Tuesday, July 29, 2008

When all else fails…

Steal an idea from someone else’s blog. I stole this from Kim, who stole it from Mary. Go on… be a thief too! It’s fun!

(Please keep in mind that I was an English major in college. I can assure you that if I hadn’t been, I wouldn’t have read half of these books that I did.)

The Big Read estimates that the average person has only read 6 of the 100 greatest books ever printed.

Copy and paste to your blog and play along! Bold books you've read, and italics books you love.

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 (Tried once. HATED it.)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible A lot of it. Does that count?
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Phillip 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 The Complete works of Shakespeare Most of ‘em.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (Again. I tried. Hated this too.)
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (Best book EVER written!!!!)
19 The Time Traveler's Wife
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 (Amazingly brilliant.)
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
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 (Again, amazing.)
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 
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons
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 didn't read it can't remove it
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine de St. 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 the abridged version


Mary said...

I love to see how different the books everyone has read are....

I just can't believe you haven't read 1984, being an english major and all...

September said...

Okay, I've read 53 of those (and I just have to comment on your not having read either Pursuesion or Gone with the Wind, two of my faves). I do have to disagree about the whole "top 100" thing, as I thought "Love in the time of Cholera" sucked ass.

How can Mitchner's "Hawaii" not be on this list...it's the best book ever.

Allison said...

Nope. 1984 was never a requirement (that I remember). And I've read a lot of "Gone with the Wind" but not the whole book. Persuasion? I don't know if I've ever even heard of it. LOL!

And I disagree with a lot of this list too, as I imagine most people do. I mean, I loved "Bridget Jones's Diary" but I'd hardly put it in the top 100 of all time, ya know?

Allison said...

Sorry. Just looked again to see who wrote Persuasion. (I was the WORST English major ever...) I MAY have read it, since I remember a whole class on Jane Austen. But I'd have to hear what it's about before I could confidently declare it as being read. LOL!

September said...

Also, you haven't read Posession by A.S. Byatt...wonderful book and it'll be on its way to you when I make my way to the post office.

Allison said...

Wait September! I DID read Possession! I just didn't remember until you mentioned it and I looked up what it was! LOVED that book! Absolutely loved it!

(See? I probably read about 50 more of these books and just don't remember. LOL!)

September said...

Yay...now I don't have to pretend that I'll be making it to the PO anytime soon.

Agent M said...

"The Bible A lot of it. Does that count?" I'm going to say, yes, that does count. At least, I hope it does! LOL