Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Reading List :)

My friend Meg Larsen had this note on Facebook, and I thought it was kind of cool. I'm not following the official rules. :) I just thought it was interesting and thought that some of the people who read my blog might want to do a mental check list on this, too. ;) Or a blog check list. Hehe.

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have read 6 of the 100 books here.

Look at the list below and put an 'x' before those titles you have read.

X 1 Pride and Prejudice—Jane Austen
X 2 The Lord of the Rings—JRR Tolkien (this is actually three books . . .)
X 3 Jane Eyre—Charlotte Bronte
X 4 Harry Potter series—JK Rowling (ALL 7!)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird—Harper Lee
X 6 The Bible
X 7 Wuthering Heights—Emily Bronte
X 8 Nineteen Eighty Four—George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials—Philip Pullman (I've never actually heard of this book . . .)
X 10 Great Expectations—Charles Dickens

X 11 Little Women—Louisa M Alcott (like 20 times!)
X 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles—Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22—Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (whoa. I've read over half of his plays, but I never enjoyed his poetry too much.)
15 Rebecca—Daphne Du Maurier
X 16 The Hobbit—JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong—Sebastian Faulks
X 18 Catcher in the Rye—JD Salinger
X 19 The Time Traveller’s Wife—Audrey Niffenegger
X 20 Middlemarch—George Eliot

X 21 Gone With The Wind—Margaret Mitchell
X 22 The Great Gatsby—F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House—Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace—Leo Tolstoy
X 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
30 The Wind in the Willows—Kenneth Graham

31 Anna Karenina—Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield—Charles Dickens
X 33 Chronicles of Narnia—CS Lewis
X 34 Emma—Jane Austen
X 35 Persuasion—Jane Austen
X 36 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe—CS Lewis (I have a feeling this list wasn't really written by the BBC) :)
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
X 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
X 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 Goldingx
50 Atonement—Ian McEwan

X 51 Life of Pi—Yann Martel
52 Dune—Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm—Stella Gibbons
X 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 Haddonx
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 Tart
64 The Lovely Bones—Alice Sebold
X 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
X 70 Moby Dick—Herman Melville

X 71 Oliver Twist—Charles Dickens
72 Dracula—Bram Stoker (Started it, but it didn't capture me)
73 The Secret Garden—Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island—Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses—James Joycex
X 76 The Bell Jar—Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons—Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal—Emile Zola
X 79 Vanity Fair—William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession—AS Byatt

X 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
X 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

X 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
X 97 The Three Musketeers—Alexandre Dumas
X 98 Hamlet—William Shakespeare
X 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—Roald Dahl
X 100 Les Miserables—Victor Hugo (Haha. I should have read the condensed version. I've been reading the original (but in English) for like a year now.)

I've read 38 from this list. How many have you read?

Are any of your favorites missing from the list?

I would add The Host, A Wrinkle in Time, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Hiding Place, The Giver, Number the Stars, and . . . Jeff is rushing me. I'll think of more later.

Feel free to comment with what you would add or how many you have read or to let me know you did it on your blog, so I can check it out. :)


  1. Some of the books on this list seem really out of place, like I don't understand why they belong. And some I am completely shocked that you haven't read... in fact, I'm convinced on some of them that you have read and just didn't recognize the title... That's a good list though, for the most part!

  2. I think you just provided me with a reading list. I think I have read over 6 but nowhere close to the 38 you have read.

  3. Hehe well having been an English major with reading as my homework definitely helped. ;)


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