Big Books List

I have stolen this list from another blog, The Crazy Ranter. Anyhow, The Big Read thinks that the average adult has only read 6 of the books on this 100 list.1) Look at the list and
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strikethrough the ones you hate.

  1. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)- love love love love love. I have at least three copies of this book in my house. . .and the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version is the classic movie version!
  2. The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) – Well, I made it through The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. I made it partially through The Two Towers, but I haven’t gotten anywhere near The Return of the King.
  3. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  4. Harry Potter series (JK Rowling) – I have the paperbacks, the hardbacks, and I’m trying to get the British versions. Does that explain???
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) – I have a copy of this somewhere also.
  6. The Bible – I grew up Pentecostal. I think it’s mandatory.
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – 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 (Partially read)
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare – Jeez, that will take forever! Do you have any idea how many poems he wrote?
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – I’ve seen the movie…does that count?
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien – So, I guess this didn’t count for the earlier Lord of the Rings listing, huh…?
  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–I’m southern. I think this book is mandatory.
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy – Someday…
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh – This is pathetic. I received a free copy via LibraryThing and I still haven’t read it. It keeps putting me to sleep.
  27. Crime and Punishment– Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Thus began my love affair with Russian authors.
  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–YES!!!
  34. Emma – Jane Austen – Not as good as Pride and Prejudice, but it will do in a pinch.
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis – HEY, why is the first book broken out from the rest of the series….???
  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- Yeah, but I like Curious George more.
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell – Loved it.
  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 – I own it, I just haven’t read it yet.
  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 – My copy is somewhere in the house.
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – I Tried
  61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck – I think I’ve read this…
  62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas – Revenge really is a dish best served cold.
  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 – Who hasn’t read this?
  82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker – I watched the movie numerous times as a child, but I didn’t read it until my teens and didn’t pick up on the lesbian bits until college….man, I was sheltered. I went to an HBCU; being able to quote this movie was mandatory!
  84. The Remains of the Day– Kazuo Ishiguro – Easily ranks as the most boring book I EVER read. I still don’t get it (and I’m no literary slouch)
  85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White – I cry every time.
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom – I read this entire book in 30 minutes in Target….
  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 – I’m pretty sure I read this.
  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 – By the end, I was ready for him to die.
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo – Does Rent Count?

Total Count:
Read: 38
Intend to Read: 38
Loved: 12
Hated: 1

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