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message 1: by Tina ❣ (last edited Jul 24, 2020 05:53PM) (new)

Tina ❣ (nutrinut) | 5 comments Top 50 Books

Will Read
1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
2 1984 by George Orwell
✔3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
✔5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
7 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
9 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
10 Hamlet by William Shakespeare
✔12 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
✔13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
14 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
✔16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
20 Ulysses by James Joyce
22 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
23 Money by Martin Amis
✔24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
25 Moby Dick by Herman Melville
27 His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
28 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
29 Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
✔31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
32 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
✔36 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
✔37 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
38 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
39 The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
40 Man without Women by Ernest Hemingway
41 Gulliver´s Travels by Jonathan Swift
42 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
43 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
45 One Flew Over the Cuckoo´s Nest by Ken Kesey
46 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
47 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
48 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
49 The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
50 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Might or Will Not Read
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Top 100 Books

Will Read/Have Read
1 We Need to Talk About Kevin. - Lionel Shriver <-Need to look up
2 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. - Betty Smith <-Need to look up
3 Mossflower. - Brian Jacques <-Need to look up
4 The New Jim Crowe Laws. - Michelle Alexander <-Need to look up
5 A Thousand Splendid Suns. - Khaled Hosseini
6 Little Women. - Louisa May Alcott
7 Middlemarch. - George Elliot <-Need to look up
8 The Discworld Series. - Terry Pratchett <-Need to look up
9 The Collected Works. - EE Cummings
10 The Thirteenth Tale. - Dianne Setterfield <-Need to look up
11 The Book Thief. - Markus Zusak
✔12 I am the Messenger. - Markus Zusak
13 A Bell for Adano. - John Hersey <-Need to look up
14 East of Eden. - John Steinbeck <-Need to look up
15 Of Mice and Men. - John Steinbeck
16 A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
17 The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein <-Need to look up
18 Tess of the D'urbavilles - Thomas Hardy
✔19 The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. - Jonas Jonasson
20 Crime and Punishment. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
✔21 The Alchemist. - Paulo Coelho
22 The Shining. - Steven King
23 The Shack - W Young <-Need to look up
24 The Last Man - Mary Shelly <-Need to look up
25 Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov <-Need to look up
26 My First White Friend - Patricia Raybon <-Need to look up
27 Persuasion. - Jane Austin
28 The Fault in Our Stars. - John Green
29 Very Bad Men - Harry Dolan <-Need to look up
30 Fahrenheit 451. - Ray Bradbury
31 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
32 Watership Down - Richard Adams
✔33 Night - Elie Wiesel
34 Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
35 The Stand - Stephen King
36 A Tale of Two Cities. - Charles Dickens
37 Great Expectations. - Charles Dickens
38 Fight Club. - Chuck Palahniuk
39 The Old Man and the Sea. - Ernest Hemingway
40 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
41 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy............Currently Listening to on Audiobook
42 Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand <-Need to look up
43 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte <-Need to look up
44 The Time Traveler's Wife. - Audrey Niffeneger
45 Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Jack Finney <-Need to look up
46 The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K le Guin
47 The Hyperion Series - Dan Simmons <-Need to look up
48 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A Heinlein <-Need to look up
49 Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A Heinlein <-Need to look up
50 Ender's Game. - Orson Scott Card <-Need to look up
51 The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
52 Descartes Bones - Russell Shorto
✔53 The Kite Runner. - Khaled Hosseini
53 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers <-Need to look up
55 A Separate Peace - John Knowles <-Need to look up
56 The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
57 Looking for Alaska. - John Green
58 12 Years A Slave. - Solomon Northup
59 Dove - Robin Lee Graham <-Need to look up
60 Revolutionary Road. - Richard Yates <-Need to look up
61 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. - Muriel Spark <-Need to look up
62 Tender is the Night - F Scott Fitzgerald
63 The Power of One - Bryce Courtney
64 A Testament of Youth - Vera Britain <-Need to look up
65 Burr - Gore Vidal <-Need to look up
66 The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down - Anne Faddiman <-Need to look up
67 Pet Cemetary - Stephen King
68 Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
69 American Psycho - Brett Easton Ellis
70 Human Comedy - William Saroyan <-Need to look up
71 Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson <-Need to look up
72 The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway <-Need to look up
73 The discovery of heaven - Harry Mulisch <-Need to look up
74 The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - Rita Leganski <-Need to look up
✔75 My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
76 Emma. - Jane Austin
77 Of Human Bondage - W Somerset Maugham <-Need to look up
78 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy <-Need to look up
79 The Forgotten Seamstress - Liz Trenow <-Need to look up
80 Freedom from the Known - J Krishnamurti <-Need to look up
81 Foam of the Daze, also published under the title of Mood Indigo - Boris Vian <-Need to look up
82 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry <-Need to look up
83 The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen <-Need to look up
84 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
85 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance- Pirsig <-Need to look up
86 Moon and Sixpence - W Somerset Maugham <-Need to look up
87. Middlesex. - Jeffrey Eugenides <-Need to look up
88 Johnny got his gun - Dalton Trumbo <-Need to look up
89 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. - Patrick Suskind <-Need to look up
90 How Green was My Valley - Richard LLewellyn <-Need to look up
91 Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe <-Need to look up
92 The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
93 Scaramouche - Rafael Sabatini <-Need to look up
94 The Age of Reason - Thomas Paine <-Need to look up
95 The Faiths of the Founding Fathers - David L Holmes <-Need to look up
96 The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx
97 The Prisoner of Zenda - Anthony Hope <-Need to look up
98 Dhalgren - Samuel R Delany <-Need to look up
99 The Marid Audran Sequence - George Alec Effinger <-Need to look up
100 When The Sacred Gin Mill Closes - Lawrence Block <-Need to look up


message 2: by Tina ❣ (last edited Jan 18, 2020 04:49AM) (new)

Tina ❣ (nutrinut) | 5 comments Read so far for top 100:

12 I am the Messenger. - Markus Zusak
19 The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. - Jonas Jonasson
21 The Alchemist. - Paulo Coelho
32 Watership Down - Richard Adams
33 Night - Elie Wiesel
53 The Kite Runner. - Khaled Hosseini
75 My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult


message 3: by Christine (last edited Aug 12, 2018 03:20AM) (new)

Christine Tina, of those you have read, which did you enjoy the most. I loved The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson - I thought it was very funny.


message 4: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Mills (nancyfaym) | 70 comments I love the title, I will have to read that one!


message 5: by Tina ❣ (new)

Tina ❣ (nutrinut) | 5 comments Top 50 books:

3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
9 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
12 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
36 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
37 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
43 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


message 6: by Tina ❣ (new)

Tina ❣ (nutrinut) | 5 comments I think I enjoyed I Am the Messenger the most. Like they were all pretty good but that one I remember how I felt reading it clearly


message 7: by Tina ❣ (new)

Tina ❣ (nutrinut) | 5 comments It's been kinda challenging for me to read these books as I haven't been in the mood for them. I've wanted books that don't take up much of my time or make me think as I have just needed to wind down from work and uni

I think I'm going to focus on the top 50 books more than the 100 only because I know more of them. There's a lot I don't know from the 100 which means I'll have to go through them to see if I can get them and want to read them. It'll be easier for me to ignore the 100 list until I finish university so probably from next year onwards.


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