100 books somebody thinks everybody should read.

Apparently the BBC claims most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books listed here. Gotta love how incredibly white and euro-centric the list is. just like human civilization began with the greeks, right? oh well…i’m still interested in perusing what’s listed…so I’ve read 51 of the books herein listed, and there are SEVERAL that I will never ever read again – they are just dumb.  Most of the rest of the list I just have no interest in reading at all…after all, just because it’s a “classic” doesn’t mean I have to be interested, like it, or generally think it’s worth my time in the SLIGHTEST.  I’ve also posted scathing commentary on Sarah’s profile on FB, since I got the list from her…I’m just feeling feisty and contrary today, though.  Actually, I’m going to start a list of 100 books I think everybody should read right now.  If I ever finish it, I’ll put it up.

Instructions:

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. 2) Tally your total at the bottom. 2) Put in a note with your total in the subject

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – X

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien – X

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – X

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling X

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee x

6 The Bible – X (when I was little, I’m pretty sure that I have read the whole thing at SOME point…)

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – X

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 -X

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller – X

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien – X

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger x

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – X

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot – X

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell x

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 – X

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck – X

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – X

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis – X

34 Emma – Jane Austen – X

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini X

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden – X

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne X

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell -X

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown x

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – X

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving x

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery – X

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood – X

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding – X

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan – X

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel – X

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – X

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth – X

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley – X

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – X

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck X

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov – X

63 The Secret History – Donna Tart

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold – X

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac – X

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding x

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie – X

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – X

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson 

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath – X

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 Mitchell X

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker – X 

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 

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupéry – X (only in English)

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

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare 

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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4 Responses to “100 books somebody thinks everybody should read.”

  1. I agree with the Euro-centric comment. It’s so very, and sadly, true. But I do love some of the books on that list. It made me smile to see Rebecca is on it…one of my absolute favorites that no one ever seems to know about.

  2. Rebecca is a book that I just read about 2 months ago. At first I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it but what a great novel. It definitely deserved to be on the list. I feel like I see stuff about Rebecca all the time now – when I picked it up originally I had only heard a few comments about it, and they were pretty rare. Good list overall, some of them I find pretty questionable but I guess that is how all lists are… -freelanceallison.wordpress.com

  3. We should make our own list – with a better eye to global good books.

  4. k – I’m working on a list 🙂 we can share it!!! i’m actually very excited about my list. (te-he!)

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