Friday, July 4, 2008


Shannon posted this list and I thought it would be fun to do to.
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.Look at the list and bold those you have read.
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austin- listened to on audiotape at the PO, and have seen the play, many times
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein- at least the first one- I was under 10
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte- listened to on audiotape at the PO
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling- um no. not ever
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible - New Testament - most of it
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell loved it
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott- I cry every time
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare all the major plays and some of the sonnets
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier- I picked this up when I was young (for obvious reasons) but really liked it.
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien- when I was young
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger- hated it!
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- wanted to, but it wasn't available on audiotape
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams- LOVE THEM!
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 read and audiotaped
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen- audiobook (aren't they wonderful?)
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen- I don't remember. I did go through a jane austen kick
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- I looked through it at my mom's house and decided it wasnt for me
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 3 or 4 times
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 only because I had to
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 audio book
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens- read and audiobook
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- I never had to read this. It was the "general" english class book, not the honors that I was in
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' Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville- another one I wanted to "read" but wasnt available on audiobook
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens- audio book
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker I went through a dracula/ vampire stage
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce- after A portrait of the artist as a young man, there was no WAY I was going to read any more joyce!
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath- I hated this. probably because I had one friend who really was depressed and suicidal and another who pretended to be while I was reading this.
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- awful awful book!
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert- so sad
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 -audiobook
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad- we had to read not one but two conrad pieces! UGH!
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery- in english and french and I've seen the play.
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

31 out of 100. Not too bad. Of course, even if I started on this list, the list would change before I finished. Oh well. I was a TA in high school for my english teacher, and I worked in the book storage area. So I read a lot of books that I wouldn't have otherwise read. She would loan them to me over the weekend. Also, I only used free audiobooks (that I downloaded while at work) while I worked at the post office, so they were in the public domain and more of the "classics".


MomKAS said...

Some of these books (like Winnie the Pooh) were read to you when you were very very young; some you saw as TV shows (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe); others are here if you ever want to borrow them. Sorry, I only have paper copies - not audio versions!

Shannon said...

That's awesome that you got to "read"/listen to so many books at the post office.

Ginny said...

I can do a little better than six, but it looks like I need to brush up on my classics. I try to alternate between my guilty pleasure (science fiction/fantasy) and classic literature.