Dec 2, 2009

100 books to read before you die

I found this list through the lovely Jessica from A BookLover's Diary. It looked like a fun middle of the week activity, so I thought I'd see how well I did with the list. I've bolded the ones I've read.

1. Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (still working on this one!)

2. Harper Lee - To Kill A Mockingbird

3. JRR Tolkien – Lord Of The Rings

4. Jodi Picoult – My Sister’s Keeper

5. Stephanie Meyer - Twilight Saga (I've read the first one - and that's it!)

6. JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone

7. Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife

8. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief (reading this now!)

9. George Orwell - 1984

10. Raymond E. Feist – Magician

11. Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns

12. Paullina Simons – Bronze Horsemen

13. Gregory David Roberts – Shantaram

14. Margaret Mitchell – Gone With The Wind

15. Bryce Courtenay – Power of One

16. Dan Brown – The Da Vinci Code

17. Dan Brown – Angels & Demons

18. Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist

19. Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre

20. Tim Winton – Cloud Street

21. Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner

22. Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights

23. Arthur Golden – Memoirs of Geisha

24. LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables

25. Joseph Heller – Catch-22

26. Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat Pray Love

27. Niv Mass Market Bible With Bible Guide – International Bible Society Staff and International Bible Society

28. JRR Tolkien - The Hobbit

29. Yann Martel – Life of Pi

30. AB Facey – Fortunate Life

31.Douglas Adams - The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy

32. Lewis Carroll - Alice In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass

33. Diana Gabaldon – Cross Stich

34. Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance

35. David Pelzar - A Child Called It

36. Li Cunxin – Mao’s Last Dancer

37. John Marsden – Tomorrow, When The War Began

38. Frank McCourt - Angela's Ashes

39. Frank Herbert – Dune

40. JD Salinger – Catcher In The Rye

41. F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

42. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years Of Solitude

43. Bryce Courtenay – April Fool’s Day

44. Ken Follet – Pillars Of The Earth

45. Patrick Suskind – Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer

46. Matthew Reilly – Ice Station

47. Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow Of The Wind

48. Stephen Hawking – A Brief History Of Time

49. Christopher Paolini - Eragon

50. Louisa May Alcott - Little Women

51. Mitch Albom – Tuesdays With Morrie

52. Jane Austen - Persuasion

53. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

54. Ian McEwan – Atonement

55. Leo Tolstory – Anna Karenina

56. George Orwell - Animal Farm

57. Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange

58. Antoine de Saint ExupĂ©ry – The Little Prince

59. Roald Dahl – Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

60. CS Lewis - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

61. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Love In The Time Of Cholera

62. Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything

63. Fyodor Dostoevsky – Crime And Punishment

64. Anthony Bourke – Lion Called Christian

65. Arundhati Roy – The God Of Small Things

66. Paullina Simons – Tully

67. John Grisham - A Time To Kill

68. John Grogan – Marley & Me

69. Vikram Seth – A Suitable Boy

70. Alexandre Dumas – The Count Of Monte Cristo

71. Neil Gaiman – American Gods

72. Cormac McCarthy - The Road

73. Aldous Huxley - Brave New World

74. Brendan Shanahan – In Turkey I Am Beautiful: Between Chaos And Madness In A Strange Land

75. Tim Winton – Breath

76. Bryce Courtenay – Jessica

77. Graeme Base – Animalia

78. Donna Tartt – The Secret History

79. Mario Puzo – The Godfather

80. Anne Rice - Interview With The Vampire

81. Steig Larrson – The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo

82. Stephen King – Stand

83. Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’ Diary

84. Eckhart Tolle – New Earth

85. Matthew Reilly – Seven Ancient Wonders

86. Jung Chang – Wild Swans

87. Nicholas Sparks - The Notebook

88. Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho

89. David Eddings – Belgariad Vol. 1: Pawn Of Prophecy; Queen Of Sorcery; Magician’s Gambit

90. Louis De Bernieres – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

91. Melina Marchetta – Looking For Alibrandi

92. Celia Ahern – PS I Love You

93. John Irving – A Prayer For Owen Meany

94. Colleen McCullough – The Thorn Birds

95. John Kennedy Toole – A Confederacy Of Dunces

96. Terry Pratchett – Good Omens

97. Hunter S. Thompson – Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas

98. Joanne Harris – Chocolat

99. William Goldman - Princess Bride

100. Charles Dickens - Great Expectations

Wow, I've only read 23! How did you do? Any of you super readers and ready to show me up with your numbers in the comments?

9 comments:

Darcie said...

I've read 22 of these. 5 of these books were part of a series and I've read all of the books in the series, as well as the book listed. I have also 14 books in common with you!

So which one is your favorite?

Shaina said...

I am proud to say that I've read 40 of those books! But I still have so many on my list....sigh.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

WOW! You're doing pretty good, I don't think that I would have nearly that many books bolded. I actually tend to re-read books a lot!

pinkflipflops said...

I have read 22 books on that list, but I read all the Twilight books and the entire Harry Potter Series.. :) Some of them are on my to-read list but others I have no desire to read. I actually came across a 1001 books to read and have it saved in a word document and attempt to get one of those from the library everytime, in my attempts to be "well read."

Gracie said...

Funny, I've read the older/more classic ones but not the new ones. Maybe I should go to a fresher library.

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Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I've read 33. Decent but I have a ways to go! I need to save this - I love book lists like this!!

lucythevaliant said...

I've read twenty of these!

Rose Hill said...

So it's sad how many of these books are sitting on my shelf...haven't been read but I own over half this list!

I also think it's funny that Diana Gabaldon's Outlander is listed as Cross Stitch...that's the British title I think...or the first title it went under.

Some of these seem like weird choices to me as well...things I've never hear of and kids book like Animalia...

Emily Jane said...

Wow!! I love so many of these, and I'm glad Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are both on there :) (the former is coming to my city in nine days!! SO excited!!)

Looking forward to reading your blog - I found you through the lovely Lisa, looks like a good one :)

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