Friday, February 13, 2009

The Top 100 Books You Can't Live Without

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. ~ Note according to this source it's all a bunch of bologna.

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 at the bottom.

1 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen *
2 The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien X+
3 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte *
4 Harry Potter series JK Rowling X+
5 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee X
6 The Bible X

7 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
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 Thomas Hardy
13 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare William Shakespeare
15 Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit JRR Tolkien X+
17 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger X+
20 Middlemarch George Eliot
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
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 X+
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
35 Persuasion Jane Austen *
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis X+
37 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini *
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières
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 X+
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 X
50 Atonement Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi Yann Martel
52 Dune Frank Herbert X
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 X
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 X
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
71 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
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
79 Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens X+
82 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple Alice Walker X
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 X
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 X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
100 Les Misérables Victor Hugo

Now if we could just add in plays and movies LOL I'd have a much better score. I managed a 27 and sad to say some were for school otherwise I would never have picked them up. The list is a bit misleading because you've got some double dipping going on with Shakespeare and CS Lewis. Plus the fact that the Narnia and Harry Potter series are 7 books each and who knows how many plays Shakespeare wrote -- I sure don't off hand. And I'm shocked to realize I haven't read any Jane Austen! According to this source there is such a thing as World Book Day -- who knew LOL At any rate I'm noting March 5th on my calendar.

I guess I've got some reading to do. How about you?

1 comment:

Lily Locke said...

How riddiculous! I'm still in high school and I've managed fifteen - nearly all of which I've read in my spare time.

It's a lovely list, though. There were some books on here I wanted to read but I forgot the name of.

P.S. Read Atonement. It's sad, but it's so beautifully written that you can just focus on the prose.