Saturday, April 14, 2007

Top 100 Books

Evidently these are the top 100 books as voted by the public. I'm all about wasting time today, so here goes. Books I've read are in yellow. Books I've never read are in regular print. My comments in brackets.
1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) [I read this for the first time in 6th grade and I think I read it once a year through high school. Haven't touched it since]
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
[I know, outrageous . . . I guess I'm just not a Lord of the Rings kinda gal. I haven't even seen the movies and I believe we even own them!]
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) [I was a huge Anne fan in late grade school.]
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) [Not yet, it's on my pile to read]
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) [Though I did see the movie!]
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Rowling) [Of course! Love the series, though I am a little behind]
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) [I know, shocking I haven't read this, or any of his other stuff. Haven't seen the movies either . . .]
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) [Definitely a haunting story, but I liked it]
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) [I just love his stuff]
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) [I love all NS books even though I usually cry]
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) [This is the next series I want to start]
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible [Well, not in it's entirety, but at least I've made an effort]
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt) [This book always reminds me of my friend Gilja who loves depressing stories]
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She's Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller's Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davies)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) [I saw a stage version, does that count?]
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones' Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell) [Never even saw the movie]
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) [I did see this movie . . .]
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) [One of my favorites from elementary school]
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving) [I read this in elementary school too. Yes, I was a weird kid]
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard's First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams) [This is one of the rare books that I have honestly hated and I only read it because I had to in 8th grade]
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) [I can't wait to read more by her]
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) [I tried to read this. I failed. Love the movie, though. Or is it just that I love Matt Damon?]
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) [Yet another favorite from elementary school]
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch) [Was this a movie?]
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

For those keeping track, I think I counted 41 that I have read. Since high school I have read mostly brain candy, and that's OK with me! It means that I always read something that interests me and is fun for me. So how about posting a comment giving me your thoughts on something you have read?

1 comment:

  1. Where the heck is Janet Evanovich in all of this??? Hmph! If you're gonna start reading the series...43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) [This is the next series I want to start]
    Might I suggest "Retail Therapy - Life Lessons learned while Shopping (Amanda Ford). Can't say I've read through, but the last time I was by poolside I was enjoying the book.