100 Books meme

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“The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.”
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 6 and force books upon them 😉

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien.  Started, never finished.
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  Well, I used to love it, not so much anymore.
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare  Haven’t read all of them.
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger  Overrated 
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   Never finished
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky   Never finished
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck  Never finished
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   Unfinished.
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
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce Started, never finished.
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  Started, never finished.
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  This is a classic of some kind?  Maybe of junk.
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad Read it in high school and again in college twice, once for a lit class and once for a textual analysis class in conjunction with Apocalypse Now.  Hate this book.  Afterthought:  one of the characters of Alex Carr’s The Prince of Bagram Prison was Kurtz — reference to this book?  I think so.
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 

Read 37 books.  Attempted to read 7 more.  Have 10 or more TBR.


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7 responses to “100 Books meme

  1. I’ve read 28. Not too bad.

  2. Anonymous

    I’ve read fifty, which is beautifully balanced of me. (And I’m not sure why I get a point for reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe when it’s already one of the Narnia Chronicles.)
    Of the books you intend to read, I highly recommend Winnie the Pooh (how did you escape that in childhood?) and I also really loved Atonement. I bought The Shadow of the Wind for it’s awesome cover, and enjoyed it, but didn’t love it. Hitchhiker I’m less sure about. I can’t read it now, and I don’t know if that’s because it’s dated, or because it’s too familiar.
    Of the books you love, I haven’t read either of the Marquez. And now I’m tempted, because I like the other books you love. Which would you recommend?
    Marianne McA

    • I’m having a hard time deciding which Garcia Marquez to recommend. One Hundred Years of Solitude is a combination of history (based on Gabo’s home town) and fiction. It’s an epic, really. Love in the Time of Cholera is a story about love , although I wouldn’t necessarily call it a love story. If I could only pick one to re-read, ever, it would be One Hundred Years. But it is a hard choice to make.
      I’m not sure how I missed Winnie the Pooh as a kid. We were more Seuss kids, I think.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks – I’ll start with ‘One hundred years..’ then. I like reading history books anyway, so history and fiction sounds appealing.

  3. I was supposed to read 13 of these. I think I’ve finished 2 of them – Hamlet (I couldn’t believe I had to study this one three years in a row) and Handmaid’s Tale. The rest were for school and I didn’t read much as a kid/teen. I only really got interested in reading after highschool.

    • I kind of think that a lot of these lists are silly. I mean, what does it mean if you or I have read them? That our school systems have bought into the propanda of some list maker? Who decided that these are the best books anyway? The Five People You Meet in Heaven is on this list? IMO, making people read that book is cruel and unusual punishment. Most of Charles Dickens could stand heavy editing. The Bell Jar was more depressing crap from a woman who needed to take some antidepressants. And etc.

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