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August 11, 2005

The Big Read

I'm toying with trying to get through all the books in the BBC's "The Big Read" list. So far I've read the following:

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
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
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
40. Emma, Jane Austen
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding

Hey! That's more than 20% through the list. Of course, most of those books were read a good 10-15 years ago and with a vastly different amount of life experience.

August 12, 2005

Currently Reading:

The Big Read's #4: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. (Yes. This is, in fact, a book I have not read.)

I just last night finished off The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. A coworker loaned it to me the day before. I definitely got sucked into the story and rode the emotional rollercoaster with the characters. I expect I'll be seeing more books from my coworker in the future.

As for The Big Read, I'm trying to take the list roughly in order but am giving preferential treatment to books we have already in the house. I have to admit that I'm not confident that I will make it through Jane Erye (#10). It was given to me as a gift years ago and I've tried starting it a few times and given up pretty quickly. I'm also a little leery of War and Peace (#20) but I'll worry about that when I get there...

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