Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Can you say you've read 100?

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I've been noticing this list mentioned a lot lately. And if you know me at all, you know I'm a huge lover-of-books! I read all the time. I'm not much of a television or movie person. I prefer to set the scene and the characters my own way in my mind. And books, magazines are so portable. I have at least one piece of reading material in every vehicle. I've been caught waiting on Farmer-dear too many times without something to keep me busy. Needlework gets too dirty in the farm vehicles, so I save that for at home.

Anyway--- (sorry, just blathering away there.)

The Big Read is an NEA program designed to encourage community reading initiatives. Of their top 100 books, they estimate the average adult has read only six. I'm not sure where this list came from.... I looked at their featured books and have read some of those, which are not on this list. (I added them at the bottom.)

My "have read"s are bolded and the ones I intend to read are marked with an "*". "LOVED IT" are marked with a "!!"

I have read 27 of them on the 100 list and 6 on the NPR list (there may be duplicates).

If you want to share your "Have read"s, let me know so I can check them out. I found this on Kelly's blog & Linda's blog so check theirs out as well!

Oh and what am I reading now?
I was reading "Those Who Save Us" by Jenna Blum but just couldn't finish it. It's just too dark a book for me. The only parts I liked were the descriptions of the farm setting and her father, the farmer.
Now I'm reading "High Tide At Noon" by Elisabeth Ogilvie . I've just gotten into it, but I'm liking it.

What are you reading now?


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 !!!
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell !
9 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 Traveler’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 Orwell
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 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-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
TBR's Featured Books
Bless Me, Ultima
Fahrenheit 451
My √Āntonia !!!
The Great Gatsby
A Lesson Before Dying
The Maltese Falcon
A Farewell to Arms
Sun, Stone, and Shadows
Their Eyes Were Watching God
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Wizard of Earthsea
The Call of the Wild
The Thief and the Dogs
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
The Shawl
Housekeeping *
The Grapes of Wrath
The Joy Luck Club !
The Death of Ivan Ilyich
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Age of Innocence
Old School


  1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is quite an interesting book. So was Animal Farm. My list is even smaller than yours, I'm afraid. I, too, love to read. But I also love to write, blog, watch movies and some of my favorite TV shows. Guess how much I read? LOL

    I have become a huge fan of magazines as of late.

  2. I am reading both a text book (PR, the Realities of Public Relations) and "Be the Pack Leader" by Cesar Milan. Dogs and work......hmm must be time to get back at the sewing machine.