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July 9, 2008

The Big Read 100, stolen from Gretchen, because I like books and I’m OCD about lists.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – Ms. Hendry made us read it over Christmas break and I hated it. The Keira Knightley movie didn’t help. But it’s maybe growing on me.
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – Sitting on my bookshelf, unread. I’ll get to it someday.
4. The Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell – Dislike it greatly.
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – Gets my vote for first book to go at a book burning.
11. Little Women – Louisa M 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 – I don’t get the appeal, really.
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveler’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 – But I would rather just watch the movie then read anymore Dickens.
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy – I’d like to read it just to say I have…the other Tolstoy I read made me want to cry.
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 – My favorite book written while on LSD.
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 – They do know this is part of the Chronicles of Narnia, right?
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
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 –Like most things Orwell did, this made me uncomfortable and angry.
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 – I’ve got to start rereading all my young adult books. I loved Anne of Green Gables.
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding –Best Simpsons episode ever.
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 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’ 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
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

Read: 40. To-read: 25

Well I guess that was entertaining. I’m not sure who came up with this list, and decided to put The Da Vinci Code and Bridget Jones’ Diary up there with the likes of Austen and Shakespeare. I haven’t even heard of a bunch of these.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2008 7:19 pm

    Everyone keeps linking to this list (, but it’s decidedly NOT the same list of books. I was a bit confused, too.

  2. July 11, 2008 6:15 am

    hey, has anyone been on ??? you enter your top 5 books and compare them with others’, compiling a definitive global list of top books.
    amongst a very eclectic list of the top books of all time, Audrey niffenegger ranks highly – good to see something other than Harry Potter!
    i’m working for the site this summer and i just got niffenegger’s top five books which will be on the site soon so check up in a day or two!

  3. Travis permalink
    July 13, 2008 7:17 am

    They’re making a movie of that book Time Travelers Wife and they filmed most of it in the physics library in Toronto. It was “a closed set”, but since I had to go to my office they had to let me in. I rode up the elevator with Rachel McAdams. We’re basically dating now.

  4. meg2885 permalink*
    July 13, 2008 10:14 am

    Really? I’m super psyched to see that movie. Rachel McAdams is probably my biggest girl crush. You didn’t happen to see Eric Bana anywhere did you?

  5. Travis permalink
    July 15, 2008 2:34 am

    No Eric Bana. And even if I had seen him I probably would’ve just told him how terrible he was in The Hulk.

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