Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Big Read

The Big Read
I saw this today at a friend's blog (http://bouffard11.blogspot.com/), and I found it pretty interesting.  According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on this list.
 
How many have you read?

Look at the list.
Bold those you have read.
Italicize those you intend to read.
Underline the books you LOVE.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
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. 1984 - 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
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
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 Mitchel
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
(note:  I can't get #27-29 to change colors, so I'm sorry that they're reddish on here...there is no significant reason for them to be that way)
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 Tolstoy3
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (actually I watched the movie, but I'm counting it!)
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 - AA 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 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 (yep, this one was the movie too  ha ha)
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
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. 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 (not sure if I actually intend to read it...but it sounds interesting)
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

4 comments:

http://wheresthebox.blogspot.com/ said...

Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott are two of my favorite writers - hope you like their books!  I agree The Five People You Meet in Heaven sounds interesting; maybe I'll have to pick that one up at the library.

debi_bouffard@yahoo.com said...

I have to suggest you read The catcher in the rye! One of my absolute favorites that i read over & over.

alyssalore said...

I've read 11 on that list. And if I could count books Alek has read (I assigned them, you know! LOL!), it'd be more like 14.
Love, Alyssa

http://nateland.blogspot.com/ said...

I've read the following.  Some of these were back in school, so it wouldn't hurt to visit a few of them again for enjoyment instead of forced reading:
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
4. Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare - several of them but not "the complete works"
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis --> isn't this part of 33 since it is one of the 7 chronicles?
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
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
87. Charlotte’s Web - EB White
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I've "seen the movie" on these, if we're counting that:
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchel
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
34. Emma - Jane Austen
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
71. Oliver Twist - C