like Mackay's "Extraordinary Delusions & the Madness of Crowds" (and why isn't THAT on this list???!!!)
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 Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Gramahe
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 I echo libwitch ... why is this on the list twice? One can only assume that the maker of this list was cribbing from other lists and doesn't actually know anything about any of the books
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
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery It's unpatriotic for a Canadian not to have read this
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding Read it at age twelve and was mortally insulted that the author thought kids my age were so stupid.
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
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 - 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 Again, why is it listed twice?
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
The Librarian

Up and down and 'round and 'round ...

Made my pilgrimage to the Glenbow Museum today ... spent over five hours wandering the exhibits (and did my bit for fitness by using the huge central staircase to get to all four floors instead of lazing in the elevators). Aside from dodging a camera crew filming some promotional thingy and a pair of obnoxiously loud women who were disbelievingly amazed that any culture before the age of plastic could have created anything of worth or beauty, I had great fun ... skipped the history of Alberta exhibition this time (that's in every museum in the province anyway, and I was ravenous and tired of being indoors by then), but did meander through all the other permanent exhibitions (Asian art relating to Buddhism and Hinduism, First Nations history and culture, Minerals, West African art, Warriors (with the spirit of anotheranon at my shoulder, exclaiming over and coveting the sharp shiny things), plus all the temporary exhibitions.

After that, a stroll up and down the downtown's outdoor pedestrian mall (several blocks of 8th Avenue), noting that just about everything along there seems to be a restaurant & bar of some kind now, rather than the original collection of neat little independent shops ... just how many eating establishments can one downtown support anyway? Especially when that whole area is dead on Saturdays and Sundays? Paid a farewell visit to the local branch of McNally Robinson, which will be closing its doors at the end of July (not for financial reasons , as store and company both doing extremely well ... industry rumour is that they were offered a too-obscene-to-refuse price for their building by some developer). And then hopped a train home, figuring that catching the 3:50 p.m. would put me just ahead of daily commuters (train was packed anyway ... oh well)

And now I want ice cream (or sherbet or something frozen and sweet) and have nothing of the kind in the freezer ... so off to the grocery store we go!