JJ Makes Another Book Meme Her Own

27 02 2009

Okay, I wanted to play nice but this recycled meme copied from some random blogs made me cross — it purportedly comes from “The BBC Booklist” so I marked up all 100 books ready to share, before I tracked this back to the original BBC list voted on by British readers in 2003, and found the thing’s been tinkered with, like a game of Gossip.
(On the Intertubes, imagine that!)

For example, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett which left me (and Oprah) awestruck, and which now has a satisfyingly fat sequel sitting in my bedside on-deck stack, belongs at #33 but was dropped completely off the list for meming purposes, what’s that about??

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Jane Austen dominates the meme version, but the BBC’s real readers voted for plenty of Terry Pratchett and children’s book specialist Roald Dahl (but no Dr. Seuss??)

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while Jane Austen was put in (or out of?) her place! . . .OTOH, Shakespeare and Margaret Atwood aren’t on that original list, which is a loss imo and one reason to prefer blog-altered versions. No Ann Patchett on either list, hmmm, not even Bel Canto which should be required reading before registering to vote??. . .

So I could’ve meddled further, kept in and put in more of my own favorites, taken out titles on the real list that trip my gag reflex, like Clan of the Cave Bear [shudder] and certainly added the Ranger’s Apprentice series.

But I blog the virtues of my own best books without following any meme or popular vote, see “Choose Nine Books for Your Gift Box.” Or this, in which I demonstrate that to me, all holiday gift list memes should be book lists too:

Via BlogHer, where there’s lots more holiday fun and we’re encouraged to add our own custom-crafted gift lists, say for evolved homeschoolers or unschooling dads? . . .

All my lists for giving and getting turn into book lists — this year I found a couple of great word books for my pubescent nephews, but geez, “Word Books for Pubescent Nephews” might be a bit too esoteric a list, even for BlogHer? 😉

So instead, I redid my personal 100 using the real unadultered BBC list, not anyone’s bastardized meme momma version! Here ’tis, play along if you want: Read the rest of this entry »

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