Monday, 8 December 2008

Big Read Meme

Saw this over at Doodles and have nicked it. It's getting towards the end of the year and I always make my blog into a book (curtosy of the ingenius software that basically does it for you at Blurb) and I'm thinking that there's not much for 2008 so I'm going to have to bulk it up some how. So it's meme city from now on. Maybe.

The Big Read meme

This meme is originally from the Big Read. Apparently they reckon most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.


  • Look at the list and bold those you have read.
  • Underline those you intend to read. (I had to make them a different colour instead - no underline on Blogger)
  • Italicise the books you LOVE.
  • Post your list so we can try and track down these people who’ve only read 6 and force books upon them.
  • Heather marked with an S the books she started and couldn't finish so I did that too.
  • Because I am a child of the 80s I've also asterixed (is that a word) the ones I haven't read but have seen a film or tv adaptation of. Hell, it's practically the same thing. Maybe.
  • I have put multiple question marks - ??? - by the ones I've never even heard of. Because I am ignorant.
  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 - Awful bilge.
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  6. The Bible Bits of it.
  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 S
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare Bits of.
  15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
  17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger S
  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 S
  27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  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 About 3 books of the set.
  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
  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’ Diary - Helen Fielding **
  69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville S
  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
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo **
Notes from a Small Island and Bridget Jones are essential reads nowadays? Wow. And the Da Vinci Code? Now I am sure somewhere along the line this list has been tampered with. Possibly by Dan Brown. So what does this tell us? My list I mean, not Dan Brown's moral code... Mainly that I seem to have watched a lot of bad tv. Feel free to steal for your own blog...

Ha! Just realised...I've read more than 6. Eat that Big Readers.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Mermaid - the results are in!

Hoorah hoorah - Nightcrickett! I have pm'd you on ravelry. Natalie at the Yarn Yard has donated her donation page so you just need to donate 20 squid to medicine sans frontier and then register it with the Yarn Harlot here. If anyone else feels like making a donation then good on you. Think how much it will mean to someone plus it will make you warm and fuzzy inside.


I have been knitting furiously on a plethora of hats. Two hats. Ok, only two. But they're good. But then I only have a picture of one. But here it is. Oh yeah.

That is Pooch modelling it, but it is actually for my office secret santa recipient. The other hat, which is a red beanie and the third I have knitted like it, is for another secret santa. I knitted most of it during the KCG Board meeting yesterday. It took place at my workplace since they lent us the meeting room for nothing and my CEO was there working. Half way through he stuck his head in and said goodbye and I just know he's going to say something about a roomfull of knitters when I get in tomorrow.

Christmas fever has broken out chez byrne. My sister came round yesterday and we put up the tree and I have been wrapping presents today.

Still not feeling very festive though. Must download some carols.

Christmas projects still to finish are the tardis socks, rob's cursed jumper, and something for dad. Apparently he has commented that I have never knitted him anything. This is because the two times I have offered he wasn't keen on socks and laughed and then begged not to receive knitted golf club covers. Just goes to show - be careful what you don't wish for, or something.
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