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The Big Read

Taken from Julie’s blog who originally took it from Janine’s Blog: The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. Well let’s see. 1)Look at the list and bold those you have read. 2) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve only read 6 and force books upon them.

01. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
02. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
03. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
04. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
05. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
06. The Bible
07. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
08. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
09. 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
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 Orwel
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – 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 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
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. The 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 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
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-Exupéry
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

28 of the Top 100 read by me. There’ a few on that list that makes me realise I have a lot more reading to do. There are some books on that list that I don’t know what they are doing – best books of all time? I think not in some cases. Luckily I have read more books that I would consider ahead of some of these….. I’ve read a lot of Shakespeare – just not the ones on the list LOL Then there is Wild Swan (I think that is the title… the chinese tale from 3 generations). 100 Secret Senses by Amy Tan, Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester, various Biggles stories from WE Johns, Famous Five – all of them 🙂 , Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Greene, Anne Franks Diary, the rest of the Dark Materials trilogy, both main trilogies from Raymond Feist (Sarkness at Sethanon ets), ummm… lots of those Girls Own collections – some Boys Own ones too, a couple of other Neville Shute ones that titles elude me, Barbara Erskine, Tom Clancy, Andy McNab…. oh thankfully my list goes on and on and on.

Reading was a passion of mine from a very early age. I remember at one point my mum asked family NOT to get be books as presents because I would start on them the moment I unwrapped them and would not move until it was finished. Her fear was that I would never move again I think!!

I realise that I don’t read as much for pleasure as I would love. There is nothing better than getting lost in the world you enter as you turn each page. I love that Mr 7 seems to have that itch to read as well. I just hope the distractions of modern life won’t have him choosing those more than reading. I can’t ever imagine asking NOT to give books so that won’t be an issue in this household. Besides, he moves way more than I probably ever did to begin with! LOL

Actually just going through this list makes me realise how much I enjoyed some of those books – thanks, Julie, for doing this. I now want to drop everything and set about reading the others on that list that I’ve been meaning to!

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4 thoughts on “The Big Read

  1. Reading rocks and this is only one list, I don’t think it counts personally as long as we read something. My main thing is that children enjoy reading as it can open up so many worlds to them.

  2. heh not having read them doesnt make you a dunce- just means you were likely more popular at school than Me or by the sounds of it Kelly – I used to get my school bag searched and all books removed before class 😦 cos if i had a book then by god i would read it! still love reading but tend to stick with a few fave authors – like Janet Evanovich numbers series- and I have the new Fearless Fourteen !!! it makes me cringe that i pay $30 for a book and its finished within hours!

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