Sunday, August 17, 2008

So Many Books, So Little Time

"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/colourize those you have read.

2. Post the list on your site.(This can also remind you of some great books to read.)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkienn

3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6. The Bible - not all of it.

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

12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare - Not all of them, but more than I wanted to read

15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

18. Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

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

25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh - I'm going to rent the remake by Emme Thompson

27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis

30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

34. Emma - Jane Austen

35. Persuasion - Jane Austen

36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. 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 - A.A. 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 - L.M. 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

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 - Saw the movie

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 - I tried, really I did, but just couldn't get into it.

76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78. Germinal - Emile Zola

79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80. Possession - A.S. Byatt

81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker - saw it on tv.

84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro - Loved the movie

85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87. Charlotte's Web - E.B. 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 Toole9

6. 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

How many of these have you read? Some of them, I saw as movies in a theater or made for TV movies. I commented on them in blue.

This isn't a meme, so I'm not tagging anyone, but if you do a post on it, I'd like to read it. It's always interesting to me to see what people have read or are currently reading.


patsy said...

you should read "anne of green gables" and "cold comfort farm". I refuse to read shakespeare.did you know that Harper Lee of "to kill a mocking bird "grew up with truman cakopte and he stole her hand written copy of to kill a mocking bird and spread the lie that he was the author? Many people believed the story and she was able to stop the lie only at his death when he returned her manscript in his will.
I also have refused to read the Harry Potter books.

Craze said...

I haven't read many of those, I'm adding them to book list!

Dianne said...

I saw this a while ago and I think I had read about 40 something - of course I forgot to save the file or the count.

Great list and you've read a lot.

Peggy said...

I have managed 53 of them!

Anonymous said...

88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom


Anonymous said...

oh my I am ashamed to say I have only read 6 from the list, but I have seen a lot of them on film or plays.

Bear Naked said...

I did my post of the Big Read at

I can recommend that you read
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Bear((( )))

Kay Dennison said...

I did it at my place after swiping it at Bear's and Tabor's. We've read a lot of the same stuff, Betty.