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"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise 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 ;-)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (Started about 3 times but never got beyond book 2, sigh!)
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible (What, ALL of it? Why bother when I already know the ending?... Mythical boy gets stapled to a tree, followed by 2000 years of people saying "my god's got a bigger dick than your god, therefore I'm afraid you leave me no option but to herd you all into ghettos then kill you on his behalf!")
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (Currently reading "The Amber Spyglass", as it happens)
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (Several underlines here!)
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 (Many, many, many underlines here, probably about 42, hehe)
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (unfair to favourite this book since he was brought up only 20 km distant from here. All I'll say is that it indicates we have good drugs in these parts, :D)
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dicken
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
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 (Pure, inspired genius!)
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 (Read it for O level, that counts, right?)
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (Cannot praise this chilling, (prophetic?) novel highly enough)
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 (Read her "Cause Celeb"; she's so much more than Bridget Jones)
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 (ANYthing by Bryson is wonderful!)
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 (You read the book, saw the movie, bought the T-shirt; now........ eat the pie! Tee hee)
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
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Santa has a new member on the team this evening,

Boris The Brown-Nosed Reindeer.

He runs directly behind Rudolph, but..........


.....stop..........so..........quickly !

Merry Christmas everyone.

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Once, a long, long time ago, a group of the younger angels in Heaven became weary of being goody-goodies, living pure, virtuous lives and doing nothing but play their harps the whole day.

Therefore they decided to descend to the world of men in human guise for a feast of unbridled decadence and debauchery to rid themselves of these urges for good, then return to serve their god once more.

God, of course, had seen this coming; he does see everything, after all (bear that in mind that the next time you're stealing underwear from your neighbour's washing line!) and thought it best to let them sow their wild oats.

The moment he gave permission, they packed their wings and haloes and caught the first rainbow to earth. Some say they arrived in Las Vegas, some Blackpool, others Ibiza; we'll never know now, since it's not recorded which issue of "The Lonely Planet Guide to The Mortal World" they had stolen from the public library.

What is without doubt is they had the most wonderful time,carousing, feasting,singing, dancing, fornicating, enjoying the "hospitality" of the earth girls, in return pleasuring them in so many ways the girls had never before imagined in their wildest dreams.

Eventually the angels (and girls!) were all fantasticallyand very happily sated, and the angels, their urges satisfied, returned to Heaven.

Naturally, for the mortal girls left behind in the world, there were certain consequences, and nine months later they gave birth to the most perfect, perfect, happy, talented, breathtakingly beautiful, children anyone had ever seen.

And, my friends, we are even now still lucky enough to see the descendants of the offspring of those unique, sublime, angelic couplings all around us in our daily lives,






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I was told there are two secrets to publishing a successful blog...

1. Always leave them wanting more.

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