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Monday, November 22, 2010


While on Facebook today, I came across a posting and thought I would share it with you.  I love these kinds of lists related to good literature.  Having spent my entire career as a high school English teacher, I probably have read more of the classics than most readers, but I have a real void when it comes to current literature.  So, I will be focusing on reading the books that are recommended to me by friends and family as a way of rounding out my reading experiences in the future.  But this list isn't about classics and for the most part, it is rather eclectic. Still, I was surprised to see that I have read a little over half of them.  There are a few titles I would like to read and quite a few I have no intention of reading.

At the moment, I am reading two books simultaneously and hope to finish one tomorrow on my flight to see my sister in Florida.   I am loving When You are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris, an essayist for the New Yorker and heard on Public Radio International's This American Life.  I find myself in tears laughing at the quirky and unusual circumstances he finds himself in life and how he finds poignancy in the mundane.  The other book I am reading is Barbara Kingsolver's, The Laguna, that came highly recommended to me by a friend.  I've just started it and hope it is a good beach read.  

When I return to Germany in a week, I will host a book club meeting for the book The Other Hand, in the U.K., by Chris Cleve, or also known in America as Little Bee. It is an astoundingly good read and offers the reader life changing opportunities.  I would recommend it to you with glowing praises.  It is also being made into a film.

This rounds out my immediate reads.  I'm looking for the next good book.  Any suggestions?

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. 

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt. 
Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!
Also amend this with an asterix if you've seen the movie/tv version.  

NOTE: The Lion , the Witch and the Wardrobe belongs to the Chronicles of  Narnia; Hamlet belongs to Shakespeare's collected works

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling*
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 
6 The Bible
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 May 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 Travellers 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 Berniere*
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - William 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 - Gabrial 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 Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martell
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*
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 - Charles Mitchell
83 The Colour 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*(Apocalypse Now)
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*


blueviolet said...

I have that David Sedaris book on audio tape but haven't listened to it yet! I'm pretty impressed with your list, by the way! And I am happy to say that I have read far more than six of them myself!

Expats Again said...

Blue, I think you will like Sedaris's book. The list was on Facebook on a friend's post. Lots of different titles from many different genres. I hope to knock off a few more of the titles I've never read before.

honeypiehorse said...

Oh! A friend of mine just recommended the David S book.