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Whenever I see a book list, I can't help but compare. This time I'll make it a blog post!

This list comes via Marina's post, How Do You Stack Up?, which came from the post, Have You Read These...?. Apparently the BBC believes most people have only read 6 of these 100 books. I've done better than that, and nearly as good a Marina. And if we're talking old, dusty books, why couldn't the Iliad be on there? I've read that Homer guy, unlike Thomas bloody Hardy.

Here's the list, feel free to play along, yourself!

  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien [X]
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë; Seen the movie
  4. The “Harry Potter” series - JK Rowling [X]
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  6. The Bible - Various [X]
  7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell [X]
  9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott [X]
  12. Tess of the d’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller [X]
  14. “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” - William Shakespeare (reportedly)
  15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien [X]; And had it read to me in grade 5
  17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
  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 Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams [X]; plus the radio play script, and watched the BBC mini-series and the movie
  26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh; watch the movie
  27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll [X]
  30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
  33. “The Chronicles of Narnia” - CS Lewis [X]
  34. Emma - Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis [X]; Why is this broken out from the set? This could have been the slot for the Iliad.
  37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres; Watched the movie on TV ... was really bored. Hopefully the book is better.
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne [X]; Well d'uh
  41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown; Have wanted to, but all my friends keep telling me not to bother
  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 - LM Montgomery [X]; And watched the CBC movie
  47. Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood [X]; The only Atwood I have read
  49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding [X]; In highschool English class
  50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
  51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel [X]
  52. Dune - Frank Herbert [X]
  53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons;
  54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen [1/2 X]; Started to read it and stalled. Might go back and try again. Seen the movie.
  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 [X]; Hope Ridley Scott doesn't f*ck up the movie
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon; …eh?
  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; But I want to! Loved The Three Musketeers.
  66. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding; Another "seen the movie"
  69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie; This is Rushdie's 20th year under the fatwa death sentence: The Crime of Blasphemy
  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 Inferno - Dante
  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 [X]; And of course have seen multiple movie versions. The Alistar Sim version is my favourite.
  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 [X]; Also read to me in school, can't recall what grade.
  88. The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
  89. The 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 [1/2 X]; I made it part way through and gave up. I should get a full X so my pain and suffering counts for something.
  96. A Town like Alice - Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas [X] My favourite homage version is The Pheonix Guards by Stephen Brust.
  98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare [X]; Required in grade 12. Had to memorize the soloquay for a test, I lost marks because of incorrect punctuation. I felt ripped off, damn it; the teacher didn't say we had to memorize that, too!
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl; Have seen both movie adaptations.
  100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo; Saw the musical in London, but fell asleep during part of it. I'll blame jet-lag.

My count is 23 if you include the two halfsies for valiant effort, 22 if you're a stickler.

How about you?


Marina wrote 12 years 34 weeks ago

I'm happy to see that I'm

I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one who couldn't make it through "A Confederacy of Dunces". I tried, I did but I didn't even get partway!

Laurie wrote 12 years 31 weeks ago

34! But I've reads lots of

34! But I've reads lots of other books that were better and not on this list ;)

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