I got this from Derek, and instead of doing it in Facebook notes, I’m doing it here–Mainly because I don’t use Facebook notes. Also, I added some commentary. Some of it is funny and some of it isn’t. Hopefully it shows up.
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.
Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt. Tag other book nerds.
1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen–This is one of my favorites from Brit lit class. It’s just so funny.
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien–What I’ve heard about lengthy descriptions put me off of this one. I did read The Hobbit when I was a kid though. My mom got my dad a pretty version and I snuck it off the shelf and read it.
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee–Doesn’t everybody? Isn’t it one of those 9th grade standards?
6 The Bible–I read this in high school. I don’t know why.
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte–Oh, sophomore English X, how I almost failed thee.
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell–Had to buy a new copy of this one. Lent it to a student who never brought it back.
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman–to be fair, I read the first and own the other two, I just haven’t gotten to them yet.
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens–More high school English
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy–You’ll never guess why I read this one? Oh wait? You did? English 10X. Mrs. McQuiston’s class.
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller–I owned this at one point. Not sure what happened to it. [2014 edit: I own it again. Haven’t read it yet, though]
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare–I’ve got one of these. Picked it up for $6.98 at Half-Price Books ages ago when I was in college. Probably for Shakespeare class. Yeah, I got a C in that one.
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien–See above note.
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger–I saw part of the movie for this one and, um, what?
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot–Um no. I taught a George Eliot novel during my student teaching and it was painful-probably because the action didn’t start until 2/3 of the way into the book.
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald–I’ve read this one at least 3 times and own at least 4 copies. How I ended up with 4, I don’t know. If anyone needs one, let me know and I’ll mail it to you.
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy–Long as hell.
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams–funny as hell.
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck–My mother bought a collection of Steinbeck when I was a kid. The covers were so unappealing. Maybe I should get over that.
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll—Ah, Johnny Depp, how you startle me. I remember, though, the Alice in Wonderland television show on the Disney channel from when I was a kid. It had something to do with a mirror. I also remember that my copy of this book was pink.
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis–My aunt gave me a copy of the series when I was a kid and knew nothing about allegory. I lost most of those. Now I’m an adult, I know about allegory, and I really want to read them again. (I picked up a collected version at Coas a few months ago).
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis–isn’t this one redundant? Chronicles of Narnia, like His Dark Materials, implies the entire series.
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini–add this to the list of books I own that I haven’t gotten around to reading
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden–Read this one during my student teaching. I believe that was the same semester that the movie came out.
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown–The book was much more complex than the movie. At one point I had two copies of this one. Not sure what happened to the second.
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–also read during my student teaching. There’s a poor quality 80s movie that retells this one too. Oh, yeah. And dystopian!!
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding–Derek, I can’t believe you haven’t read this one. Have I mentioned that I love dystopian fiction?
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan–say his hame five times fast
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel — Did this one in audio and it was hard to get through.
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– >More dystopia. Oh, I love dystopia.
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon–I’ve been told I need to read this one. Haven’t yet, though.
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov–One of my AP students was reading this during my student teaching and said it was wonderful. It’s on my mile-long to-read list.
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold–I own this one. Saw the movie. Was told that the ending of the novel left a little to be desired.
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—ugh. I will probably never finish this one.
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker–Hooray for vampires that no one calls vampires and gothic novels in the Victorian era
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–Read this one in ENGL 111. Really shouldn’t have.
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–Brit lit in college.
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker–Read this one earlier this year. Possibly this summer. Amazing. Hard, yes. But AMAZING.
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– I have Volume 1. It begins in a boring place and haven’t had the patience to come back to it.
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad–I can honestly say I’ve been trying to read this since I was 15.
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