Posts tagged books I’ve read

I know you’ve seen this on facebook.

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
Instructions:
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) Tally your total read at the bottom.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen X+
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien *
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontex X+
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling X+++ (what?)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee *
6 The Bible * (I haven’t read all the way through the Old Testament, so I really can’t count that, I guess)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
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 – Thomas Hardy X
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare * (oh yes I will.)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier * (if only to understand the Danver Clones in Thursday Next)
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien X+
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger * (EVERYONE says this is amazing).
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot X+ (I love the main character so much)
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell X+
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald X (ugh)
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 X+ (I heart Dostoevsky. I really do.)
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck X
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll X+
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame *
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy *
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens *
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis X+ (well, at least I really love the first few. It’s all about the Pevensies.)
34 Emma – Jane Austen X+
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen X+++
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X+ (this is double-counted, children.)
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 X+
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez * (maybe?)
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving * (maybe?)
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery X+
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy X+++
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood * (maybe?)
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding X
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan * (maybe?)
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel (I thought so, but everyone keeps saying it’s dull as death)
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
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens X+++ (“A life you love.” Gah.)
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley X
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 * (maybe?)
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’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville * (but really only in a vague ‘I want to read all the classics someday’ kind of way)
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens * (ditto)
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett X+
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 * (maybe?)
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray * (maybe?)
80 Possession – AS Byatt * (If it’s anything like the movie? Heck yes.)
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens X (at least I’m 99% sure we read the whole thing)
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 X
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 X (UGH.)
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery X (Also ugh)
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 X+
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl *
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo *

31!  Not bad.  Not mind-blowing, but definitely more than six.  Half of those I’ve read more than once, too. *cough*Harry Potter*cough*   I really would like to read all of Shakespeare someday.  And all of Hardy, Dostoevsky, Dickens… what can I say?  I don’t think I’ll ever be done reading.  My most impressive add ons that aren’t on here: Paradise Lost by John Milton and Troilus & Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer.  Looks like I still have a lot to add on to my list, though!

And I can’t end this post without giving a shout-out to my friend Isabelle Santiago, who besides having a fantastic new ebook called Surfacing out right now, also just welcomed her very first bundle of joy into the world on Thursday, a healthy little baby boy.  Congrats Isabelle!

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