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The Big Read List

Jimmied from discord26

According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ




1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
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. Complete Works of Shakespeare I only read the ones we had to read in high school.
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
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. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
37. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis -
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
45. 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
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
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
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
80. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
81. Possession - AS 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 - EB 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. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
99. Hamlet - William Shakespeare -
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

At least I read more than six. :)

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
grey853
Jun. 26th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
I've read all but 27. Of those 27, I've started several and went blech. I don't know who made the list but some of those books are beyond boring, so dull that I'd have to smack myself if I could read more than a handful of pages. Some are just too morose and sad to finish. Some I've never even heard of and I read a lot of books.

It's like when they make the list of great films. So many are just so depressing, you'd want to jab your eyes out before the first fifteen minutes.

pattrose
Jun. 26th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm impressed and I agree about the strange list. I've never heard of some of them either.
Hugs, Patt
grey853
Jun. 26th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
I read a lot of them because I had to when I was in college. Otherwise, some of them I wouldn't have touched with a ten foot pole. *g*

What was interesting were some of the classics that were left off, some of the Masterpieces by Mark Twain, Hawthorne, and Faulkner.
pattrose
Jun. 26th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
What was interesting were some of the classics that were left off, some of the Masterpieces by Mark Twain, Hawthorne, and Faulkner.

Yes, I agree. I had to read some classics in high school and they weren't even on the list.
grey853
Jun. 26th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I know. What about HUCKLEBERRY FINN, I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, or SCARLET LETTER? There were a lot on the list that I didn't think should be there, either. I'm sorry, but Harry Potter's no classic.

Edited at 2008-06-26 07:09 pm (UTC)
grey853
Jun. 26th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Sorry about all the editing. My brain is just mush today. *g*
pattrose
Jun. 26th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
It's okay. :) I love your icon, it's soooooo cool.
Hugs, Patt
grey853
Jun. 26th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
That's the icon I use when it's really hot out. I think about Snoopy surfing, being all cool. *g*
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