Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Reading List

OK -- this comes to this blog by way of The Owl's Song--thanks, Owl! And I've seen it on a number of other blogs already this morning.

The instructions are to cut and paste it into your blog, and "embolden" the titles you've far!

Comments welcome! (Comments irresistible, I suspect). Enjoy!

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 Traveler’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
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 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

Hmmm, for a total of 62 out of 100. (I have NO life...) Some I'd have left off this list also; and where's the Willa Cather? and why isn't there more of George Eliot? And where is Mauriac? and Bernanos? and Goethe for crying out loud? and Dante? and Defoe? and Walter flippin' Scott? and Margaret Laurence? and...
OK, time for lunch and a cooling-off period!!!


Stealthy Dachshund said...

You must have read Lord of the Flies, surely? And we had 8 copies of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory around... even one with chocolate on it, i think

Patrick C said...

Sigh. No Homer...

spookyrach said...

This list made me laugh. I've read fewer of them than I'd like to admit, but my parents read tons of them and discussed them ad nauseam at the dinner table. Between that and the Classics Comic Book collection, I'm the least well read person to ever graduate from college at the top of their class. hee hee hee!

Crimson Rambler said...

No I avoided Lord of the Flies -- and, low be it spoken, I DETEST ROALD DAHL...

ccw said...

You have the most highlighted list I have seen; I'm really impressed. I am an avid reader but it seems I am reading the "wrong" books. :)

Jim said...

I've read about 22 of them. Confirming my fear that I really am badly educated.

Crimson Rambler said...

Well I should 'fess up that I read a fair number of them "under duress"...

Dorcas (aka SingingOwl) said...

Wow! You read more than I do! :-D

Willa Cather--oh yeah. And I said Mark Twain, one of my favorites, and Scott and soooo many others. Not my list at all, if I had made one.

Evelyn said...

I copied this list onto my blog, and was only able to embolden 31! I, too, seem to have missed some great books!
I read Lord of the Flies, and I almost listed it on my blog as the book that makes me CRINGE just seeing the title!
I'd love to read your suggestion, dear Rambler, of a favorite book or two that I've missed.
I'm now, at your recommendation, reading "A Celibate Season" by Carol Shields and Blanche Howard. Alas, my housework is suffering, as I am NOT on vacation! It is wonderful reading, and the first I've read by Carol Shields. I'll surely look for more.

Iris said...

Yes, lots of ommissions and a few "what the heck?" books on the list, such as Da Vinci Code and the Mitch Albom book.

I'm sorry you hate Dahl. My son and I are reading The BFG right now together and are having a marvelous time!