Books

How Many Have You Read

I am taking this from Amy’s blog. (Though it doesn’t feel right to call her Amy, since she was once my teacher.)

This was a list of 100 best books from somewhere, though it seems a quite random collection to me. Books are so personal, how can you even pretend to pick the best 100 books? It’s ludicrous. And two of them got lost somewhere along the line, so I only have 98.

Rules:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.

2) Italicize those you intend to read.

3) Underline the books you LOVE.

Here we go.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen. Great book.

2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien. Didn’t love them–good stories, a little confusing. I may need to reread them.

3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte. What a great ending.

4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling. I grew up with these books, and I love them to death.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee. Need to reread this.

6. The Bible.Yes, I’ve read it. And I’m trying to read it again, currently. I actually took a Bible as Literature class, and I loved that class. The KJV is amazing.

7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte.What a strange, wonderful little book.

8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell. When I was in high school, I read a lot of classics. I read this book in that time. Then I got out of high school, and I started reading more young adult fiction. What is up with me?

9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman. Someday I’ll read this, maybe. Not too urgent.

10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens. Love this!

11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott. Okay, I only read half. And then I got bored. Sorry.

12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy. I’ve never heard of this book, but someone else liked it.

13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller.

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare. I’ve read some. A lot of sonnets, some plays. But not all. Someday.

15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien. I recently reread this and fell in love with it again. Just enjoyable.

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks.

18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger.

19. The Time Traveler’s’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger.

20. Middlemarch – George Eliot.

21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald. A lot of people don’t like this book. I liked it a lot.

23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens.

24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams. I liked the first few, but then it got old.

26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck. People love this book. I just didn’t like the ending.

29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll. I really, really need to read this.

30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame. This is my favorite title ever. Love the title. But I haven’t gotten to reading the book.

31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy. Okay, I’m currently reading it at a snail’s pace. No. At a sloth’s pace. I’ll get through it someday.

32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis. These books are amazingly awesome.

34. Emma – Jane Austen.

35. Persuasion – Jane Austen. Really want to read this.

36. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini.

37. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

38. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

39. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne. I think I’ve read part of something having to do with Winnie the Pooh.

40. Animal Farm – George Orwell

41. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown. I

42. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I love his short stories. Why have I not picked up his novels?

43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

44. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

45. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery. Read some of the series. Honestly, I like the miniseries the best.

46. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

47. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood.

48. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

49. Atonement – Ian McEwan

50. Life of Pi – Yann Martel.

51. Dune – Frank Herbert

52. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

53. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

54. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

55. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

56. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens. Love this book. I stayed up late reading it.

57. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley.

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

59. Love in the Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

60. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck. A lot of people don’t like it, but I found it pretty good.

61. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov. So I have read parts of this book, but I don’t think I’ll ever read the whole thing. I don’t want to. I don’t feel a need to. And I think it’s overrated.

62. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

63. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold.

64. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas. I read this unabridged. Took me a year. Love it.

65. On the Road – Jack Kerouac.

66. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy.

67. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding.

68. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie. Okay. I didn’t finish it. It was not very exciting at all.

69. Moby Dick – Herman Melville. I only have read the first part of this book before becoming so bored I decided that I wasn’t going to waste my time.

70. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

71. Dracula – Bram Stoker

72. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett. I think I read this, but I’m not sure. I say I have.

73. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

74. Ulysses – James Joyce.

75. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath.

76. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

77. Germinal – Emile Zola

78. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

79. Possession – AS Byatt.

80. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens. Love this book!

81. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

82. The Color Purple – Alice Walker.

83. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

84. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

85. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

86. Charlotte’s Web – EB White

87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Okay, I haven’t read this. I’ve read Hound of the Baskervilles. Isn’t that close enough?

89. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

90. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad.

91. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

92. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

93. Watership Down – Richard Adams. I

94. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

95. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

96. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas.

97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl. Aah! Love Road Dahl.

98. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo.

So the ones I’ve italicized I may or may not read. Not so set on it. I really feel no pressure to read classics anymore. Nor do I think that by reading this book you somehow become well read. At all. Reading is a personal thing, and you should read what you want. There is something to reading a variety of books, but never, ever get a list of books from some authority and think you have to read them all. Reading is enjoyable, not a chore. (Thank you, Shannon Hale, for putting this wonderful idea into my mind.)

But this was fun anyway.

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4 thoughts on “How Many Have You Read

  1. If you don’t like creepy books don’t read Alice in Wonderland.
    If you like books that read like a dream, though, you’ll like it. Because it really does feel like you’re dreaming while you read it. Her dress rocks.
    I love Road Dahl too! And you’ll like Emma lot I think. I finally finished it and liked it.

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  2. It’s OK…once you’ve left high school you can think of teachers by their first names! Did you do The Great Gatsby in Heather’s (Miss Hansen if we’re being formal about it!) class? If so, I bet that’s why you liked it so much, I admire her teaching skills greatly!

    And, I have to sort of agree. I think you shouldn’t read a book you’re not enjoying just because someone said you should read it. (Unless it’s for a class, of course. Then…you’re sort of stuck!) But I do wish more people would read the “classics.” I think the idea is intimidating to some readers, so they don’t try at all, and then miss out.

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  3. I read Great Gatsby on my own, not for a class. A lot of classics I’ve read on my own.

    And I so agree that people should try classics more. At least try. There are so many good books out there that aren’t boring and are so incredibly wonderful.

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