Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Reading list.

I stole this 100% from a blog called "Troy and Nancy" The comments are hers and I don't have time to change them, or really want to for that matter. I don't necessarily agree with them and I've read 35 books from the list. (I'll add asterisks so we can see if I can count) - Monique

I read on another blog that the average adult has read only 6 out of 100 of the following books! (I don't know if those stats are true, but I guess it doesn't matter). I've bolded the books I have read.
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (awesome - one of my favorite)*
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (It's on my list to read. Love the movies)
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (great book)*
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (some of the best books I've ever read)*
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee*
6. The Bible (the majority of it)-not enough of it
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (weird, but interesting)*
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (read it in high school, can't remember it)*
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (high school - BORING)*
11. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (pretty good)*
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete work of Shakespere (no interest)
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (great book)*
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (just remember a lot of swearing, sorry Alexandra)*
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot*
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (hated the movie, so no interest)
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 (HATED this book; couldn't even finish)*
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll*
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (boring, wouldn't recommend it)
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens*
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis*
34. Emma - Jane Austen (pretty good, rare occasion where the movie is better)*
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen (not her best work, but still a good read)*
36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (read 1000 Splendid Suns and did not like it, so no interest)
37. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (started off good, but didn't like the ending)
39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne*
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell (high school read - don't remember much)*
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (Angels and Demons is better)*
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez*
43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving*
44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
47. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding (another high school read. remember the conch and "kill the pig, suck it's blood, bash it's head..." or something like that)
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 (on my to-read list)*
54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens*
57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (high school, but I do remember liking this one)
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
61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (one of my favorite; great book)
65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
67. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fiedling
68. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdi
69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville*
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens*
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker
72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett*
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 (movie sucked, so no interest)
79. Possession - AS Byatt
80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens*
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker*
83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert*(not sure I finished)
85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86. Charlotte’s Web - EB White*
87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom (hated it, thought it was stupid)
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle*
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
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
98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
(The last two were missing, so I made some up)
99. Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton (Interesting read, but hated the ending)
100. Twilight series - Stephanie Myers (only read one and HATED it.*
I know, I know. I thought it was so shallow and silly, especially after just finishing the masterpiece of Harry Potter. No comparison.)

I got 23. How many did you get? I know a lot of people won't agree with my reviews, but if you found you had similar views, please share with me some other books that you liked. Or, post this list on your blog and do your own reviews.


Merilee said...

I've only read 19! I've never been a crazy reader like you and Em.

Darilyn said...

I got 31. Many of those were so long ago I don't remember them though.

ducklips said...

I only got 14. There are probably 10 more that I started reading and never finished, a few of them because they were for my English class and I was able to write my papers and pass the test without actually reading the books. How sad of a commentary is that on my education.
I think that I have seen most of these movies and even read a couple of books that were supposed to be sequels written by different authors after just seeing the movie.

I do think they should have Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde though. Oh yeah, and I am in the middle of reading The Three Musketeers by Dumas.

Teresa said...

I am constantly reading, but really haven't touched many on the list. I was the same as Elise, wrote many a paper in school on books I never read and still got "A"s on them!

megan said...

I read 21 but a lot of them I didn't like. I don't like the socialist/communist books. There are a few books that I would think would be on the list. I would take away Bridget Jones' Diary and maybe put the Diary of Anne Frank or something like that.

Emily said...

Fixed it.