The Book List

Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2009 by Travis Cody in

Oddly enough, I don't think I've ever done this meme. But I saw it again at Unfinished Business not too long ago, so I grabbed it.

BBC believes the majority of people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

1) Look at the list and put an ‘X’ after those you have read.
2) Tally your total at the bottom.
3) Tag a few people you think would enjoy sharing similar information about their book interests.

I'm not going to tag anyone, but feel free to tell me in comments how many of these you've read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens X
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller X
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare X
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien X
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell X
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams X
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll X
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens X
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis X
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 X
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 X
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 X
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 X
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 X
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas X
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 X
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens X
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce X, but I didn't understand a single word
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 X
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchel
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 X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X
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 X
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas X
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo X

That's 32 X's. This is obviously not the extent of the books I've read, since I've got more than 1000 in my library and I'm constantly adding to the collection.

Although I did make note of a couple on the list that I haven't read, but would like to.

What am I reading now, you ask? Well, the death of Philip Jose Farmer in February reminded me that I've never read the Riverworld series, although I always meant to. So I ordered the first three books from Amazon and I've just begun To Your Scattered Bodies Go.

And there's this one on deck. Pam is reading it while I'm reading Riverworld. I think I'll take a look as well at some point.

Plus, we'll be down at the bookstore this weekend to pick up the new novel in Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series!


  1. Turnbaby says:

    I have seen this a bunch and need to do it. I have quite a lot on the list. I will admit that I have tried about five times to read Ulysses--still a no go;-)

    Current read is The Given Day by Dennis Lehane--it's wonderful.

  1. DrillerAA says:

    I've read more than six of these, but most were required reading in high school or college. Other than the Bible, I don't read much anymore.
    I was just never one to sit down and pick up a novel to read.

  1. Marsha says:

    Ok, so I've read 13 of these and have a couple of others in the library 'to read'. There's some there I need to add too,

    I did the Meyer series last year, Pam will enjoy it. I liked the books so much, I just can't bring myself to watch the movie. As always, books are better than the movie version.

  1. Julie says:

    Well.....i think i've read about 12 of these. But several were from school days. So that means I probably wasn't really paying attention. I noticed a couple on this list that I've seen in Sara's room so I won't have to go to the bookstore! Just go to Sara's room!

  1. Jamie says:

    Thank you thank you thank you. I needed a fast meme for today.

  1. I'm going to get around to this meme at some point. I'm making a copy right now.

  1. Ivanhoe says:

    You got me beat by 10 - it's just 22 for me. Still better then the said average of 6 mentioned in the meme ;o)

  1. Jamie says:

    I have mine up now with 65 read. About Ulysses, as I say there, "set your brain on float". The poetry and sounds of the words start to seep in. You may never "understand" it, but you will be glad you sort of read it.

  1. Travis, I did this meme a while ago and have read a lot of them. The Modern Library has "a 100 best novels" list too. Here's the linkI'm just starting "Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri (she wrote The Namesake)I like SciFi too. Have you read "Lucifer's Hammer" Best sci fi!

  1. Linda says:

    Just counting in my head as I scrolled down, I've read at least 20 of these but there are quite a few more that I want to read at some point.

    Give "Twilight" a go - it's not really a guy's book but you being a romantic, I think you'd like it. Just don't expect great writing - it's a great story but the author is not the best in the world - she just got really lucky!

  1. Akelamalu says:

    I've read 15 off your list.

  1. you are seriously lacking in your Austen my friend...I am surprised at you (smile)

    Twilight...all four...are worth the effort...they are very quick reads.

  1. Bond says:

    Man...I read a lot, but I guess I live in the 'trash' land, because there are far to many of these that I have never read.

  1. Ouch. If I only have 12, is that bad?

  1. There's a lot on that list I have not read.
    Right now Little T and I are reading the Diary of a Whimy Kid series!

  1. Travis says:

    Turn: We're still struggling to make enough time to read more.

    Drilleraa: Some don't take to casual reading.

    Marsha: She said Twilight started a bit slow, but it did grab her interest.

    Julie: You've got your own little library upstairs!

    Jamie: Pleased to be of service!

    Charles: Excellent!

    Ivanhoe: I was surprised I had so many on the list.

    Jamie: 65! Wow! I get tired after awhile reading at Ulysses and give up. Sadly, it's unlikely I'll give it another go.

    Mary: I keep adding to my list of "to read". I suspect it will continue to grow until I retire.

    Linda: I think I'll probably try it. It seems to be the popular thing and I like to be with the cool kids. LOL!

    Akelamalu: Not bad!

    Katherine: Well, I've never really been an Austen fan. **ducks**

    V: You live more in thriller land I suspect. Those often aren't considered for these lists. You know what? We should come up with a list of 100 thrillers and start a new meme!

    Southern: Nah. It just means your interests lie elsewhere.

    NNG: HA! Hopefully that's not too long of a book!

  1. JohnH985 says:

    I'll have to give it a try. I don't know if I'll have read much more than your count if that, I think I'm more of a genre reader.

    How's the Farmer book going?

    And yea for a new Harry Dresden book.

    I've actually been going back and re reading a mystery series by John Straley.

  1. Our lists are almost similar... There are a few books there I'd like to read as well

  1. Heck, you've got me beat, for sure. I've read 14 of them...most of those in school, oh so long ago.

  1. You've got a lot of it checked off - I've only got 16 of them, most of them children's literature. I definitely read more when I was a kid. These days I'm too busy trying to write words than read them! ;-)

  1. You, of all people - I can't believe you haven't done this meme before. Reading over that list brought back frightening memories of my college days as an English major.

  1. OOOH Some AWESOME books on that. I have read 79 of them. I HIGHLY recommend 26, 56, 62, 64, 79, 84, 91. And MUST MUST MUST read Pride and Prejudice. You know me, would I put Elizabeth and Darcy ahead of Rhett and Scarlett if they were not sublime?