100 Books

I posted this up on Facebook, but will repost it here. If there’s an amazing book here that I haven’t read, tell me, and I’ll make it one of my life’s goal to read it. Cristina told me that I MUST read the Little Prince. So that’s on my reading list.

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

The books I’ve read will be bolded.
 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
 2The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
 4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
(just the first four)
 5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
 6 The Bible
(sadly, not all of it yet)
 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
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
 15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
 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 (Read the sequel though…)
 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
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 Hossein
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 X
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
 51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm
 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 – 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’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 – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
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

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    • Hmm, 37, lets see…ah, the Kite Runner. I know, I should read this, all my friends raved about this book being so great. But instead, I watched the movie, and so….well, it’s no fun reading a book when you know all its twists and turns. I hear, though, that the book was wayyy better.

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  1. Let’s see June…”Brave new world” is one of the few science fiction novels I find exceptionally good, disquieting but very good – maybe because there are some pages about the power of literature that I found unforgettable (chapter 13). Then I love “Heart of Darkness” and “The Grapes of Wrath”, I agree with Cristina that says “The Little Prince” is unmissable (it’s in one of my first posts on FLY HIGH!).

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    • Brave new world, is a book I’ll definatly read. It has a fascinating premise. My cousin has this book so maybe I’ll borrow it from her.

      Grapes of wrath…I’m still struggling with this book. Can’t seem to get past the first few chapters.

      And as for Heart of Darkness, I’ll add this onto my reading list.

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  2. If you haven’t read the lovely bones, give it a try. It is by far one of the best books I’ve ever read.

    1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    2.The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
    3. The Bible (sadly, not all of it yet)
    4. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    5. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    6. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
    7. Complete Works of Shakespeare
    8. Gone With The Wind
    9. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
    10. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
    11. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
    12. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
    13. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
    14. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
    15. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hossein
    16. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
    17. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
    18. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
    19. Dune – Frank Herbert
    20. Cold Comfort Farm
    21. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
    22. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
    23. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
    24. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
    25. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
    26. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
    27. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
    28. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
    29. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    30. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    31. Watership Down – Richard Adams
    32. Hamlet – William Shakespeare

    I’m not counting ones I started, got bored of, and abandoned. I figure this balances the fact that my sneaky mother got me to read most of these by getting me comic books of Shakespeare since I hated him so much >_>

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    • LOL I also read he complete work of Shakespeare by comic book. I don’t like him either. I only like his “Twelfth Night” piece. The other ones….*snooze* It’s hard to understand his writing. It’s too old for me

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  3. Kim

    Gosh June, you’ve read a lot! I’m particularly impressed that you’ve read the Lord of the Rings – I’ve heard it takes a while to get through! If I were to suggest something, it would be His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. They are, after all, my favourite books.

    If you haven’t seen it already, I’ve linked The Lovely Bones trailer (personally, I haven’t read it but it seems everyone’s a fan):

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    • Lord of the Rings–it was actually pretty difficult to get through all four. I found the last two books a bit….tedious. But that’s just me.

      I’ve always wanted to read something by Phillip Pullman ever since I saw his name mentioned on your FP account. I’ll have to check his work out one of these days

      Oh! Lovely Bones. I’ve read…just a bit of that book. Can’t wait to watch the movie. It looks…compelling

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  4. 🙂 You already read mine on FB, but I got 40. And then I had lik 10 I started and couldn’t finsh…Lovely Bones was one of them. My friends and I started a little book club, to stay in touch after we graduated HS and LB was one of the Books of the Month…it depressed me too much. Couldn’t finish it.

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  5. oh June. you have to get over the stories of Shakespeare and see the way he writes. his usage of words and imagery. BEAUTIFUL. INGENIOUS. absolutely amazing… I hated his stories, but the way he would write just mesmerized my soul. i’m not exaggerating. hehe.

    i miss you.

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    • Highschool ruined Shakespeare for me. But. I’ll give him another try. It’s so hard, though, to understand what he’s writing about that it becomes difficult to appreciate the way he writes.

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  6. Wow, you’ve read so many of them! I was mentally checking the ones that I’d read and its not too bad :). However, I’ve read lots of other books also considered classics that are not on this list. I wonder how they chose these? That would be interesting to find out. Anyhow…Congratulations! And thanks, these are definitely some good suggested reads 😀

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  7. changered

    I haven’t read half of them. Wow. I feel like shit (:
    But go you!

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