Books and lists. Two things I love.

I am not exactly sure what this list is, but it has something to do with the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program, though I couldn’t find this list on their website to verify that claim. I stole it from CJ. Apparently the NEA estimates that the average adult has only read six of these books. At least, that is the statistic that is bandied about the internet. So, basically, this is a random unverified list with a random unverified statistic attached to it. But let’s see how I do anyway, shall we? (Hint: more than six.)

Here’s how it works:

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

Oh, yeah, I am not so much for making things red. So we are ignoring that rule. But feel free to use it if you’d like.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – My favorite book.
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien – In my top ten.
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – I don’t love the Brontes like I love my Jane.
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling – You guys don’t need to hear me talk about this any more.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – I want to read this again by the end of this year.
6 The Bible – I haven’t read all of it, I admit.
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – Hated it. Too overwrought.
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman – I haven’t read all of them, but I have read The Golden Compass
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – I believe this was the first Dickens I read.

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas HardyA Prayer for Owen Meany makes me want to read this one
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – I have no plans to read the complete works, no.
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – I haven’t read it since high school.
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger -Why is this book on this list? The modern novels on this list are . . . interesting.
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot – Checked it out one time, never got around to reading it.

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell – I read this in middle school, believe it or not.
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens – I am happy with the Dickens I have read, and have no desire to read more.
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy – I want to do all those big fat Russian novels someday.
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – I like this book, but, again, why?
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh – A few years ago. Can’t wait to see the movie.
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck – Haven’t read it, don’t plan on it.
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – But I want to reread it. I read it in 8th grade. NERD.
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen – I would like to revisit this one now that I am older.
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis – Why is this on here if the Chronicles are also on here?
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 – I went through a Wilkie Collins phase.
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy – I have read some Hardy. The Mayor of Casterbridge. This guy I was dating loved that book, so I read it. Why isn’t that one on the list?
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding – Somehow I never did this one in school.
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan – My favorite book from last year.

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons – I am not sure if I have read this one. I might actually have read it.
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
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 – I don’t know how I got through school without reading this. But I’m not going to do it now.
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt – I will probably read this soon, actually. It’s been on my list for a while.
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold – Seriously?
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac – Started it, hated it.
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 – Brian kept telling me to read this. I might someday.
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 – This year, actually. I finally read it.
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray – I have started it a few times. Maybe I should watch the movie first, to get me ready.
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 – I don’t even know what that IS.

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 – I tried one time. But maybe one day.

Looks like a total of 50. Not bad. (I love lists like this, because I love marking things off lists. hehehe.)

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