Sunday, November 21, 2010


On Saturday, The Vinyl Villager posted this list of titles on his Facebook page.  The point was to see how many you have read.  I had read 35 (on second count, more like 42) - but many were back in high school and I couldn't tell you the first thing about them today.

I have always loved to read.  I remember as a kid I would visit the library at least twice a week, checking out a stack of books each time.  However as time passes, I find that I read less and less.  My main excuse is our life on the road.  When you travel like we do, you learn to live light.  And books are heavy.  Libraries are not available to me because I can't get a library card since I am not a 'resident'.

So reading has just disappeared from my world.  And I miss it.

I finally had a flash of brilliance.  Something that will work perfectly for my life.  I am going to get a Kindle!  Why have I not thought of this before now?!?

So how many books on the list have you read?  The ones that I have read in their entirety are in bold.  The ones that I started and did not finish or have only read parts of are in italics.

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
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
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 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 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 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
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 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 - 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


Clippy Mat said...

Hi Woody: that's a great list. I'm going to print it off because some I've read and forgotten and some I would like to read. A kindle is perfect for the likes of you, I thought that as I started to read your list. I like audio books on my ipod too. I think the Good Earth by Pearl S Buck should be on there too. :-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I recognize lots of those --but can't remember much about them. I have NEVER been an avid reader --even when I was young. I read what I had to read to get through my classes... These days, I only read things that interest me, like bird magazines or magazines on health issues, etc... I'm a visual person --and don't even like to read the directions!!!!! ha

Have a great day.

Lori said...

Oh how I've loved to read too...some on your list here..ever since my head injury I have struggled with reading...the comprehension mostly it's story books with the kids for me these days, other then the blogs I's why I have to make notes for myself constantly or I would forget what I am suppose to be doing. :) I think a kindle is an awesome idea for you...everyone I know that has one loves it! Happy reading to you dear friend. Happy Sunday to you and yours!

Travel Girl said...

Thanks for posting the list. There are many that I have not yet read. I like to read when I go to bed. Unfortunately, I usually don't make it very far before I nod off. It takes me a long time to finish a book.

Desert Survivor said...

You've read more books than me. I don't think it will take you that long to get through the rest, especially if you have a fun new device to read them on!

Mental P Mama said...

I was 34. I loved this list;)

TheVinylVillager said...

I had read 20-something of them. I think a Kindle is a great idea. They are perfect for travelers!