Tuesday, November 30, 2010

reading 101

I found this on Facebook and thought it was kind of fun. Here's the thing: I never used to read, especially in school. In fact, I did everything I could to avoid reading. Ironically I was always in Honors English. Apparently I'm really good at writing essays based on cliff notes?

So here's the deal: [Apparently] the BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Honestly I think there are several books missing from this list that should be included. I'll add those at the end.

Plundered from book sutlers in various ports!

I've bolded the books I've read in their entirety, italicized the ones I started but didn't finish and colored in purple the ones that are on my list to read. Here it goes..

(Oh and don't judge me for not having read most of the classics. Fiction bores me to no end, especially the kind with a classic beginning, middle and end. I especially am not a fan of happy endings; they just aren't that realistic to me. [wow that sounded a little pessimistic, didn't it?]): 

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (all)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Travellers 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 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (gag me, I didn't finish this one because it was soooo boring)
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. Kite Runner - Khalid Housseni
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Willaim Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA 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 – LM Montgomery
47. Far from the Madding Crowd -- Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martell
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
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
74. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
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 - Charles Mitchell
83. The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
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
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
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I'm wondering where The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin is? I loved that book! And what about Homer's Illiad and Odyssey (I've actually read both of those). Or Fahrenheit 451?

And for the record, why is Hamlet separate from The Complete Works of Shakespeare? And who has actually read the complete works of Shakespeare? I've read a lot of his work, but certainly not all of it!

So I guess I'm pretty much a slacker because I've only read 11 of the 100, and the truth is I don't want to read many more than those 11. In fact, I haven't even heard of most of these! In most cases I'll just settle for the movie.

What about you? How many of these have you read??


  1. I'm with you; there are a lot of these that I have never heard of either. With that, I have completely read 41 books on the list and have partially read 6.

    In going through the list, there are quite a few that I would love to read again. I think I would appreciate them far more as an adult than I did in high school.

  2. I'm pretty sure that there a couple different lists on FB... Because everytime I see this I come up with a different number.

    My number is nowhere NEAR as high as Jennifer though. I'm in the 20s (depending on the list) but trying really hard to bring it up.


  3. Yes, I'm commenting a second time... me=dork

    I've never seen that Good Reads site before! How cool is that? Thanks for pointing it out!!

  4. I've read 38 completely, and 4 partially. Is it okay to say I'm more than a little proud of myself? :D

    I noticed Hamlet was separate from the other Shakespeare works; so was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe from the Chronicles of Narnia.

  5. I saw this on FB...I've read most of the non-fiction ones, too.
    Kristina J.