Monday, August 4, 2008


This is a meme that I saw on my friend Marlene's blog--Stitchin' by the Lake. How many of these books have you read? (The National Endowment for the Arts believes that the majority of adults have read only 6 of these books--Yikes!!) I have bolded (okay, so bolded is not really a word) the books I've read and italicized them if I especially loved them! I still have so many to go!

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2.The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkein
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. The 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 – Phillip 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 . The Complete works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit --J.R.R. Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveler'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 (I've read most of this book--Dickens can be tedious!)
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 (I would like to add that I DID NOT like this book)
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
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 (I absolutely LOVE this book!)
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
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 St. 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

I would also add Christy and Shepherd of the Hills to this list.

I'm also disappointed that no Mark Twain books were named on this list! I would add most of his writing.

Happy Reading,



  1. I completely forgot about Christy! I bet I ready it a half dozen times, I loved it so much! Blessings, marlene

  2. I've read many of these, also.

    I just bought an old copy of Shepherd of the Hills at the book fair in June. I should read it again. I've read it more than once. Being from the Ozarks, it has special meaning for me.

    Here's something interesting about the book. It's been many years since I read it, but I believe the town of Corinth is mentioned in the book. Can't remember definitely. Corinth is believed to be Lebanon (MO). Harold Bell Wright did not like Lebanon (he lived there for a time) and apparently Lebanon did not like him, either. I was born and raised in Lebanon and didn't know anything about this until a couple of years ago when a classmate mentioned something about it. By then I had read the book a couple times and I've seen the movie...the old version. Believe it or not, I've never seen the play. I've been going to Branson since Branson was only The Shepherd of the Hills and Presley's. Don't know why I haven't seen the play. My aunt gave me my first copy of the book when I was a young'un.

    You've inspired me to read it again. The bit about Corinth has me curious. I just looked at Wright's dedication of the book to his wife Frances. It mentions Mutton Hollow and the trail. I wonder if that trail can still be found in "modern day" Branson!


  3. Thanks for the list of the books. I have read a lot of them but not all by any means. connie from texas

  4. Stitchinbythelake--Christy is such a favorite of mine--I read it every winter.

    Pat, thanks so much for the info on Harold Bell Wright. I'd never heard that about him and Lebanon, MO. I've been to the play once. The book is better. I went on the tour they offer and I can't remember what they said about the old trail, but it was mentioned. I really enjoyed that tour, as they did talk alot about the history of the area. Have you been in the cave at SDC? The old cabin where Wright did some of the writing for the book is down there--you can only see a portion of it.

    Connie--I've got a long way to go on that list. I'm sure there are many I wouldn't even enjoy, but there are a few more I'd like to read.