8.19.2008

the big read

The Big Read says that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.


1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you love.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or for whatever reason loathe.

*****I do not know how to underline or strike-out in blogger and I do not have the time or energy at this point to figure it out. So I starred the books I love. I can never say I would read a book but there are some I am not likely to read...I just basically ignored #4 instructions.

IF YOU KNOW PLEASE TELL ME!!

Here is my list which I read first on indulge*laugh*create. Read on. Play along.



  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen


  2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien


  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte


  4. The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling --started the series but never finished


  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee ***


  6. The Bible –have read most of and intent to read all ***


  7. Wuthering Heights


  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


  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 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 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


  29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll


  30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame


  31. Anna Karenina- I started but never finished…someday


  32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens- I own it!


  33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis-I want to finish the series


  34. Emma - Jane Austen


  35. Persuasion - Jane Austen


  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis


  37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini **** (i will not be seeing the movie)


  38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres


  39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur 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 ***are you kidding the best books ever***


  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


  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


  76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath


  77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome


  78. Germinal - Emile Zola


  79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray


  80. Possession - AS Byatt


  81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens


  82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell


  83. The Color 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 -partially read


  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 and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl


  100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo





34 of the 100 books that I've read from the list. Not bad but clearly I have some reading in my future.



How many of these books have you read? Come on, play along.

3 comments:

  1. Love the list. What is the link to it? I couldn't figure it out. btw - my count is 48. love to you all.

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  2. Well, my total is at 15. Not nearly as impressive as Sara's or yours. But I have to say that there are many other books which may not appear on the 100s list. Such as Bill Bryson's In a Sunburned County or any of Jane Green's, Lisa Jewell's or Emily Griffen's books.
    Anyway, on my list to read now is:
    - How to Pick a Peach, Russ Parsons
    - The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
    - The Beach House, Jane Green
    - Ansel Adam Autobiography
    - The Invisible Woman, Lucy Cavendish
    - Someone Not really Her Mother, Harriet Scott Chessman
    Currently in the middle of Spellbound (rereading) by Jane Green and just finished Girls in Trucks by katie Crouch.
    Lots of reading, not many on the list.

    Happy reading.

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  3. My count is 34 also, though many are different from your selections.

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