The Big Read

Shamelessly stolen from a friend’s website, because I think reading books is important :)

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. Well let’s see.

1 ) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Asterisk the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve only read 6 and force books upon them ;)

I’ve read 58…

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
**2. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
**4. Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible – various
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. The Complete Works of Shakespeare

15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
**19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
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
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

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 – A.A. Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

**43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meany – 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

50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
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
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
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
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
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – A.S. Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

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 – E.B. White
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
**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

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6 thoughts on “The Big Read

  1. Daniel says:

    I said it on the other site and I’ll say it here. I like half that list and despise the other half. Not sure where that leaves me. http://www.bentpage.wordpress.com.

  2. Where it leaves you is at least KNOWING what you think of the books. There are several I will never read either. Being literate means you know enough to choose and have an opinion :)

  3. Kris says:

    Could you provide a link to the article and the list itself? I can’t find it anywhere and have doubts to the veracity.

  4. TarotByArwen says:

    I’ve read thirty three. I’ve tried to read Dostoyevsky…honest I have. LOL

  5. judithornot says:

    Oooo, a reading challenge! I may have to shamelessly borrow this one for my blog (with proper reference to yours, of course!) Speaking of which, I notice you haven’t had photos on your most recent blogs. Is it because you are having trouble with WordPress’ new photo procedures? I can’t post photos now, because they say my dial-up connection is too slow. AARRGH!

  6. Elaine says:

    I’ve read 44, and there are perhaps a few that I might still put on my “to read” list. Great post, I may have to shamelessly steal it myself :)

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