Wednesday, February 18, 2009

100 Books List

I found this at Kim’s Play Place, who found it at Harriet Tubman Agenda, who found it at The Headmistress, who found it at …

Bold those you have read.
Italicize those you intend to read.
Alas, watching the movie doesn’t count.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (read with daughter)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien.
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (I was introduced to it through an article in Boston Globe about its explosion in the UK.)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (had to read, loved the movie, loved the book)
6 The Bible (old Testament, bits of the New)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (hated everyone in it)
8 1984 - George Orwell (school assignment)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass only)
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (high school assignment)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (read as daughter read)
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (I'm guessing this was a school assignment)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (didn't really enjoy)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (read in college)
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (read two summers ago -loved it)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (read twice, but only because I had forgotten)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (saving for when I am really old - I enjoy Tolstoy)
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (When, as an adult, I decided to become a reader, c. 1990, this is the very first book I chose at a used book store.)
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 (as part of a book club)
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (as part of a book club)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (school assignment)
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - only started
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving (as part of a book club)
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (hard to read)
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (as part of a book club)
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan (as part of a book club)
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons (Saw and loved the movie.)
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 (Made a huge impact on me recently.)
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 (A personal challenge to myself.)
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 (I wanted to read about the slow descent into madness - was not impressed.)
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt (I loved this book. It was read as part of a book club.)
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 (bought it, never got into it)
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 (Oui. French class.)
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 (hated it)
98 Hamlet – Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (a high school assignment)


How’d you do with the list?

2 comments:

C. August said...

I think that will be fun to do, and will probably post it on my blog. But on first blush, I'm rather disappointed in the number of popular "Oprah novels" on that list. And what self-respecting list wouldn't include Atlas Shrugged?

I think if I do it, I'll re-order things and add Atlas in there. And to compensate, I'll happily remove drivel like "5 People You Meet in Heaven".

LB said...

Clearly, the list does not respect itself. I'm certain you could come up with something much better.

I look forward to reading it.