Monday, July 28, 2008

Another book meme

Tagged by Mad Hatter!

I'll steal her colour scheme too: Books I've read are in bold, books I started but never quite finished are in blue, and books I have read multiple times are in red. I'll also steal EcoGeoFemme's trick of adding an asterisk if I've seen the movie or TV adaptation (including cartoons).

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 and I HATED it.
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare I wonder how many people in the world have really read the whole thing?! I have read a few complete plays though.
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 - Douglas Adams* Hmm, anyone surprised by this one?!
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 Meany - John Irving Love it!
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* If you haven't seen the movie version with Gary Sinise and John Malkovich, rent it NOW! Sinise directed too. This movie started my love affair with Steinbeck. I've since read everything he ever wrote, including a collection of letters etc.
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* OMG I LOLed! Literally! On a train! The second book is even better.
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 Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection
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*

What this list says about me
  1. I read a lot.
  2. If I really like something, I'll read it over and over again. Same with movies.
  3. I usually finish everything I read.
  4. The only thing more boring than On The Road is the Bible.

I tag... anyone who reads books and blogs who hasn't already done a book meme this year. On a purely voluntary basis of course.


  1. My, you are well read.

    You're clearly a fan of fantasy novels! Can I make a suggestion? You MUST read Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy when you have the time. I rank it right up there with Narnia and Middle-earth.

  2. More than some, less than others!

    At my UK wedding reception last year, a few of us were smiling at a couple of kids (my cousin's daughter, aged 9, and my parents' friends' daughter, aged 8) who'd both brought books and were tucked away on window sills, reading quietly while the adults made merry. My sister and I had to confess that we would have done the exact same thing at that age! Hence all the kids' books on my list!

    I bought my sister the Dark Materials Trilogy for Christmas last year, and this Christmas I'm going to pick them up from her in exchange for the books she bought for me last year! We always collude on these things and then buy each other a surprise present too.

  3. You know, I've noticed that everyone who's done this meme seems to have read more of the books in the top half of the list than in the bottom half. Are there more books in the top half that are typically required reading in schools? It's a bit surprising since I know we're all from different places.... Thanks for playing!

  4. I don't know, but I noticed that too! As I started to go through through the list I thought I was doing great... until I got to the second half.

    I didn't read many of the books in this list for school. And both halves of the list have a decent mix of classics and newer books. What I suspect is simply that the person who compiled the list started with the obvious ones and was maybe reaching a bit more towards the end, adding slightly more obscure books to make up the 100...


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