Literary Notes #2

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 *

Read: 52

Loved: 23

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?

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Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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One Response to Literary Notes #2

  1. Sol says:

    Hey Bec,

    This is a great list!! I have definitely read more than 6 of these, but I am excited to read the others now…can’t wait to see you and we will have to fill this out when I get there!

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