Are You a Reader?

23 Feb

Instructions:

1) Look at the list and highlight those you have read.
2) Put a % after those you’ve read a portion of.
3) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE. (Maybe a – by the ones you really hated.)
4) Star (*) those you plan on reading.

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 – LouisaMay 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 Traveller’s Wife – *
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 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 – by 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 S
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 X
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 Toole
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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4 Responses to “Are You a Reader?”

  1. Richard Brunton March 16, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    My lord, that’s one huge list. I don’t think I could even say I’ve read a tiny fraction of that list.

    I’m struggling reading a Japanese thriller adapted into English, hard going.

    I think I’d be really choosy about reading from this list though and would make sure I was selecting something that suited my reading tastes rather than just selecting it because it’s deemed as a classic.

  2. feignedmischief March 16, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    I think the desire to read them classics should count. Like I often say, books are like men, there’s so many of them but so little time! LOL

  3. JohnnyFox March 21, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    If you’ve never read Alice in Wonderland, you’re missing out on a genuine masterpiece of children’s literature and one that pre-dates all the Harry Potters and Narnias and Tolkeins you can shake a stick at … and it’s better than any of them in its invention and dialogue.

    But there are two, well three, books on the list I’d specifically recommend for you to understand the English national character – unpleasant as it is – read Cold Comfort Farm and Rebecca to understand how, and perhaps why, the Brits are so cold to each other. And then see Bryson’s observations in Notes from a Small Island and – if you can manage it also – Jeremy Paxman’s slightly differently brilliant ‘The English’.

  4. feignedmischief March 31, 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    Cheers John for these book suggestions. I do need to catch up on a lot of reading, if only I could stop going to so many plays!

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