A Literary Quest

According to the BBC, the average person has only read six of the books on the list below. I’m going to try and make it my goal to read all 100! As of now, I’ve read 43 (if I counted right, and I’m pretty sure I did), not including the individual books in a series. And really, this is way more than 100 as it includes trilogies, series, and collections!

1.Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (love the book and the 2005 Keira Knightley movie)

2. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (ties for the top spot on my all-time favorites list with HP. books all the way! Peter Jackson didn’t do them justice!)

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (love them to death!)

5. To Kill A Mockingbirg by Harper Lee

6. The Bible

7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

8. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (the movie was awful. seriously. what was with the ending?)

10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

11. Little Womenby Louisa M Alcott

12. Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (that’s way more than one book!)

15. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbitby JRR Tolkien (I’m glad he went on to write LotR, this isn’t nearly as good.)

17. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulk

18. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffegger

20. Middlemarch by George Elliot

21. Gone With the Windby Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsbyby F Scott Fitzgerald

23. Bleak House by Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxyby Douglas Adams (as you can probably tell if you know anything about this series, I love them)

26. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (it was a pretty good movie,too)

27. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

29. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (it’s actually called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

30. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

32. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

34. Emma by Jane Austen

35. Persuasion by Jane Austen

36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobeby CS Lewis (didn’t they already say the Chronicles  of Narnia?)

37. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossein

38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Berneires

39. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

40. Winnie the Poohby AA Milne (that’s actually quite a few books!)

41. Animal Farm by George Orwell

42. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (I read the other one—Angels and Demons)

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving

45. The Woman in While by Wilkie Collins

46. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery (Anne is my hero. and that’s like seven books right there!)

47. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

48. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

49. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Maybe my all-time favorite stand-alone book)

50. Atonement by Ian McEwan (good movie though! but really depressing)

51. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

52. Dune by Frank Herbert

53. Cold Comfort Farmby Stella Gibbons

54. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

55. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

56. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (though I like The Prince and the Pauper more—why isn’t there any Mark Twain on here?)

58. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon (had to read it in school after suffering through it on my own time. one of the strangest books I’ve ever read.)

60. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

62. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

63. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

64. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (tried, failed miserably after the agony of the first five pages)

65. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

66. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

67. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

68. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

69. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (though I did read Haroun and the Sea of Stories)

70. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

71. Oliver Twistby Charles Dickens

72. Dracula by Bram Stoker

73. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

74. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

75. Ulysses by James Joyce

76. The Inferno by Dante

77. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (I cannot believe this was on here! I thought I was like the only person in the universe who knew about these! They’re brilliant and way up there on my favorites list—top 5, at least. They used to be tied with HP, before LotR came along.)

78. Germinal by Emile Zola

79. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery

80. Possession by AS Byatt

81. A Christmas Carolby Charles Dickens

82. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

83. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

84. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishigurox

85. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

86. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

87. Charlotte’s Webby EB White

88. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90. The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton

91. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

92. The Little Prince by Antone De Saint-Exupery

93. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

94. Watership Down by Richard Adams

95. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

96. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

97. The Three Mustketeers by Alexandre Dumas

98. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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3 comments
  1. lilya2013 said:

    That’s just weird! Yesterday, Miranda (who you probably remember) told me she was doing the same thing!

    While I collect every Jefferson AIrplane record on vinyl….. That’s sorta sad, isn’t it?

    Hooray for you guys!

    • thefifthe said:

      i’ve heard a lot of ppl are doing some version of something like this. . .
      but i’m lamer. . . i’m going 4 all of these in a lifetime. . . : P
      i mean, i’m well above average already!
      and the jefferson airplane thing—not sadder than anything else you or I have done!
      5E
      p.s. support the nature conservancy on my blog!

  2. LHolmgren said:

    EL – that’s a very cool list! A lot more than 100 if it includes all the works by Shakespeare. Since you’re already half way there, you can probably finish the list by the end of college!

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