BOOKS, BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS! How many have you read?

The Big Read – top 100 books

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. Well let’s see.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read. I clock myself at 55 cause I’m totally counting Dracula and I’ve got the nightmares to prove it!
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own Blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them 😉

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen although I may cave & read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
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 – 5 years of Catholic School – what can I say.
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – actually disappointed in this – much preferred Bleak House
11
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14
Complete Works of Shakespeare – English Lit Major!
15
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – still get nightmares about Mrs. deWinter!
16
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – disliked this book intensely
19
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – really looking forward to the movie – so hope they don’t ruin it!
20
Middlemarch – George Eliot
21
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald – hated it!
23
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24
War and Peace – Leo TolstoyI started reading this 3 or 4 times – never made it past chapter 1.
25
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – seriously one of the most hysterical books in the universe!
26
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh – made better by thoughts of Anthony Andrews & Jeremy Irons
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck – here’s a question – why does it take pages, PAGES, to get a turtle across the road?
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 – can I underline this one more than once?
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis – Love this although it shouldn’t count since it’s part of the Chronicles.
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 – there are no words to describe my love for all things Pooh!
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 – again, no words
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 – I think HS English teachers should have their heads examined making kids read 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 – I tried but the nightmares got to me! Does the graphic novel count? Cause if so, then yes, I’ve read this.
73
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnet
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 – what is this doing at #87? Should be much higher!
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 – no but I have read several other of her collections.
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery – in French, no less – which, not surprisingly, does not make it any better!
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 – shouldn’t this be part of the complete works, unless complete doesn’t mean what I think it means.
99
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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