Sunday, July 06, 2008

Top 100 Books of All Time

Noah, who writes at The Life of a SAHM, shared this list and her results recently and I thought it would be fun to do the same. Let's see how I stack up.

According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.

The instructions:
Look at the list and bold those you have read.
Italicize those you intend to read
Underline the books you LOVE

Reprint this list in your own Blog.
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. 1984 - 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 - 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 (isn't this part of #33?)
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' 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

24 out of 100 isn't bad! How would you do?


  1. I got 19 out of 100...doesn't sound too good. I did check off one that I only read part of :)...I wonder if it counts if you watched the movie but didn't read the book? If so, I could maybe add 5 more to my list...

  2. I have read:
    6. The Bible
    40. Winnie the Pooh
    41. Animal Farm

    Books I didn't quite "read":
    1. I saw "You've got Mail," which mentions "Pride and Prejudice.
    4. I saw part of a Harry Potter film this afternoon.
    5. I have not only seen the movie of To Kill a Mockingbird, but I also saw it as a play.
    11. I saw the movie of Little Women. My wife made me watch it and I didn't talk to her for a week afterward. She won't try that again.
    28. I saw Grapes of Wrath and kept thinking, "So, Joseph McCarthy was right?"
    29. I recently took Jennifer and Charlotte to see a play adaptation of Alice and Wonderland.
    31. I saw Anna Karenina play tennis at the 5th Grand Slam before she gave up tennis for her modeling career.
    32. I saw David Copperfield perform his magic live at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach back in the '80s.
    39. Actually, I guess Jennifer didn't learn with Little Women because she made me watch Memoirs of a Geisha.
    61. Of Mice and Men
    65. I saw the recent version of the Count of Monte Cristo
    68. OK, I'm starting to realize I make a lot of sacrifices for Jennifer. I saw Bridget Jones' Diary, and she won't even watch First Blood with me.
    81. A Christmas Carol
    87. Charlotte's Web - Saw the movie in elementary school

    72. While I haven't read Dracula, I have been to the actual castle in Transylvania.

    Books I can't believe are on the list:
    4. Harry Potter
    42. The Da Vinci Code
    88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven

  3. I didn't count movies... but could have made my number a little higher if I did.

    And Bruce, Memoirs of a Geisha was a great book and a great movie. I watched Faces of Death with you once... that should have been enough gore to satisfy your need to watch awful movies with me.

    And it's Anna Kournakova, not Karinina!

  4. Jennifer "watched Faces of Death" for her Death & Dying class in college. She had to watch a movie about death, and I suggested Faces of Death. Way to jump on that grenade for me, Jenn. I'll remember that next time you want to watch a chick flick. At least I've never seen a Barbara Streisand movie.

  5. I didn't say I watched it "for" you, just "with" you. I think that should by me decades of passing on the gory movies!


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