February 20th, 2009

Book of the Still

That book meme that is all over your flist

These are the top hundred "books we can't live without", according to a poll conducted for World Book Day 2007 (presumably in the UK). According to the meme, "the BBC allegedly believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100"; I can't find any source for the statistic, and the spurious-seeming invocation of the BBC suggests this list is being conflated with the Beeb's "Big Read" from 2003, which produced a similar but not identical list (The Big Read has LotR top and P&P second, for starters, and the HP books were listed separately with the most recent at the time -- Goblet -- doing best out of the four).

Anyway, the rules are: bold the books you've read in their entirety, italicise the ones you started but didn't finish.

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Twenty five, which is both more than I expected and more than it felt like in the process of going through the list.