Wednesday, May 30, 2012

100 books

This is a sort of Facebook game I saw some time ago. I should be smug and all, having read 35 out of 100, but I'm a bit disappointed with myself. Yup, you should be reading more, says my alter ego.

The list is a bit anomalous though, listing Complete Works of Shakespeare in # 14, but Hamlet appears in #98. Same with #33 and #36. It is also very Brit, with very few smatterings of Asian and African authors, and no Greeks-without-surnames. Perhaps because it's from BBC?
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Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt. Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!

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 -- I've only read Romeo & Juliet, Othello, and As You Like It
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 
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
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
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  
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meany - 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 Zifon
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 - 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 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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My failed project as a college freshman is haunting me! [As a freshie, I vowed to read every Shakespeare, Dickens, Bronte sisters, and Austen. I failed, because I encountered more interesting authors like Mishima, Woolf, Fitzgerald, Garcia Marquez, and Russian guys whose names I can't remember.]

Hmm. There is definitely a lot to do upon retirement. :p



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