I saw this on The Kitchen Madonna's blog. I'm going to be sad, because I know I haven't read nearly the number of classics I should have... but here goes anyway. I'm supposed to bold the ones I have read, italicize the ones I am planning on reading and underline (I'll just color them red instead) the ones I have loved.
1.Pride and Prejudice -- loved the A&E version of it, but can't get into 19th century literature (gasp!). Too wordy and over-emotional for me. Still, I just bought a copy of it, so I'll be giving it the old "college try" soon...
2. The Lord of the Rings -- liked it, but couldn't handle all the elf songs. Terrible to say, but I got so much more out of the movie (isn't that sad???).
3. Jane Eyre -- I know, too sad. See #1.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird -- high school read. I really should read it again.
6. The Bible -- this one should be obvious!
7. Wuthering Heights -- again, #1. Yuck.
8. Nineteen Eighty Four -- Why was this not assigned in high school???
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman - Not in this lifetime, or the next. You've gotta be kidding me.
10. Great Expectations -- Ah, freshman year in high school!
11. Little Women -- again, high school.
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - (Thomas Hardy) I think this was freshman year of college. Can't say it did all that much for me.
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller -Nope.
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare -- I've read quite a bit, but can't say I've read EVERYTHING.
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier – Saw the movie!
16. The Hobbit - (JRR Tolkien) Picked this one up a few years ago. Glad I finally read it!
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - (JD Salinger) High school.
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - (Margaret Mitchell) Watched the movie several times... does that count?
22. The Great Gatsby - (F Scott Fitzgerald) Wow! I just read this for the first time a few years ago (during our "classics challenge" here at the house), and I loved it!
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens- saw the PBS series...
24. War and Peace - (Leo Tolstoy)
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - (Douglas Adams) - Of course!!
26. Brideshead Revisited - (Evelyn Waugh) Keep hearing about this one. Guess I need to add it to the list...
27. Crime and Punishment - (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) - HATED his book THE IDIOT. Oh my gosh.. bad high school memories...
28. Grapes of Wrath - (John Steinbeck). I'm pretty sure I read this one.
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) Loved it! It's CS Lewis, c'mon!
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Kite Runner - (Khaled Hosseini) -- I know there is a disturbing scene in there, so I haven't gotten my guts up to read it yet.
37. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
38. Memoirs of a Geisha - (Arthur Golden) Yep.
39. Winnie the Pooh - (AA Milne) Again, it's a given.
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - I have better things to do with my time.
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - (John Irving) Loved it up until the very end, but then it fell apart.
44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery -How have I not read this yet???
46. Far From The Madding Crowd - (Thomas Hardy) How many ways can I say "bleck"????
47. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood. Disturbing, but good!
48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
49. Atonement - Ian McEwan
50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
51. Dune - Frank Herbert
52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56. A Tale Of Two Cities - (Charles Dickens) Again, high school.
57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
60. Of Mice and Men -( John Steinbeck) Didn't we all have to read this one in high school?
61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
64. Count of Monte Cristo - (Alexandre Dumas) One of my all-time favorite books. I was intrigued when I heard that Michael Card spoke so highly of it. I picked it up and devoured it! It is a classic for a reason!!!
65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac -
66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
67. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
69. Moby Dick - (Herman Melville) -Yes, it's dry in places, but I had NO IDEA it was going to be so funny! My husband and I read it during our "classics challenge" here at home, and the phrase, "Alas, he was a butterless man" still makes us smile...
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker
72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74. Ulysses - James Joyce
75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
77. Germinal -(Emile Zola). I was a French major! Of course I read this one!
78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
79. Possession - AS Byatt
80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens. Read it with the kids.
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
84. Madame Bovary - (Gustave Flaubert). I'm pretty sure I read this... but I've seen various adaptations of it for sure...
85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86. Charlotte's Web - EB White
87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad. The horror! The horror!
91. The Little Prince - (Antoine De Saint-Exupery) In French.
92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93. Watership Down - Richard Adams
94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
99. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - (Mark Twain) Can you believe I've NEVER read this???
100. The Outsiders by SE Hinton