Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Top 100 list of books from The Big Read

I stole this meme from my sister Amy, who got it from her friend Molly. They say that the average person has only read six. I was excited when I read it on Amy's blog to see that I had read more than six. Here are the rules:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read

3) Underline the books you LOVE.

Ready? OK!

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen. Love it! I waited til I was 30 to read this, and that was a mistake. I love the movie, and recently the music from the movie.
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien. I've read them and listened to them. I have a hard time with the first book, but love the second & third.
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling. I've read them all, but I've listened to them more. I spent 2 or 3 YEARS at work listening to them over & over.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee. I never wanted to read this when I was growing up. I loved it once I read it..
6. The Bible. I've read parts, so I'm bolding part (I always was a copycat, Amy!).
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. I always cry when I read this. Or watch the movie. If I ever had a girl, I'd name her Megan, so I could call her Meg, from this book. I'm a geek.
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy. Does it count if I WANT to read it?
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller.
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare.
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier. I sort of skimmed...
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien.
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks.
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger.
19. The Time Traveler’s's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger. I read this every year. Although this year, I didn't finish it. I cry & cry when I read it and I just couldn't take it this time round. Can't wait for the movie!!
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot.
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell. I've read this so many times I can't count. Hey, Amy, remember "Gone with the wind like Scarlett O' Well?? ;)
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald. Reread it last year after reading the Christ Bojalian book (can't remember title). Wasn't impressed with GG.
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. Parts of it. Liked East of Eden better.
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll.
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy. This book is my personal nemesis. I can't finish it. I hate it!
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis.
34. Emma - Jane Austen. Again, partway.
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini. I loved his second novel, though.
37. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne.
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown.
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving.
44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery.
46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
47. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood.
48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
49. Atonement - Ian McEwan
50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
51. Dune - Frank Herbert
52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley.
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck.
61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold.
64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas. Shane & I both read this book.
65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac.
66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy.
67. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding.
68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie.
69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville.
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker
72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett.
73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74. Ulysses - James Joyce.
75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath. I read this because I knew Amy loved SP. It was okay.
76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
77. Germinal - Emile Zola
78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
79. Possession - AS Byatt. Love it, love it!
80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens.
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker. I took an Alice Walker class in college. Loved it! I still remember my best paper that I wrote was from on of her books that includes the kids from The Color Purple.
83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86. Charlotte's Web - EB White. I read it with Thomas. We both cried when Charlotte died.
87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad.
91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery. In FRENCH and english.
92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93. Watership Down - Richard Adams.
94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo.


I don't know where 99 & 100 are. Let me know if you play along!

1 comments:

Lucy said...

Doesn't it sort of stink to have all of those classics staring at you unbolded an without an underline? I can't do it! I can't stand the guilt. You're brave.