Everyone Likes A List, So Here’s A List About Books

Everyone likes a good list, so what better way to start the week than to start with a list that will make you feel smart? Or stupid, depending on who you are. Not that not reading books would be an indicator of your level of intelligence, but you get what I mean.

Supposedly this came from the BBC, and something like the average person will have read only six of these but I have a really hard time believing that. I found this on Facebook, so if I’m incorrect about any of this information then you should blame Mark Zuckerberg for providing a popular platform where people can spread misinformation.

I put my reads in bold. Now you can compare yourself to me on this fine Monday morning and get a boost of confidence. Unless your record is worse than mine, in which case I don’t know what to tell you.  It was difficult not to bold books I have bought but have not yet had the chance to read!

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 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

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

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 – 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

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 Inferno – Dante

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

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



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14 responses to “Everyone Likes A List, So Here’s A List About Books

  1. I have definitely read 15 which I think isn’t bad! Two I read when I was a child and don’t remember a word so it would be 18 if I could count those;) I think thats quite good! Quite a lot of them are on my ‘to read’ list also just books are expensive over here 😦

  2. 32! I own quite a few on the list which I haven’t read, will get round to it one day. It’s really difficult to see which ones you have put in bold, the colours and type-face don’t make it obvious.
    Number 88 was a massive let-down for me, the title is amazing and promises so much, I was utterly bored by it and left this book in the garden, in the rain (which is a pretty big insult from me, I LOVE books).
    I can thoroughly recommend 59, it is hilarious and original, a lovely book that I have read about 5 times now.

    I wish I was paid to just read all day!

  3. Yeah, sorry about that. I really am starting to dislike this black background but I can’t find a theme that suits me. I want to pay for the right to edit this one, but I’m worried if I do that then I won’t know how! I’ll do something soon though. It’s too hard to read.

  4. Of all the books on the list, my recommendation is “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and following books by Douglas Adams. Those books changed my life, creating the sarcastic curmudgeon that I am today.

    I do note that the list is heavily weighted in the twentieth (and twenty-first) century. For a long time, I’ve said that the way to know what current writers are great is to wait a few hundred years, and see who’s still read. Shakespeare made the list, but I saw only a few from the nineteenth century and no one from the ancient world or the middle ages, except for the Bible.

    The list of books worth reading is much longer than any person can finish in a lifetime. The point is that we must read as many as we can get to and write our own.

  5. Kim Pugliano

    So I got 19 but I don’t remember 99% of them. I lovelovelove to read and I get totally lost in a good book, but once I put it down I couldn’t tell you a thing about it. I will tell you that I think now that I’ve seen this list my most prideful (is that a word?) book is Ana Karenina or however that is spelled and I want to read Secret Garden again. I read that a few times as a young lady (I’m not even 40 and I just made myself sound like a 60-year-old didn’t I? Anywho…)

    I really get to get to the library. Hot Joe told me last night (and yes he does deserve a metal because if you knew HALF the shit he put up with being married to a bipolar freak with OCD and ADHD you would bow down to his hotness. And YES he’s hot. Wait, I never finished my sentence (ADHD), okay he told me last night all my posts are kind of more geared towards women if that’s the kind of book I want to right.

    Um Yeah, and? That’s what I read, so that’s what I write, silly Hot Joe!!! Men. So lame.


  6. Kim Pugliano

    Oh Geez, spelling mistakes are all over my comment!!!!

  7. Lists like this make me sad and wish I could manage to not be a total lazy fuck and read more. I’ve read a lot of these, well…more than six but not nearly as much as I wish I had. I want to read most of these books. I think I own most of these books though which I’m sure gives you a hint regarding the state of my bedroom. I’m going to end up on Hoarders one day. I know it.

  8. Karen

    The Five People You Meet in Heaven shouldn’t be on any list other than the top 100 books to take a dump on. The Lovely Bones should be on that list too.

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