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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Top 100 Books - Updated


2013 - In yellow my plans to read
The BBC apparently believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. I was suitably impressed with how many I have ACTUALLY read (39). I have highlighted in RED the ones that I have read & also for fun have highlighted the ones that I know I will probably NEVER read in BLUE. I think a Challenge for next year will to read at least another 10 of them.  What about you guys?


Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Harry Potter series – JK Rowling


To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The King James Bible

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

(1984) – George Orwell

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Little Women – Louisa M Alcott


Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

Complete Works of Shakespeare

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien


Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger


The Time Traveller's Wife- Audrey Niffenegger

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald


War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

Emma -Jane Austen

Persuasion – Jane Austen

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

Animal Farm – George Orwell


The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Lord of the Flies – William Golding (and will NEVER read again)


Atonement – Ian McEwan

Life of Pi – Yann Martel


Dune – Frank Herbert

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (en francais)

On The Road – Jack Kerouac

Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding


Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

Moby Dick – Herman Melville


Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Dracula – Bram Stoker


The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett


Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

Ulysses – James Joyce

The Inferno – Dante


Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

Germinal – Emile Zola (en francais)

Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

Possession – AS Byatt

Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens


Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

The Color Purple – Alice Walker


The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (en francais)

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom


Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery 


The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

Watership Down – Richard Adams

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas (en francais)

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

11 comments:

  1. I've read 33 of them with the desire to read just a few more. Some of them I have no interest in whatsoever!

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  2. I've seen this list several times and final took the time to figure out how many I had read. Better than 6 thank goodness. I had read a total of 22 but if it had not been for my High School Honors class it would have been much closer to 6 I'm afraid. I did see an additional 5 or 6 that I plan to read at sometime but some of them I'd never heard of. As now I read strictly for my entertainment, I doubt my number will increase much.

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  3. So, I have asked my friends and family (most who know nothing about blogging so this is why I am posting here) to tell me how many books from the list that they have read and suggestions for what books to read for my challenge.

    The following are some of my buds and families responses:

    Angela: I've read 33 of them. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Remains of the Day, The Little Prince,The Bill Bryson and her favorite The Great Gatsby.

    My sister Tracy: Had read 26 from the list. Her suggestions are Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Catcher in the Rye, Chronicles of Narnia, Emma and Oliver Twist

    Natasha B: Had read 24 of them. She suggested Lord of the Rings, Wuthering Heights – The Davinci code, Oliver Twist…a classic, The adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Faraway Tree collection…read this as a child…(If you have a copy of it, or know where I can get one, let me know), Rebecca – saw the movie, read the book, The chronicles of Narnia, A tale of two cities,
    War and Peace (was told that was the book my mother was reading while she was pregnant with me and why I got my name)

    Auntie Holly: Has read 50!!! She suggested Moby Dick (it is good!) and... Jane Erye, Great Expectations, A Fine Balance, Crime and Punishment, Persuasion, Madame Bovery, Lolita, The Hobbit, A Tale of Two Cities, Vanity Fair

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  4. Well, I've only read 15 of them. And in all likelihood I doubt I will read the others....
    As for what you should read for your challenge?
    I can lend you The DaVinci Code and Lord of the Rings, so there is two.... Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Secret Garden, Life of Pi, Chronicles of Narnia, Great Gatsby, Catch 22, Wuthering Heights, and finally War and Peace.

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  5. I'm another 15-er, although I recognize many that I should have already read (shame on me).
    Vanity Fair is fantastic. Please, please read it. Pride and Prejudice is another recommendation, nay plea, as are the complete works of William Shakespeare.
    Tally ho!

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  6. ...et Le Petit Prince, madame. Tu dois lire ça - un court, chère histoire.

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  7. I have read 33 of the books on the list and I am quite shocked by some of the titles that made it to this list of "must-reads"... "A Town Like Alice"... really? Sure it's a good book, but I'd suggest that Neville Shute's "On the Beach" was far more impressive. I'd have put quite a bit more blue on my list than you have, dolly! Cheers all!

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  8. Geoffrey has read 39 of them Ms. Jen. He is an uber nerd face.

    Now for my list: (14 and 2 halves. lol)

    Loved It
    The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
    Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
    To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
    Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
    Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
    Hamlet – William Shakespeare

    Read It
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
    The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom (Well, half anyways.)
    Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
    Lord of the Flies – William Golding
    The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
    Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
    Animal Farm – George Orwell

    HATED IT!
    Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
    The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (I only read like 3 chapters but hated it bad.)

    I watched the movie so I can't force myself to sit through the book now.
    Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

    Want to read.
    His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
    Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
    Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
    Complete Works of Shakespeare
    War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
    Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (I think I read it in 3rd grade but can't recall it.)
    The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
    Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (I am upto I think the 4th book.)
    The Inferno – Dante
    Dracula – Bram Stoker
    Life of Pi – Yann Martel

    The rest, I have little to no interest in, have never heard of them or can't bring myself to read them.

    I think the Lovely Bones would traumatize me as much as it looks good.

    I would advise against any Margaret Atwood just because I have seen interviews with her and think she is a self absorbed douche. >.<

    I have a handful of these books too if you want to borrow them. I have Hitchhiker's Guide, Life of Pi, Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Lord of the Flies, Hamlet, Pride and Predjudice, Alice in Wonderland, Little Women and a couple of others.

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  9. Awesome Amanda thanks and wow for Geoff

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  10. I've read 64, though to be honest, probably at least 10 of those were for school. You will have *such* a treat in 2013, with some of those books still in white! Especially with Watership Down and Anna Karenina! :)

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