Reading List

Back in November, I decided to take on a challenge. It started with a Facebook note. Most Facebook notes that include “repost this” and a list of rules go straight to the trash. They remind me of silly chain emails I liked in junior high. But this note had some merit, so I posted it.

The challenge is a reading list of 100 books supposedly compiled by the BBC. According to the note, the BBC estimates that most people have only read about six of the books. I’ve read 28 so far. My best friend Meredith has read 32 of them. She’s a scientist and I’m a journalist (sort of). So I think I should beat her. She’s not competing, which makes it easier. Unfortunately, I’m also kind of busy planning my wedding and working. So I’m posting the list here to help motivate myself to show some progress.

Format: Bold books: I’ve finished. Italicized books: I’ve started but not finished. Regular type books: I haven’t touched. Feel free to comment with which ones you’ve read and which ones you think I should read next. I’m currently working on The Grapes of Wrath.

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. 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

15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch – George Eliot

21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

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 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

40. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. 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’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

76. The Inferno – Dante

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 – E.B. 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. Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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2 Responses to Reading List

  1. Papa says:

    I enjoyed Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” more than “The Grapes of Wrath.”
    “Moby Dick” was the worse 600 pages I have ever endured.
    “A Brave New World” and “Catch 22” were so-so.
    “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Chronicles of Narnia” were both worth reading.
    “The Kite Runner” was well written if you can stand some darker topics.
    “Watership Down” was a good read – How could any self respecting rabbit owner not read it?
    I’ll have to read every book ever written before I read the “Complete Works of Shakespeare.”
    “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” is a very good short story.
    The best novel I’ve ever read is “Atlas Shrugged” although it isn’t on this list. What do those Brit’s know about literature anyway?

  2. Nicole says:

    Yes, East of Eden is way better than Grapes of Wrath. It’s on my all-time favorites list now. I liked the Kite Runner but have avoided A Thousand Splendid Suns (same author) because that stuff depresses me. Watership Down is excellent; that’s why I made you read it. I’d take Shakespeare over Charles Dickens any day. I hate that guy.

    Once I hit 33, I’ll probably abandon this reading list for a different one. It’s not the best I’ve ever seen.

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