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Stolen from Claire...

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ.



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 - (Well, some of it... and why is it at number 6?!)

7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (I reaaaally want to get round to reading these. Haven't seen the film yet, don't want to.)

10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (In year 6. Year 6!!! Yawn.)
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott Major

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 (Also in year 6... it bored me.)
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 (I actually re-read this really recently. I was in my uni library and didn't want to revise, so I picked this up instead. Ha.)
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (A childhood favourite. I want to re-read them all again actually.)
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 (Reaaaally want to read this.)
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (YAY for Winnie the Pooh, especially Eeyore.)
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (Not as amazing as everyone made it out to be.)
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Now I want to read it in Spanish...)

44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery Another major love. Read all the ones that followed it.
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy - Bit of it, I hate Hardy. So much.
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding (I've seen it performed many times, but should really read it.)
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 (Awesome book. READ IT. Have the original Spanish text in my room, I want to read it in Spanish now - made even better by the fact that it's set in Barcelona and I now know that city very well.)
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 (There's a character called Siobhan in it, therefore I have to love it.)
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 (As a huge vampire fan, I really ought to have read this by now.
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 - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (I started reading it this year but couldn't get into it - and also had an Anne Rice book I wanted to read more... would like to try again.)
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 (I absolutely LOVED these as a kid!)
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 (My absolute favourite Shakespeare play, I'm totally in love with Hamlet. No not Mel Gibson, and not Kenneth Branagh, just the character himself.)
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


Well I guess my favourite books say a lot about me. I'm a big kid, and I like Spanish (quite lucky really, considering that was my degree...).
And I need to read more.

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