100 books to read

I went and found this over on my old livejournal. I've decided to start working on the list again.  I have read a few of the books since I posted the original list in July 2008, but I'll update it as I go along.

"Someone" reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. It's not the Big Read though -- they don't publish books, and they've only featured these books so far. In any event...
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you started but did not finish.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 or less and force books upon them.


The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams


The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Life of Pi - Yann Martel

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett Finished: 4/21/2022

The Color Purple - Alice Walker

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte


To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee


Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

Nineteen Eighty Four - George

His Dark Materials (trilogy) - Philip Pullman


Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Catch - Joseph Heller

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis


Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne

Animal Farm - George Orwell

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck


On The Road - Jack Kerouac

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Hamlet - William Shakespeare

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Complete Works of Shakespeare

Ulysses - James Joyce

Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

The Bible

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald


War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov


The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole - Just a fascinating story set in New Orleans, and published posthumously by the mother of the author, after the author had committed suicide.

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

Middlemarch - George Eliot

Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Bleak House - Charles Dickens

The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

Emma - Jane Austen

Persuasion - Jane Austen

Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery (saw some of the series)

Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

Atonement - Ian McEwan

Dune - Frank Herbert

Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Secret History - Donna Tartt

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy - in progress 4/22/2022

Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding

Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Dracula - Bram Stoker

Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

Germinal - Emile Zola

Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray <- on deck

Possession - A.S. Byatt

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert <- on deck

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks - one of the weirdest books ever.

Watership Down - Richard Adams

A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

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