The Reading List

The Big Read (http://www.neabigread.org/) said that, on average, adults have only read six books on this list. So … copy this list, remove my yeses and nos, and add your comments (favourable or otherwise) about the ones you have read. Don’t forget to include a total.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – Yes
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien – Yes
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – YES
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling – The first 3, I got bored.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – YES
6 The Bible –yes
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – YES
8 1984 – George Orwell – No
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman – No
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – Maybe? I’ve read a few Dickens and I can’t remember if this is one
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott – YES
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy – No
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller – No
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare –I’ve read several Shakespeare’s but not all. Its a goal of mine.
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – No
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien – Yes
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks – No
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – No
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – No
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot- No
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell – No
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald – No
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens-No
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy – No
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – YES
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh –
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky –
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll – YES
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame – YES – this was the first chapter book I ever read, I was 5.
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – No
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens – Yes
33 The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis – Yes
34 Emma – Jane Austen – YES
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen – YES
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – YES
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 – YES
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell –
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – No
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 – YES
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- YES
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons –
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – YES
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth –
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon –
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens – Yes
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 – yes
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens – yes
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker –
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – yes
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 – Yes
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 – YES
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom –
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Yes
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton –
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad –
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupe –
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 – YES
98 Hamlet – Shakespeare – YES

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl –
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo -Yes

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One thought on “The Reading List

  1. I hit 39. Have you read Kristin Lavransdatter? It’s a wonderful book written by Sigrid Undset, that won the Nobel Prize for literature approx 70 years ago.

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