Monday, December 6, 2010


Who makes these lists up anyway, LOL?  Here is the list.  Bold - I have read it!  Italics - I want to read or it sounds interesting.  The rest?  Who knows!

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. The Harry Potter Series- JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible - Parts here and there only
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 The Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenberger
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 The 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 - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The DaVinci 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 Inferno - Dante
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 - E.B. 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

Wow, I surprised myself!   I count 40 have reads.  Some of the want to reads are new and directly from this list.   Some I have the books but have not yet gotten around to reading, yet.  Now how about a few additions, like these!

1,  Grimm's Fairy Tales in the original version - These'll scare the pants off you!
2.  Anderson's Fairy Tales - same comment as above
3.  Any Greek Mythology - These were as good as fairy tales for me
4.  The Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
5.  Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury (this one will make you read all the books on the list)
4.  Edgar Allen Poe (do I have to elaborate?)
5.  H. P. Lovecraft (any book)
6.  Robert Heinlein (any book)
7.  Clan of the Cave Bear - Jane Auel (once you read this one, you have to read the rest)
8.  The Dark Tower Series - Stephen King (I don't like him but this series is terrific)
9.  Otherland Trilogy - Stephen Donaldson
10. Redwall - Brian Jacques (Lots of books in this series)

I could go on and on!  Guess you can tell I am a reader?

Love from Liri


  1. I'm beginning to think quilters are also quite prolific readers from what I've seen of the APQers with this list!

    Farenheit 451 was selected a few years ago as a "One Book, One Community" thing as an effort to get the college students where I work to interact with the rest of the community. Something along the lines of everyone reads a chosen book and they have book club-like discussion meetins. I never did get around to reading it, but maybe I should... (Also wondering how that's working out - they've done it a few years in a row now, so it's either working or they're persistent!)

    The Dark Tower series was awesome, but he took such a long break and then went and finished it and I didn't realize and now that you mention it, I need to go back and figure out what's next! Have you read Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King? Not scary, but an awesome read! (I'm not much for the scary stuff and still regret reading The Shining many, many years ago every time I stay in a hotel!)

    And I thought noone had even heard of Redwall but me. Hmm... It was good, but I'd forgotten about it until you mentioned it. Maybe I should hand that one down to my 12-year-old niece who loves to read?

  2. I guess I'm going to have to start The Dark Tower series. I'm not a Stephen King fan either. I don't like scary just murderers. I wonder, is there a difference? Connie204

  3. Katie, yes, I have read Eyes of the Dragon. It is a fairy tale when all is said and done. And I love fairty tales!

    Connie, The Dark Tower is like nothing Stephen King has ever written! Picture Middle Earth set in the scene of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"!


  4. Are you kidding? Redwall ROCKS!! I have all but the last one, and that's mostly due to the local bookstores being stupid about what they stock... I'm hoping to get it at Christmas.

    There are so many great books on this list. And several that I haven't gotten to yet. I tend to agree that quilters in general are probably readers. That fits my observations since joining blog-dom. I was actually a huge reader long before the quilting started.

    I can highly recommend the Harry Potter books, Sense and Sensibility, and all of the Anne of Green Gables series (and also everything else I've ever read from LM Montgomery). The Lovely Bones is a good book, but very sad and unsettling. Maybe that was because of the other books in the line up at the time... Overall, I would say that both of these lists, as far as I know, are full of pretty great reads... I think I would probably add quite a few titles, but then, most avid readers probably have their faves...