Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Top 100 books

Gakked from my writing buddy Rosa.
According to the Big Read the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books listed here.
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 blog 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
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--A few of them, but not enough to bold
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--Do kiddie versions count?
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--Yeah, I know, it's part of the Chronicals. But eh...
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--I struggled through it, but it was hard
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen--I'd underline this twice if I could!
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--Loved the movie even more
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--Does seeing the movie count?
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--On the Beach was good
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl--I saw Willie Wonka...
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

*buffing nails on chest* That would be 37, and 10 of the top 11. Not bad at all, though I must admit that a number of them were forced reads in school. And even more humiliating... I can barely remember some of them. But now I'm inspired to search out digital copies of some of the classics I'd still like to read and put them on my Kindle.

Maybe I'm finally over my addiction to romance...


  1. Hi mom!

    Ok I did the math:
    -Read 24
    -Started 3 and didn't like them so stopped
    -Have 3 on my bookshelf that I haven't had a chance to read yet.
    - Also own Atonement, but hated the movie so much that I've vowed not to read it!

    My favorites are Pride & Prejudice (really anything by Jane Austen), Anne of Green Gables, Memoirs of a Geisha, and the Harry Potter books! And I liked The Kite Runner but thought A Thousand Spendid Suns was much better!

    Oh and Bridget Jones Diary is one of the few books where I have actually liked the movie better.

    Love, Betsy

  2. Not to mention that you've read more grown-up books and I was heavy on the children's stories. Of course, if we're going to be competitive I feel that I should be lining up a couple more. Big fat worthy ones with lots of words that make my brain hurt.

    Or not.

  3. Pride goeth before a fall, ya know.

    If I include the ones I nodded off in the midst of reading...
    and also the ones that I feel qualify as read (through osmosis because after slogging through 3/4 of each book,they sat on my headboard mere inches from my brain for three years)....
    I'm up to....*drum roll*....



  4. Hi Momma! I read about a dozen...did you really read ALL the Bible...I'm not sure if I believe that one. You haven't read Of Mice and Men? We had to read it for school. Oh...and Watership Down should be underlined...that book rocks!!!

    Love you! Mol

  5. I sit alone in my corner of the world pondering on all the books I've read, and how many I've forgotten. Sad to say, that applies to most of those on your list. That being said, I've decided that if I remember the title then that is sufficient unto the day, because I am, as Noel repeatedly reminds me, now in my dotage.

    So I'll toodle off to count before I forget to remember what it was I was going to do.

    Luvs and Hugz