Sunday, September 28, 2008

Book Love

"The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts program designed to encourage community reading initiatives and of their top 100 books, they estimate the average adult has read only six."

Here’s what you are supposed to do:
*Look at the list and bold those we have read.
*Italicize those we intend to read.
*Star the books we LOVE.

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

I know I've got some crazy reader friends out many have you read??


Jeni said...

Man, you are doing good. I would be doing much better if I could count the movies.

Emily N. said...

I am definitely putting this on my blog this week! Where did you get the info?

Ange said...

Awesome list. I know England has been doing The Big Read for several years. I'm glad you posted this. I've got 38 checked off the list, and many of them different than yours. I look forward to reading my way down the list. Thanks for sharing!

Our Complete Family said...

I agree with Jeni on this one & am in the same boat she is~ funny!!! I read a ton of those in high school in England, but don't read as much now as I should. I'm going to blame it on the computer time ;) I won't even tell you the book I just read. It didn't make this list but it sure was a fun read!!! Happy Monday hun! Hope it's a FAB week ahead for you and your adorable fam~ Les

April said...

Awesome list! I can't believe you've never read some of those though. I seriously NEVER thought I'd read a book that you haven't read Mrs. Reader!


Camie said...

That was to fun to read through. It put into perspective how long my "To read" list really is.

Who needs sleep? said...

If you took my list and added your list, we would have almost read all these books.

Eloise said...

I really like this, Amber, and plan to include it on my blog soon. I've read 46 (I think, I forgot how many I'd counted when I started to type this! I remember it was approaching half).

Amy said...

This makes me so excited to read! I've read a ton of them, but there were some I hadn't thought of in a long time that I really want to get to. I love that your such a book nut!

MooreInterest said...

OK--so I have been way behind on your guys! You have seriously been busy. Like "long runs"(something I know too much about), Crafting, reading, decorating, are an amazing woman! Thanks for checking/commenting on my blog! It's nice to know someone's out there! Love ya.

Kyndra said...

So I noticed that you didn't italicize or star The Bible :-) This is quite an amazing list, and you have read a lot more than I have. One that I have read and often recommend to people for an amusing read is A Confederacy of Dunces. It's an unusual choice but so fabulous. I would have starred Pride and Pejudice a million times over personally.

Sydney said...

I love this list and this idea! I'm going to post it on my blog later this week... stay tuned!