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message 1: by Nichole (DirrtyH) (last edited Mar 04, 2009 08:51PM) (new)

Nichole (DirrtyH) (dirtyh) I don't know how many of you have heard of or are working on this list, but I wondered if any of you wanted to talk about it with me!
I'd heard about this list a while ago, but just today decided to seriously start working on it. It's based on a book (of the same name.) You can download an excel spreadsheet to help you keep track of them here.
(There's also a group here on goodreads dedicated to this very list, but I'd rather talk about it with you guys...)

Sadly enough, I've only read 27 so far. Kind of embarrassing, considering this includes my whole life!
The spreadsheet also helps you know how long it will take you to finish the list. I'm going to have to read two a month to finish by the time I'm in my 60s... Luckily I had already picked two to read this month, just by chance...
I will be reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Anyone want to join me on the list? Perhaps it could be a "challenge"... just to see who can read the most this year or something like that...


message 2: by Kasia (new)

Kasia Nicole, the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die list is a challenge, I agree. I mean assuming that I read about 100 books a year, that would mean it would take me 10 years of intense reading to get through all of it... Insane! Plenty of those books are heavy over-intellectualized monstrosities that I personally plan to stay away from. So I'd say don't stress about the 27 books, life's short :D




message 3: by Kasia (new)

Kasia On a similar note, the BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?


message 4: by Kasia (last edited Mar 13, 2009 01:25PM) (new)

Kasia 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 Faulk
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
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 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
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 Inferno - Dante
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


message 5: by Kasia (new)

Kasia if it's more that 6 pat yourself on the back 8)


message 6: by Kasia (last edited Mar 05, 2009 04:20AM) (new)

Kasia for me the # is 34 and I'm pleased with it ^_^


ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (briansgirlkate) I've read 17 books off the list and currently reading one more. But I'm not going to try to read the list as quite honestly, I don't think I'd enjoy reading most of the books on the list.


message 8: by Kasia (new)

Kasia exactly ;D I read for fun, not b/c somebody else thinks I should...


Nichole (DirrtyH) (dirtyh) Well, I read for fun too.... ;)

It's more a matter of wanting to be a more well rounded, educated person. I love reading the paranormal romance and urban fantasy books that I'm soooo addicted to, but they're not really challenging my brain a whole lot, lol. (Although I do have a theory about the fantasy aspects involving the imagination... I won't get into it here...)
I'm not going to stress trying to read the whole list, but I thought it would be good for me to try to read one or two a month. At the very least, it's a good way to learn about new books to read. And to keep from getting burned out on the genre.

I'm going to continue posting my progress on this thread, even if no one else wants to join me. :) I don't have a particular goal in mind other than to just try and read one or two a month.

Kasia, what is that list of 100 that you posted?


message 10: by Kasia (last edited Mar 05, 2009 10:38AM) (new)

Kasia In 2003 British public voted for nations top 200 the most popular books also known as Big Reads. Here's another link.


The list posted above was derived from Big Reads for a survey done later by BBC to research reading habits. It turns out that on average out of those 100 books people'd have read 6.


message 11: by Kasia (last edited Mar 05, 2009 10:41AM) (new)

Kasia And yeah 1001 list is a good guide to picking out classics ;)


message 12: by Nichole (DirrtyH) (last edited Mar 05, 2009 11:10AM) (new)

Nichole (DirrtyH) (dirtyh) Oh, I see. Of that list, I've read about 29. (Some are the same, and some are different...)


ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (briansgirlkate) I like the idea on the BBC one that regular normal folk nominated their favorite books instead of some literary experts nominating what they think we should read.

hhhmmm, read 17 off that list as well. lol (Well, 16 plus the one I'm currently reading)


message 14: by Christel (new)

Christel (christelc) | 72 comments Let's see how many I have read over the years

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen read
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien read
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte read
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling read
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee read
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte read
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens read
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott read
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy read
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller read
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare get there one day
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien read
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger read
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell read own a first edition
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald read
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy read
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky read
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck read
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll read
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame read
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy read
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens read
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 on TBR
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne read
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown yuck
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 read
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding read
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert read
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen read
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens read
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 read
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas 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 read
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens read
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker read
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante read
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 read
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker read
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 read
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle read
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery read
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 read
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare read
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl read
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo read



UMMMM No Twain, Willa Cather,Cervantes kinda incomplete list to me



message 15: by Kasia (new)

Kasia Christel wrote: "UMMMM No Twain, Willa Cather,Cervantes kinda incomplete list to me"

Cocky, LOL, of course it's incomplete, any list is going to be incomplete ;)

42 Chisel, that's how many I've counted on your list. That's helluva loe. Nice.




message 16: by new_user (new)

new_user I would agree that I don't plan to read any list that someone else has set down, but I do think that certain classics are worth reading for the social commentary present, so I am genuinely interested in them for that reason, rather than because it's generally accepted that "these are great works." (In fact I would probably disagree with or discount the value of some books on the list.)

The reason that many of them are relevant is because they are more analytical or critical than most people observing their own society, so I do think that many people should read these because, I'll be frank, most people'll never see or think on the issues/ideas otherwise. That's why they're valuable, other than that they may offer a picture of bygone society, or society as it's changed (or hasn't) and the way form has changed (which shouldn't be on a list, imo, you can learn that in a course just as effectively).

That said, Nichole, I wouldn't mind reading with you, depending on the books.


message 17: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (last edited Mar 17, 2009 05:58PM) (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments Hmmm...I counted 39 books I've read out of that list. I guess, I didn't even make it to half.

Oh, well, once in a while I would read a serious book, but for now, I'm enjoying my "fluffy" books far too much, to go back to do some serious reading..LOL


message 18: by Annie (new)

Annie (themadnessofhamsters) How did I do? Pretty bad, even without looking at the list! I don't read classics, and almost never read the 'must-read' books! So, 33 from me.

2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. The Bible [bits of it...:]
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare [well, not complete, but a hell of a lot! Years os studying ol'Will at university will do that to a person:]
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger [on my list for the March challenge![
25. Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding [enough of it to write & essay and pass that bit of the curriculum!:]
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
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 [every Sherlock Holmes, really:]
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl


message 19: by Kasia (last edited Mar 18, 2009 12:41PM) (new)

Kasia Guys I don't think those are low numbers: 17, 29, 33, 34, 39, 42... Need to remember that the average # is 6 - that puts thing in perspective. Chins up and smile!


message 20: by tosca (new)

tosca (catatonichataholic) | 742 comments I went and downloaded the list and discovered I'd read 171. Saw a lot of the other titles and figured if I feel prompted I would pick some at random to try. Maybe in between reading for fun I'd half-heartedly try the list. If I can't get past the first chapter in the book I'm going to leave it at that. My life is to short to read more than 500 possibly bad books LOL


message 21: by colleen (new)

colleen (colleenfl) | 458 comments Nichole wrote: "I don't know how many of you have heard of or are working on this list, but I wondered if any of you wanted to talk about it with me!
I'd heard about this list a while ago, but just today decided ..."


Are you still working on this, Nichole? My goal this year is to read 75 off the list. So far I'm at 34. The last one I read is Fury by Salman Rushdie. I didn't like it, but you can't like them all.


DarkHeart "Vehngeance" (darkheart) Hmm... I've got 26 off that list (and I own several others that I have yet to read) and 40 off of The Big Read list (who knew my love of Terry Pratchett would pay off?). I imagine that having a goal of 50% of each list is realistic. We shall see though...


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