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04 December 2013 @ 01:38 pm
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I have seen a ton of people doing this Book Meme on LJ and on tumblr and I have been wanting to join in for awhile, so... I've always been a huge reader and I actually still have a list of "books to read" that I got in high school from my freshman Honor's English teacher that I have been steadily working my way through. Anyways, not a lot of * on this list because I find it extremely difficult to leave a book unfinished, even if I don't like it that much...But there were actually several book son this list that I have never even heard of!

I used to read at least a book a week in high school, but when I got to college, that number dropped dramatically. If I had time to read, I was reading textbooks. And then I discovered the wonderful world of fanfiction my senior year of college, and that became my funtime reading, because it was so much easier and quicker to read short sexy stories than a classic novel (despite the fact that several of the fanfics I've read are novel-length). I graduated this last June though, and I think it is time that I get back into reading. Fan-fiction is awesome and some of it is so so well-written, but this list has made me miss some of the subtitles of the classics :)


1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you love.
4) * Star those you've started and have not and will not finish. *
5) Strike through what you consider a complete waste of paper & time.

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: I've read maybe 3 plays...but I have a book of his complete works that I plan on reading....eventually
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 **all-time favorite book**
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoi
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fedor Dostojevski
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck:
I thought this book was super boring....BUT one of my all-time favorite passages is in this book, so I love it for that
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: It is on my shelf just waiting to be read
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis I've read all of the Narnia books.
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: I'm fairly sure I read this as a kid....maybe?
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The plan is to read this is the original Spanish...we shall see if I can commit to that
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: Okay, I actually was just looking at this book this week, I def started it but I have no clue if I actually finished it
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: One of 2 Jane Austen classics I haven't read yet, but it is on my shelf!
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon: I've heard from several friends that this is amazing
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: I watched the movie first, and thought everybody seemed so horrible, and then I read the book a few years later and it was so amazing.
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

Tally (Assuming I counted correctly)....
I have read 55 of these books. I have 11 books that are waiting to be read. I haven't read and don't plan on reading 34 of these poor books anytime soon. And 11 of them are some of my favorites!


That was fun! :)
 
 
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