4.29.2009

Books

I saw this list on Facebook a while back, and I was curious to see how I measured up.

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. I've put an "x" after the ones I've read, a "p" for books I've read parts of or started, and a "w" after the ones I've thought about reading before seeing this list.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (x)
2. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien ( )
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (x)
4. Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling (x)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (x)
6. The Bible - (x)
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (x)
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell (w)
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman ( )
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (w)
11. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (x)
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (x)
13. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller (w)
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (p)
15. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier ( )
16. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (x)
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk ( )
18. Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger (w)
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger ( )
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot (w)
21. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (w)
22. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (x)
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens ( )
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (w)
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (w)
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh ( )
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (x)
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (x)
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (x)
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (w)
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (x)
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (w)
33. Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis (p):
34. Emma - Jane Austen (x)
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen (x): This is actually my favorite of Austen's novels.
36. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis (x)
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (w)
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin- Louis de Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (w)
40. Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne (w)
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell (x)
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (x)
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ( )
44. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving ( )
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins ( )
46. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery (w)
47. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy ( )
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood ( )
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding (x)
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan (w)
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel ( )
52. Dune - Frank Herbert ( )
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons (w): I didn't even know this was a book! I've seen the movie, and I love it, though.
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (x)

55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth ( )
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon ( )
57. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (w)
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (w)
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark Haddon ( )
60. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (w): I've always wanted to read this, because it's the book Kate Beckinsale writes her phone number inside in the movie Serendipity.
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (w): We were supposed to read it in 11th grade English, but my class moved at a snail's pace and we never had time for it.

62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov ( )
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt ( )
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (x)
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (w)
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac (w)
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy (w): I bought this book at BYU at a bookstore sale, but I've never gotten around to opening it.
68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding (w)

69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie ( )
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville (w)
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (w)
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker (w)
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (x)
74. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson ( )
75. Ulysses - James Joyce ( )
76. The Inferno - Dante (w)
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome ( )
78. Germinal - Emile Zola ( )
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray (w)
80. Possession - A.S. Byatt ( )
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (x)
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell ( )
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker (w)
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro ( )
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (w)
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry ( )
87. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White (x)
88. The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom ( )
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle (w)
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton ( )
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (w)
92. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (w)
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks ( )
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams (w)
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole ( )
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute ( )
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (w)
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare (x)
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (x)
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (p): I started it once, but it's a SLOW starter!

So, I've read 27, started/read part of 3, and wanted to read 36. Not too shabby. It sounds like I need to go to the library, though.

2 comments:

Carolyn said...

I've read 34! Um ... ok, not bragging. I probably shouldn't post this prideful comment on your blog but ... I think I will anyway.

Cole, Jessica, and Kyle said...

34 is amazing! It's my goal to read as many of these as possible now...

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