100 books

Stolen from Jo (who nicked it from someone else) is this 100 books list. I wrote something similar to this back-in-the-day about two years ago, and I still haven’t got round to reading ‘Gone With The Wind’ or ‘War and Peace’, although I did make a valiant attempt at the latter and got about a quarter way through – my goodness it was hard going! Anyway, in a similar manner to Jo, those I have read are in bold print, those I love are underlined and those I plan to read are in italics.

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 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 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
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’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 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
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn
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

So, I’ve read 48 and a quarter (you have to give me credit for getting that far through ‘War and Peace’), loved 15 and would like to read a further fourteen and three quarters. Interesting! Maybe I should set another target, to read those (nearly) fifteen books by the end of the year. What do you say, Jo, you interested in furthering your literary education and joining me?

By the way, given the amount of books my mother owns, I’d love her to do this exercise!


9 Responses

  1. Don’t bother with Les Mis, dull dull dull. But I do heartily recommend The Curious Incident…. I didn’t think I’d enjoy it but it was a really good read.

    As for your challenge, let’s do it! So long as it’s not the whole list. Please don’t make me read James Joyce. In theory, I did Ulysses in my second year at uni but I couldn’t bring myself go any further than the first couple of pages…

  2. OK then! What about a simple(ish) aim – ten books from the list by Christmas? That gives us nearly a month to read each one. And we could read the same books or different ones – what do you reckon?

  3. The list’s rubbish! For a start, it bundles together groups of books so there’s well over 100 on there. OK, I can just about get on board with that. but why does it list ‘the complete works of shakespeare’ and then ‘macbeth’? The same book is listed twice.

    and why list ‘The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy’, just the one book, and not the quintilogy (is that a word?)?

    Where did this list come from anyway?

  4. Ten books each or between us?

    DNT, stop moaning. Besides, it’s Hamlet not Macbeth.

  5. Ten each, of course, five would be no challenge at all, and I’m not carrying you in this challenge! And GG has a point. Even if he has a poor memory! The list does also cite ‘the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ separately to ‘the Chronicles of Narnia’. However, I’ll not complain because I’ve read all of them so it makes me look smarter! He’s only jealous because his total would be less than ours!

  6. I did notice both of those but chose to not ask!

    10 each it is. But I’m not reading James bloody Joyce!

  7. Just noticed you haven’t read Dracula, do you want to borrow it?

  8. @Jo, you’ve really got a thing about James Joyce, haven’t you?! I think I’m going to have to give it a go, just to be contrary! :-p

    @WPT, I think I have it, thank you, but if not I’ll let you know – I’d love to! 🙂

  9. Good luck!

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