Wednesday, August 27, 2008

How many have you read?

Thanks to Sonya and Chan
How many have you read?

The Big Read is an NEA program designed to encourage community reading initiatives and of their top 100 books, they estimate the average adult has read only six.
*Look at the list and bold those we have read. I know NZ has a list and no doubt the Uk too. It would be good to share the other lists if any one has them to compare the reading tastes of the world.

*Italicize those we intend to read.
*Underline the books we LOVE .
That is just too much work, so I will make bold the titles I have read
Share this list in your blog, too, if you like.

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 Faulks
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
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
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 - 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'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 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
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

68/100
Ok I have to admit, I did an English Literature degree and then worked as an English lit teacher for several years.

15 comments:

Sarah said...

59 for me, though most notably no Charles Dickens - I've never quite got on with him for some reason - do you have a favourite Dickens you would recommend I tried again with?

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Quite an eclectic mix! 62 for me!

Channon said...

Oh - was I supposed to confess to a double-major that included English Lit? ;)

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Great list! I had read 64 of those. Love to read and I love the list so I can go through and read the rest! I just wish I could find a better way to read and knit at the same time :).

Rachael Rabbit said...

Oh dear - I only got to 28 .... I better get reading some more!

marit said...

hmmm-18...and I read all the time...just not that kind of books...

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! What a fun post and how impressive! I have seen a Top 100 list here and, you're right, it's a bit different. I'm surprised at some of the books that are on the list -- and some that are missing. I sadly only had 20 -- oh my! There were several that I've started and never finished. Wouldn't that be a fun challenge, to finish the list???

Tracy said...

95 out of 100 for me...I've always been an omivorous reader and love books & reading. Many of these I read as a teenager. But this 100 is a great list...Some I must revisit again soon. So many books, so little time ;o) I'm a huges Jane Austen fan, so glad several of her title are on the list. Happy reading & happy weekend ((HUGS))

Charli and me said...

Hi, I've read 52 books on that list but lot's of other great books on other lists like Amherst. It was fun to go through. I could not imagine only reading 6 books on that list in my life time.

raining sheep said...

Whew 67 books for me some I also read in French and Czech and English.

Rachel said...

Oh dear, only 18 for me, although I love reading! My parents were both librarians so books have always been a big part of my life - just not these kinds, I guess. At school for O levels we had to read Pride & Prejudice and Great Expectations - I didn't actually finish either of them and it put me off both Austen & Dickens permanently. There are quite a few books on that list I'd still like to read, though.

LOUISE said...

I confess to not having read many. I used to read a lot more than I do now. x

April said...

Hi, I've found a UK list and put it on my blog - 50 is my total from your list. The two lists are a little different but lots of similarities

April xx

Madame said...

Sadly, only 28 for me. Thanks for the post. It was fun to read and do. Thanks to you, I did the same list on my blog. :)

Leonie said...

13 I have definitely read and 5 I think I have but can't remember, not really a literature reader, more a Science nerd!!