The following list has been circulating around Facebook and apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. There are some great books on this list! There are also some that I’m surprised they included and I’ve added an exclamation point to those (!). I would love to see your lists – so just cut and paste the following and change the little icons (explained below).
1) Look at the list and put an x after those you have read.
2) Add a + to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Here’s my little additions, put an (!) by those you think should NOT be on this list.
5) Tally your total at the bottom.
1 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen x+
2 The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien x
3 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte x
4 Harry Potter series JK Rowling x
5 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee x+
6 The Bible x +
7 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte x+
8 Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell x
9 His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations Charles Dickens x
11 Little Women Louisa M Alcott x+
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles x
13 Catch 22 Joseph Heller *
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (x+*, working on these, loved what I have read)
15 Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier x+
16 The Hobbit JRR Tolkien x
17 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger x
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger x!
20 Middlemarch George Eliot x
21 Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald x
23 Bleak House Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace Leo Tolstoy x
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy !
26 Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky x (in the process of reading this one)
28 Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck x
29 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame x
31 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis x+
34 Emma Jane Austen x+
35 Persuasion Jane Austen x+
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis x+
37 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini x+! (loved this book, but I’m surprised it’s already on a list of the top 100 books)
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden x!!!! (really, this one is on the list?)
40 Winnie the Pooh AA Milne x +
41 Animal Farm George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown x!!!!! (come on!?!)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving x+
45 The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery x
47 Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies William Golding x
50 Atonement Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi Yann Martel x+!
52 Dune Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen x+
55 A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon x!
57 A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens x
58 Brave New World Aldous Huley *
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Mark Haddon x +
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez x!
61 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck x+
62 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold x!
65 Count of Monte Cristo Aleandre Dumas*
66 On The Road Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding x+!!!!!
69 Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
72 Dracula Bram Stoker x
73 The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett x +
74 Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson x+
75 Ulysses James Joyce – tried so many times to read this, and I really like James Joyce, but this is just sooo long 🙂
76 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray x+
80 Possession AS Byatt x
81 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens x
82 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro *
85 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert x
86 A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web EB White x+
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Alborn !
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle x
90 The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad x
92 The Little Prince Antoine De SaintEupery x+
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 Aleandre Dumas
98 Hamlet William Shakespeare x
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables Victor Hugo *
Want to Read: 8
Surprised by: 10
So, what do you think of this list? Any books you think should be on there that aren’t? What are your favorites on the list? I think there are some excellent selections here and it’s good for me to have lists like this because I often forget titles that I’m wanting to read. One author I’ve really been enjoying lately is Graham Greene. He’s so quintessentially British and I find I can lose myself in his stories and their moral dilemmas. Anyone else a Greene fan?