Another Top 100 List

31May09

Someone just sent this to me via email, so, being the diligent book blogger (ahem) that I am, I decided to re-post it here. Some random source came up with its list of top 100 books, much like every other newspaper and magazine has done. About 65% of the books remain the same, as far as I can tell, but then there’s that 35%…..

Here’s the list. The ones in pink are the ones I’ve read, the ones in blue are on my to-be-read list. Yay me. (Or, boo me!)

1. 1984 by George Orwell

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

7. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

10. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

12. Animal Farm by George Orwell

13. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

14. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

15. Ulysses by James Joyce

16. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

17. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

18. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

19. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

20. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

21. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

22. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

23. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

24. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

25. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

26. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

27. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

28. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

29. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

30. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

31. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

32. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

33. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

34. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

35. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

36. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

37. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

38. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

39. The Stranger by Albert Camus

40. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

41. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

42. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

43. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

44. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

45. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

46. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

47. Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust

48. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

49. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

50. Watership Down by Richard Adams

51. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

52. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

53. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

54. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

55. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

56. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

57. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

58. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

59. Middlemarch by George Eliot

60. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

61. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

62. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

63. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

64. The Stand by Stephen King

65. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

66. Dune by Frank Herbert

67. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

68. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

69. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

70. Dracula by Bram Stoker

71. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

72. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

73. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

74. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

75. The Trial by Franz Kafka

76. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

77. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

78. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

79. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

80. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

81. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

82. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

83. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

84. Persuasion by Jane Austen

85. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

86. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

87. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

88. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

89. Emma by Jane Austen

90. I, Claudius by Robert Graves

91. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

92. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

93. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

94. Atonement by Ian McEwan

95. Beloved by Toni Morrison

96. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

97. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

98. Siddharta by Hermann Hesse

99. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

100. Light in August by William Faulkner

To Be Read List: 22

Read: 32

Not very impressive, is it? :(

How about you? How many have you read? Or, are you planning on reading any, anytime soon?

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3 Responses to “Another Top 100 List”

  1. 1 claire

    We’re the same, thereabouts. I’ve read 36, and the on my TBR list and pile are 27. Happy week! :D

  2. 2 Jo

    I’ve read 30. Not great really! Too much faulkner on there for my liking though!

  3. 3 uncertainprinciples

    @claire : I think I’ll be happy when I’m half way there. 63 in total is quite good =)

    @Jo : Geez, didn’t notice, but there seem to be four books by him on that. Typically, I haven’t read a single one…

    I’m a little wary that the above list has two books I absolutely hated: Kite Runner and The Da Vinci Code. How can Dan Brown’s book get on a list like this is beyond me.


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