I found this on my friend Julie's blog and thought I would give it a go.
The Big Read, an initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts, has estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. How do you do?
1) Look at the list and color those you have read. (I did the ones I have read and my comments in blue)
2) Italicize those you intend to read. ( I put the ones I intend on reading in red as well)
3) Remark on the books you LOVE.
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - I love all of her books!! This movie is by BBC is the only one that does justice to the book.
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien- L
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte- this is on my list of books I am going to read this year.
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling -I love these books. Do I get extra points for reading them more than 5 times???
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Just started!!
6 The Bible. -It's great. Not since high school.
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell -In high school and I don't think I will read it again.
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman-
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott -loved it.
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy- On my list.
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare-No, but I have read LOTS of them
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier -another on my list for this year.
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien- ditto... Does half way then giving up count?
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger I read it a long time ago and loved it.
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot .
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell At least 4 or 5 times!
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald -This is one that I read every few years. I loved the movie. I am in love with Robert Redford.
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy Half Way!
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh. On my list.
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck This is another one that I don't remember much about.
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll -I thought this was a fun read.
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame -Brian read this to me and the girls.
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy On my list....
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - I Loved them all.
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden -Good book
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne - Yep
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown-
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez I really want to read this one!!!
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery -My favorite book as a child (and series) and still is.
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding -Not my favorite.
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan-the movie made me so sad that I don't think I can read the book.
51 Life of Pi -Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen- I really liked it.
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens -Once in High School
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 -Good book but so sad.
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- I did not enjoy this book at all.
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s 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 -hardly remember it... I read it in high school.
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt Read it with a Book Club but didn't understand most of it.
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 Can't believe I am admiting to that one!
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-another high school read. I plan on reading again sometime.
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 Another one that I read every few years!!!
Wow... 53....I'll have to revisit this list after this year is over.