Sunday, September 28, 2008

Stolen from Captain Dumbass

I actually did this already but forgot what I did with it.

Eh, 29 out of a 100. But, I got time still. I’ll get to ‘em.

"The Big Read is a USA National Endowment for the Arts program designed to encourage community reading initiatives and of their top 100 books, they estimate the average adult has read only six.

1. Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2. Italicize those you intend to read.
3. Underline (or color) the books you LOVE .Share this list in your blog, too, if you like.”

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 (the first book to introduce me to the injustices of the world)
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 (hated)
11 Little Women - Louisa M 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 Traveler’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 (still to this day, one of my favorite books EVER)
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 have read these at least 3 times each, some of them 6 times)
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (ummmm...this is included in #33)
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
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 (this is what made me want to be a boy...for like a month, then I got a boyfriend and quickly decided I liked being a girl much better)
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 (hated)
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 (hated)
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 (hated)
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 (hated)
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


16 really cool people who give a rat's patootie:

Mama Dawg

Can you tell I hate Dickens? With a passion.

Middle Aged Woman

Holy crap! How can you hate Charlotte's Web? I am totally never going to sleep with you now.

Mama Dawg

Ok, I take it back. I LOVED Charlotte's Web.

Now, can you go back to wanting to sleep with me? I need to get more notches on my bedpost. There's simply not enough on there. Try as I may.


Oh, I am so stealing this. Cause you know I looooove to do posts about books. There are so many on that list that are currenlty on my list for the 888 challenge. And on that you have in italics - Donna Tartt's "The Secret History" is one of my favorites - go read it!

Captain Dumbass

Ok, I was going to leave a warning about the whole Charlotte's Web thing but Supreme Leader forced me away from the computer. Too late now.

Um... back to that sleeping with you thing... I think I missed something.

Mama Dawg

Yeah, you missed it. Too bad. MAW has laid claim (pun intended) to me. You're behind the eight ball once again.


It's a good thing you stole this from Captain Dumbass. I hear anything he gives you will take two weeks to clear up with some strong antibiotics. Boo-ya!

I don't know what came over me.


I love these lists...but sheesh, it makes me want to go to the Bookstore and buy more books...

You're an enabler! Trying to further my addiction.

Captain Dumbass

I'm reeling from that one. Ouch!

Time for my ointment.

Mama Dawg

Oh, man, you two need to keep your dirty talk off my damn family-themed blog. For reals.


Sorry, Mama Dawg. I'll consider my hands slapped.


I, too, stole this from Captain Dumbass. And I've never commented here before, so I won't get involved in the whole "Charlotte's Web" kerfuffle.

I don't blame you for your hatred of Dickens. He's not the most uplifting fellow.

However, you must read The Time Traveler's Wife. It's so good. Promise.


Not to denigrate your accomplishment, but I totally have you beat. So that means I get the prize, and all the laaaaaadies. Cause you know they always love the readers.

I'll be "bathing the squirrel" aaaalll day loooooong, baby.

Aside from all that, why would Lord of the Flies make you want to be a boy??? It should make you not even want to be human, given what we've all got lurking right under the surface.

But certainly, the all-girl's community would have put no one in danger of being murdered, though the suicide rate might be staggering.

Mama Dawg

You guys (jen and Captain) know I was just joking right?


I too loved Lord of the Flies when I read it in 10th grade. At the time, I remember thinking, "finally....some reality in one of these books!" God, how I hated the pecking order.


Does it count if I've seen the movie?? tee hee. But, this is cool, I've actually read a lot of those! (And found some I Want to read)

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