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January 12, 2007

This is a meme imported from LiveJournal; since I don’t use my LJ account other than to comment others’ posts, I’ll do the meme here.

The Instructions:

1. Go look at The Guardian’s list of 30 books UK librarians think everyone should read. Copy the full list. Bold the books you read and liked, strike out the ones you read and HATED, and italicize the ones you read and don’t care one way or the other about. Only count books/series you’ve actually finished; don’t even think about movie versions. (Parenthetical comments are optional but welcome!)

2. For every book you crossed out, list another book you’d rather have seen on the list instead. Feel free to add more if you want to.

* To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (I could talk at length about why I disliked it so much, but I won’t, not in this post anyway.)
* The Bible (I have read maybe three quarters of the Old Testament, and all of NT)
* The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien
* 1984 by George Orwell
* A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
* Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (I didn’t like it much but nor did I hate it. It was rather boring, with uninteresting characters.)
* Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
* All Quiet on the Western Front by E M Remarque (the list actually said “All Quite on the Western Front”!)
* His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman (have read the first two books twice. Both times I lost interest completely in the second half of book two. I’m not even curious to find out how it ends.)
* Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
* The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
* The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
* Tess of the D’urbevilles by Thomas Hardy
* Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
* Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
* The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
* Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (The first novel I read in English. I was 13, IIRC. Re-reading it as an adult I didn’t like it as much, I must admit.)
* Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
* The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
* The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
* The Prophet by Khalil Gibran (have only read parts of it but like it well enough.)
* David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
* The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Nothing I have heard about this book has made me want to read it… how can it be on this list?)
* The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
* Life of Pi by Yann Martel
* Middlemarch by George Eliot
* The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
* A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
* A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzenhitsyn

I would replace To Kill a Mockingbird by…
* The Long Ships by Frans G Bengtsson.