There is a reading list floating around Facebook that purports to be connected to the BBC. The idea is that you copy and paste the book list to your notes and then bold the ones you have read and use italics for the ones you started but never finished. I decided I wanted to do more with the list so I’m making a it a blog post instead of an FB note.
Some of these are collections. I don’t think a person should be forced to read a collection to get credit for reading “a book.” No, those are multiple books. For collections that I have read or started to read some but not all of the books, I am going to list out the individual titles. Except Shakespeare. That’s too many! Also for me I think I’ll use pretty purple font to denote those books that I want to read or have started but intend to finish. So purple is “I want to read,” and purple and italicized is “I started reading and someday I intend to finish.” Regular boring italicized is started and never finished. I’m not sure if I have any of those.
“Stacked Books Isolated" Image courtesy of Supertrooper at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
So here is the list of 100 Books and some comments from me:
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
- Fellowship of the Ring
- The Two Towers
- Return of the Kind
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte ~ Boobear loved this book. I struggled with it. I started reading it and had to stop and then I finally finished it. Not one of my favorites.
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible ~ There are 66 books in the protestant version. 27 in the New Testament. I’ve read all of those multiple times. I’ve read most of the OT but not all of the prophets and only one of the books that is included in the deuterocanonical books. (Tobit, in case you are curious.) I have every intention of reading all the books. 2015 might be the year!
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte ~ I know I’ve read this but it’s been so long I don’t remember it at all. I’m leaving it bold and black but I did just download a free copy to my Kindle in case I decide to read it again to refresh my memory.
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell ~ I keep thinking I have to read this one but then I realized I haven’t. I own it. Maybe someday I’ll put it on my to-read list.
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman ~ I have never heard of this one.
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hard ~ Everyone keeps telling me that I should read this because my name is Tess. Is that really a good reason to read a book?
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare ~ Seriously, the complete works? I can’t swear that I’ve read every single play. I have read all the sonnets and many (if not most) of the plays. But Shakespeare plays were not meant to be read; they were meant to be watched. I’ve not come close to seeing them all. Maybe I’ll get around to reading the plays I haven’t read yet.
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 ~ I have seen the movie so many times. I think I started this years ago (like in high school) and never finished but I’m leaving it like this. Maybe I’ll read it but it’s not a high priority.
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy ~ I think this is one that I should read.
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams ~ I might have to try reading this one just to see what all the fuss is about. I think it is important for cultural literacy.
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 ~ I just added this to my Kindle Fire. Free version. Maybe I will tackle it someday.
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 ~ Of course I’ve read this if I’ve read the Chronicles of Narnia! It’s part of the collection!
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 ~ I wish I had not read this book. I found it so disturbing when I read it. Maybe I was too young? It was 9th or 10th grade I think. Maybe? I have not made my girls read this one.
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 ~ I read this because my 9th grade teacher introduced us to Charles Dickens and I wanted to read the book since I had learned the quote.
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley ~ Two of my girls have read this one. Turtlegirl says it was “kind of disturbing.” Since I made them read it, I guess I should read it.
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 Fieldin
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville ~ I have no desire whatsoever to read this book. None.
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 ~ It is possible I read this but I don’t remember.
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 ~ I own this and at least one of my daughters have read it. Maybe I will read it someday.
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 ~ Turtlegirl has read this and we’ve watched a couple of different movie versions. Someday I will finish reading it.
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare ~
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl ~ The movie with Gene Wilder scared me. I haven’t seen the Johnny Depp version. I’m not sure I can get past the movie to read the book.
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
For another list of Books that Everyone Should read you can check out GoodReads. How many of these have you read? If you have posted about how many you’ve read please leave me a link in the comments. I’d love to check it out!