Lit Meme

Jun. 11th, 2010 10:30 am
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 [ profile] q_sama  started it, but now everyone is doing it!

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) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) 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.

List under the cut. )

Methinks I should be watching a bit less Doctor Who and reading a bit more classic literature.

And? If I'm somewhat embarrassed by how few of these I've read, it absolutely blows my mind that the average adult has only read SIX of these! I think there are at least six books on this list that every child should have read by the age of ten, and another six or so that are best read (the first time, I mean) between the ages of ten and fourteen. Adults have no excuse.
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Has anybody ready The King of Attolia and/or A Conspiracy of Kings?

How are they?

I adore The Thief and The Queen of Attolia SO MUCH. To me, they're perfection in literature. They're on the short list of books, and Turner is on the short list of authors, that I love so much I will never look for or read or attempt to write fanfic for them -- because the books are complete, in and of themselves, and any fic that's even slightly less-perfect would be such a huge step down from the canon itself that it would break my heart in half.

So I have shiny new copies of The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings sitting on my bedroom floor (er. I might need to clean my room.), and I'm trying to decide if I'm brave enough to read them.

What if they're not as good as the first two?

Any thoughts?

No spoilers, please. Just tell me if, loving the first two so much, I'm likely to be disappointed by the next two.

The rest of that short list? Ellen Emerson White's Vietnam-era books, Edith Pattou's East, and everything by Nicola Griffith (though I'd make an exception on that if [ profile] kitty_ryan  was the one writing). Diana Wynne Jones would be on the list, but she's written so very many widely divergent and wonderously creative things, it feels less profane to fic her work, even if you make a bosh of it.


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