Monday, February 23, 2009

The 100 book thingy

Oh, cool.

I was casting about for something to post this evening, and I wanted to do the book thing that's been floating around, but I thought I'd already done it.

But, it turns out that the one I did was about the list of the top 100 banned books, which this is not. Ergo, this is not a rerun, so don't bother complaining to the management.

Someone somewhere says this is a list of 100...what? Great books? Greatest books? Anyway, 100 books that most of us have heard of. And someone also said that the BBC thinks most people have only read six of them. Now, I rather doubt the BBC ever said that (I was probably exposed to six of these by the age of six), but it's fun and makes you feel all edumacated and stuff, so let's go.

  • Bold those you have read
  • * Star the ones you loved
  • Italicize those you plan on reading
  • Adding my own twist - # symbol on those I've read more than once
  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (High school)
  4. * # Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (Well, I'm on book 5, and on 2 with the girls)
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (High school)
  6. The Bible
  7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (High school)
  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 (High school)
  13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
  14. The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Yeah, right - But, a few of them. In high school.)
  15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
  16. * # The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
  17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (High school)
  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 (High school)
  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 (High school)
  29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (Started it with the kids, but they were too young)
  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 Berniere
  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 (Thanks, Erin!)
  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 (Started it, but it didn't grab me)
  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 (I think I may have read this one in Spanish - do I get extra credit?)
  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
  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 (Possibly? Or maybe just some children's version?)
  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 (High school)
  99. * # Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Hmmm. I didn't italicize anything. I guess I'm not an ambitious reader? If I were to pick one of the above that I haven't read, it would probably be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, because I think Lisa read it and told me something about it - and if so, that probably means she liked it, and if so, I probably would too.

I guess I'm more of an opportunistic reader at this point, what with no English libraries at hand, and no good access to the English used book stores.

3 comments:

quakerdave February 24, 2009 3:21 PM  

Hmmm.

Thackery, Dickens, Zola, Walker, on a list with Mitch Albom?

Interesting.

david santos February 24, 2009 3:51 PM  

Great posting, my friend, great! I love it! Congrats!!!

Brave Sir Robin February 25, 2009 11:07 AM  

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is FANTASTIC.

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