Wednesday, August 20, 2008

100 (to rival Sarah's list)

Copied from Semicolon. Let me know if you play. =)

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you love.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own blog.

***Since blogger doesn't give the option of striking out (at least I don't think so), I'll put astericks next to the ones I don't intend to read.***

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
***4. The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling***(I did read the first one. I won't read the rest.)
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*** (Not the COMPLETE works anyway!)
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks - ? I don't know what this is?
***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(For Mirlandra and because of Bonnie.)
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***(Started it and refused to finish it.)
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
***32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens*** (I'm not a Dickens fan as a general rule.)
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 -? I don't know what this is?
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 - ?I don't know what this is?
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving - ? I don't know what this is?
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy -? I don't know what this is?
48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood - ?I don't know what this is?
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel

52. Dune - Frank Herbert - ? I don't know what this is?
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons - ?I don't know what this is?
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth - ?I don't know what this is?
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon - ?I don't know what this is?
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens I started it and couldn't get into it the first time.
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 - ? I don't know what this is?
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - ?I don't know what this is?
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac - ?I don't know what this is?
67 .Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy - ? I don't know what this is?
***68. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding ***
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie - ? I don't know what this is?
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72. Dracula - Bram Stoker (Undecided.)
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson - I don't know what this is?
***75. Ulysses - James Joyce***
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - ?I don't know what this is?
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome - ?I don't know what this is?
78. Germinal - Emile Zola - ? I don't know what this is?
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 - ? I don't know what this is?
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 - I don't know what this is?
***91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad***
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks - ? I don't know what this is?
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams - ?I don't know what this is?
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole - ?I don't know what this is?
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

I feel extremely poorly read and very ignorant. Feel absolutely free to enlighten me as to the books that I was unfamiliar with. In fact, I encourage you to do so.

I've a loooong way to go!


Anonymous said...

Hey Carrie-
I just discovered 5 Minutes for Books the other day, and I thought I'd visit all of the contributor's sites. (I already like yours. :) )

About Dracula: READ IT. It's obvious you liked Tolkien and Lewis, the classics on the good vs. evil battle. Dracula's the same way, in my opinion. It was awesome.

(Oh, and Blogger does allow strikethroughs. Go the HTML area in your post, and use an "s" between the brackets. Just so ya know. :) )

Looking forward to coming back often!

Anonymous said...

(left on my site)

WOW! Thanks, Carrie! :D You've made my day! Glad my site's so "loveable". :D I certainly hope we can get to know each other better. :)

Hopefully some of my upcoming book reviews and writing rants will keep you intrigued. :)


Sarah M. said...

I've read 27 of those books... a little shy of your 34. :) I posted my version of this over on my blog if you're curious.

Sarah M. said...

Sure, sounds good to me. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the recent Masterpiece adaptation of the book and knew after watching it that I HAD to read the book. I used to dislike Dickens, but he's growing on me and this is certainly a book I'm willing to give the time. Want to shoot for October? I've been waiting for the mood to strike to read this, like I did with W&D. It'd be fun to read alongside someone.

Alyce said...

What a fun idea! I posted my list at

Alyce said...

Lord of the Rings was just too boring to be honest (and I know many will disagree with me). I don't really even like the movies and I normally like sci-fi/fantasy. I watched "The Hobbit" cartoon movie as a kid and it scared me to death, so that may have something to do with it.

I read about halfway through "100 Years of Solitude" and I still don't know what it was about. I guess I need the Cliff notes or something. :)

B said...

Well, I've only read 46 of them, but the list seems a bit arbitrary to me. By the way, check out Salman Rushdie -- quite controversial in his writings about Muslims, but also quite interesting. (

As for Cold Comfort Farm, I've seen the movie with Kate Beckinsale, and frankly I don't know that I'd bother with the book. Weird. Also, I'd pass on A Confederacy of Dunces. A classic it ain't.

B said...

Forgot to add -- Germinal is painful but brilliant. Definitely one to put on the list.

Sherry said...

Dune is sci/fi fantasy, a cult classic in the sixties or seventies. They made a very forgettable movie out of the book starring Sting. There's a series of books, and the first one is fun. The rest are not so great.

Watership Down is from the same era, about a warren of rabbits who go on journeys, fight other rabbits, etc. Fantasy again. It sounds kind of silly, but it's not if you're willing to go with it.

If you've never tried Thomas Hardy, I would highly recommend either of the books on the list. But then again, I like Dickens. Hardy has the advantage of not being as long as a Dickens novel.

Queen of Carrots said...

Now, I loved *Cold Comfort Farm*, but I haven't seen the movie. The book is, I think, a spoof on dark, brooding novelists that read too much sex into everything. Yeah, it sounds weird. But it was really funny. It's in the "just stop it" school of psychology.

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