12.02.2009

100 Books to Read Before You Die

First off, I was interviewed by the amazing The Bookologist. So in the (minuscule) possibility that you can't get enough as me as it is, go check it out! I read the interview over and gigglesnorted. I sound...strange, and not in a good way. But luckily, none of you know me in real life so I'm not crushed by mortification :) Just slightly embarrassed.

Anyhoo, onto the list!

I stole this from wonderful Jessica at A Booklover's Diary, who grabbed it from the awesome Brizmus at Brizmus Blogs Books who...I'm not sure where this list came from originally, but I wanted to post it anyways!

Crossed out= Read
Blued=On Wishlist
Greened= In house somewhere, yet to be read.
I was going to do a purpled of books I have read and hated/tried to read but couldn't but that's sort of harsh, lol.

1. Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice

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

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

7. Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife

8. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief

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 – A 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 – 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

Final Tally:

Read: 25
Wishlisted: 18
Have-in-house-but-still-not-gotten-to: 9. Oh dear, this is a problem.

So, I've done pretty suckily. Good thing I'm not planning on dying soon, eh? But I really won't attempt to read all 100, because I do disagree with quite a few books on this list--I'm sure not all of them are must-reads. The books in my house or on my wishlist I'll definitely try to read ASAP.

The one's I've read and are DEFINITELY must-reads: The Book Thief, Gone with the Wind, Harry Potter, American Gods, Bridget Jone's Diary, Jane Eyre, Dune, A Clockwork Orange, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Atonement, Hithchiker's Guide. Those are now doubly recommended, so good read them NOW!

Did I leave out a book on my wishlist that was amazingly good?

And how'd you do?

12 comments:

StephTheBookworm said...

I thought your interview was great!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Ohh, so many books! Definitely will have to steal this one from you sometime, especially because there are actually quite a few that I haven't read that I really think I should have by now... Anyways, will be checking out that interview! :)

Ami The Salami said...

That must've taken SO long to write, haha :)

Also, great interview!

Steph Su said...

Ooh, I wonder who came up with this fantastic list. I love lists; I may have to "steal" this one from you eventually. (And I would've totally "purpled" the ones I've tried to read and couldn't get through, too! lol)

JenniferWalkup said...

Great list. I'm going to copy and post to my blog. I'll link back to you, if you don't mind!

Patty said...

God, I've read 9 -.- LOL

Lizzy said...

I'll have to copy this to my blog, and of course I'll link back! There are a few on there that I've read, and a few I'm ashamed that I haven't read yet haha

ladystorm said...

I gave you a award!

http://writesthoughts.blogspot.com/2009/12/thanks-you-thank-you-i-received-award.html

Jenna said...

I definitely reccomend Animal Farm, 1984, The Lovely Bones, The Great Gatsby, and The Notebook, all of which I've read and enjoyed. I hope you do as well!

Allison said...

I think I've only read like 15 of these books. Wow.

Jessica (BookLover) said...

Great job! Wuthering Heights is a good one, and 1984 is one of my favorite classics. I hope you enjoy the 9 listed books you have around the house and those on your WL. :)

I agree about The Book Thief! For those who haven't read it: Read IT! :)

**Amanda** said...

Eat Pray Love was very good and so was The Notebook! I hope you enjoy reading them!

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