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So, all my friends are doing it, so I thought I would too.  Here is an arbitrary list someone came up with and (apparently) if you haven't read a goodly number of 'em, you're a moran [sic].

I've read (or listened to) the titles in bold, intend to read the titles in italics, and (here's a twist) watched those underlined

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible - Man (I've read many parts, even own The Brick Testament)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (unless it's in semaphore)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (Why do so many of my friends hate this?  I totally dig it and there wasn't even any time-travel.
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 (I've read a few, seen a few more.  btw, Olivia Hussy is by far the best looking Juliet.)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
19 The Time Traveller'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 (This is one that is one almost everyone's list of books to read.  NPR had something to say about that a short while ago.)
25 The Hitchhiker'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 The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis (I think Rob asked this, "Who edited this list?!?!?")
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 - L.M. 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 - A.S. 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

That's 16 read or listened to, 28 watched, and several others that I'm intending to read or listen to.

My big question about this list is this: Why are there so many duplicate authors and books when there are so many conspicuously missing?  Where are Philip K. Dick, David Sedaris, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, Jack London, that guy that wrote that thing about the thing, Neil Gaimen, Edgar Allan Poe (Poe, come on, where's Poe?!?!?!), and so many others? 

Please discuss amongst yourselves.


Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 1:43 PM General | Back to top

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An admirable list. I've read 23 of the books. I've read more than watched them.
But your list does not include enough of the Great Works of Western Civilization ( - specifically more of the classics:
Odyssey - Homer
The Republic - Plato
Confessions - Augustine
Utopia (an absolute must read) - Thomas More
Pensees - Blaise Pascal
Inferno/Divine Comedy - Dante

Also - I definitely agree that Mark Twain and Poe need to be on the list.

Left by Scott Miller on Jul 16, 2008 11:09 PM

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I know. I'm not that happy with the list. My wife what we think is the original list (I think she found it on another friend's blog) but it seems to have been condensed and modified.
I would have put The Odyssey (sp?), The Illiad, The Annead (sp?), Gilgamesh (sp?) and several other true classics. I would also put I, Judas (by Taylor Caldwell) and I, Claudius (by Robert Graves) which are not nearly as old, but very much classic.
Left by Dave on Jul 17, 2008 11:17 AM

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