Sep 16, 2008

The Big Read

(via belleofthebooks)

According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.
The instructions:
Look at the list and:
Bold those you have read.
Italicize those you intend to read (for me, in the next year or so).
(* any that I own)
Underline the books you LOVE.
Reprint this list in your own blog.

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*
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee*
6. The Bible*
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte*
8. 1984 - 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 - 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 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*
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 - 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. 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*
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 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’ 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 (wow, not since I was a child! I didn’t know it was a classic)
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

Seriously, shouldn't I get some sort of award for OWNING such a large percentage of these books and realizing their worth as literature? *sigh* Guess not, was worth a try.

7 comments:

  1. I've read 36 - and there are many more on my TBR stack. I will admit, though, that I tried to read Swallows and Amazons aloud to my kids, and we didn't like it. Some good books on that list, though, - makes me want to go back and re-read some.

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  2. This is going to be on my blog Friday!!!! I need to go count now. Awesome list girlie!

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  3. I've read 48. Gotta admit I thought it would be more

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  4. I played this game back when I first started blogging:

    http://novembrance.blogspot.com/2007/03/i-saw-julie-wrights-post-on-this-game.html

    Fun!

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  5. Do we get extra credit if we have read The Little Prince in French?

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  6. saintseester, OF COURSE! But then I definitely get some sort of extra credit for being an excellent book buyer! :P

    I am impressed with what you all have read. I guess I am behind!

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  7. I think I am going to work this into a post of my own sometime this weekend. Or Monday.

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