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So yesterday I went to Swindon, which has to be my least favourite city ever. It was ugly and smelly and not very nice. However! I did go into a charity store and walked away with this:

That is to say, 40 Sweet Valley High books! Oh my gosh, I was in heaven. I literally emptied two entire shelves worth of books! Oh, man. I can't wait to read through these. I'm reliving my childhood through the lives of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, only their childhood is far more interesting than mine was. Of course.

I've completely fallen out of the reading swing, lately. I was on a roll! But then I redisovered my Nintendo DS and lately Phoenix Wright completely owns my soul. I mean completely addictive gaming there. I'm on a big case right now where Edgeworth's being tried for murder! And all I keep thinking is 'oh god, I wish this was an anime. Why haven't they done an animated series of this?' This case is epic and the characters are awesome and nnnnggg and all I wanna do is blitz through the other games so I can read all the forums and websites without the fear of being spoilered. D:

*cough* Speaking of which, GIP much? Sorry, but a man in a gorgeous pseudo Georgian military (?) suit with a thing for tea? Needs no explanation. And he has Vincent hair. Hee.

But yeah. Reading! This book meme going around makes me feel utterly uncultured. I don't want to do it because I've read so few of the books listed. How lame.

Oh, alright, then.

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) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read only 6 or less and force books upon them ;-)

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
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
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
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
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
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
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's Diary - Helen Fielding
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 ish. I'm reading it now.
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

See? Lame. I'm currently reading 'The Secret Garden' and a Discworld book ('Men at Arms'), though, and once I've finished this bloody Phoenix Wright, I'm sure I'll get back onto that.


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Jun. 26th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Did you do English Lit. at uni? Several of those were for my A levels/ the past two years of degree.
Jun. 26th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
No, I did a Creative Studies (Writing) Degree. I studied a ton of them in my English Lit A level, but we didn't study many books on my degree.
Jun. 26th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I see. Do you want recs? I think I've read half of these.
Jun. 26th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yes please! I've already asked sunlightdances for recs after she posted this meme, too. I'd really appreciate that :)
Jun. 26th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)

Anne of Green Gables is adorable. It's about this red-headed orphan girl getting into all sorts of adventures; I still die laughing at her bad romance stories and tendency for melodrama as she grows up. It's got enough of a hard edge to not be overly cheesy as well.

To Kill a Mockingbird's good as well; it's told from the POV of a tomboy girl up with her single Dad,a lawyer with morals in a small Southern town. Apparently it's semi-autobiographical; a teeny Truman Capote is in it (under a different name) as the friend next door.

Little Women's alright; it's about five sisters and their mother while the father is fighting in the Civil War. Beth is rather irritating, but I love Jo, and enjoyed reading about a different culture.

I liked Catcher in the Rye five years ago, but now I just want to give Holden Caulfield a kick in the groin >:( Irritating over privileged git.

I adore 'Life of Pi', although it is slow going at the start. It's about an Indian son of a zoo keeper emigrating to Canada with his family when the boat sinks. It becomes very trippy at the end.

Watership Down is complete and utter love &hearts It's so well done; the author gave the rabbits a complex society and some really good mythological lore.

Lolita is creepy as fuck. Unlike in the film versions, she's twelve. It isn't in the least overrated,IHMO.

And if you ever change your mind about Austen, I recommend P&P or Persuasion :D

Edited at 2008-06-26 08:33 pm (UTC)
Jun. 26th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
I WANT TO DIE AND GO TO YOUR PART OF HEAVEN!!! *grabby hands!* Shit, that'd be a dream come true to find that many SVH books in one go! I might try thrifting one day... when I can drive. >_>

*steals the book meme*

Jun. 26th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
wow - that is an amazing find!
Jun. 26th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, added to say, don't worry about not having read the majority of those books. I was homeschooled so I didn't read the majority of them either. The ones I did end up reading I read my sophmore year of college (or uni) in a "young adult literature" course. ;)


Jun. 26th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)

Jun. 26th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
I've read less of those than you have, and I'm like King Books.

I abdicate.
Jun. 26th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh. I get it. Not only do you visit my city and slag it off, but you neglect to tell me you even came here!

I see how it is. Oh, I certainly do! Don't think I don't! Because I do!
Jun. 26th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
I looked in EVERY NATIONWIDE for you. And I Mean EVERY Nationwide I found - there are like a MILLION in town. We left at 5 andyou wouldn't have finished work or else I woulda texted you and demanded attention.

EVERY Nationwide. Ask my mum! ASK her. :(
Jun. 26th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Ah. Well, here's the thing - I work at head office now. Which is a dirty great building towards the south of Swindon. Hence why you wouldn't have found me. But good work on the checking! For future reference I usually finish work at four, if you happen to be around in the afternoon.

I'll still have a word with your ma, if you like.
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
SWEET VALLEY HIGH FTW!!!!! Man, I used to love those books.
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
oh *GASP* I loooooved the SV books! Except I sort of regained my passion more for the Baby-sitters Club, but I won't turn down a SV book!
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
omg The Magic Christmas and the Super Chillers series of the SVT books are seriously THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. I swear it. Hands down.
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