It's No Secret. I Like Books.

Hannah is sick. She had a rough night, coughing and coughing, and then puking. As a result I am tired, and was seriously dreading the writing of this post. Lucky for me my friend Carol tagged me in another of those quizzes on facebook. I won't tag anyone else except Sheila, because she's the only one I know who's still doing NaBloPoMo. And she always seems to have something interesting to post, so I won't be hurt if she doesn't need to resort to using a quiz as a post. Here it is:

Have you read more than six of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only six of the 100 books listed here. Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt. Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!

(I bolded the ones I've read like it says, but I put a star by the ones I've read more than once, or ones that are some of my favourite books EVER. And I put stars by the ones I haven't read, but am planning to read in the near future. I had to look up a few of them, because the title sounded familiar, but I barely remember reading them.)

*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 (all)

*5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

*6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights (I tried, oh, how I tried.)

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

*11 Little Women - Louisa May 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 Travellers 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 Berniere

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Willaim 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 - Gabrial 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 Martell

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 (I tried this one to see if it was any better than the movie, which I hated. It wasn't.)

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

74 Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses - James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar - Sylivia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray (I lost it. I wonder whatever happened to that book?)

80 Possession - AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas - Charles Mitchell

83 The Colour Purple - Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (It's in my pile on my nightstand right now.)

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 & the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


  1. you did WAY better than me. I've read 28. I'm with you though, I could read Jane Austen over and over again.

  2. Add Grapes Of Wrath to your list. It is one of the best books ever. You are a teacher. It should be on your list.

  3. Oh and also read Of Mice And Men. I have read 34. I think last time I did this, I did better but they have changed the list. I think they change the listing for the contemporary books.

  4. opps, recount = 37. There are a few on there that I own but just have not been able to get into. somehow I just can't get into anything by Dickens.

  5. Well...I THOUGHT I liked books. Now I see that I clearly do NOT.

    (Thank goodness The Bible was on there, or I may have been swallowed up in complete illiterate shame.)


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