Last July, I posted this list of 100 books and marked ones I've read, partially read, or plan on reading. Because I've been trying to read more lately, and I'm just such a bookworm, I decided I'd post it again to see how the list has changed since then. This time, with new editorializing!

1) Bold what you have read
2) Put in italics what you have started to read
3) Put an asterisk next to what you intend to read

**1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (Ok, so I've pretty much abandoned my 25 before 25 list, but I'm working on a 100 in 100 [weeks] list, so maybe I'll put it on that)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (still have no desire to read this)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (I want to re-read them SO BADLY but I must control myself until I've read all these other books I want to read)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (I had marked this as read, but my new rule is that if I have no recollection of the actual story, I'll demote it to partially read)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
**9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
**10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (again, no recollection, I just know I read it)
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 (I've decided I might give this another go)
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
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 (this is on my list of classics to read as soon as I finish the Oz series)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (I kind of remember the general storyline of each book, but I'll reread them soon)
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen (this has to be one of the most boring books ever, though the last few chapters were suddenly captivating, what's up with that?!)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (I'm still unsure of why this is listed if Chronicles of Narnia is already listed...)
**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 (I do need to re-read this asap though because my memory of it is slipping)
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - 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 (I read it in high school but didn't like it, so I don't remember it AT ALL, but unlike the others, I will not be re-reading this)
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 (I'm reading this now and should be done in a few days)
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 (I can't wait to see this movie!)
**65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (my memory of this is so gone, that I'm just marking it as need to read)
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
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (this is just SO CUTE!)
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 (again, why is this listed individually?)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
**100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So my total went from 20 to 16 read now that I've demoted the books I can't remember. But I've got 21 in italics and I'll actually be re-reading some of those at some point in the (hopefully) near future. I think the lesson we can learn from this is: finish what you start. I've been trying to finish unfinishable books lately (which is why it took me damn near four months to read Persuasion), and I'm often pleasantly surprised once I get to the end.

I don't get why some books are so popular though. So far I've been unimpressed by Jane Austen. Most sci-fi type classics are utterly boring to me -- though, 2001: A Space Odyssey is one I can totally get behind.

Ok, promise this won't become a book blog, just wanted to have some bookwormy fun. I actually have a couple of posts I'm working on for later this week, so look out for those. In the meantime, feel free to partake in the bookworm meme. =)

2 comments:

At Thu Nov 05, 08:06:00 PM Charlotte said...

Ooh. The Woman in White is really good, actually. It's quite a page turner. Great Expectations is pretty good, too.

 
At Sat Nov 07, 11:27:00 AM frau sally benz said...

Oh, are they? I always like recommendations. Keep them coming, people!

 

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