I have no idea where the list originated, nor how these books were chosen (I’m wondering if someone just listed everything she had on a bookshelf or something. I say "she" because of such entries as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Bridget Jones’s Diary. All you men out there who have read these books can tell me I’m being horribly sexist, but none of my male friends has ever told me he's read either one). If it wasn’t something as random as that, I have no idea, because it seems an extremely odd list. These were the instructions:
Bold the ones you’ve read, italicise the ones you want to read,
2. +Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Perfect to read, perfect to listen to on tape, perfect to watch on DVD.
3. + To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) Oh how I wish Harper Lee had written more, but how could she?
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) Really would like to read, but have too many other things to read first. Besides, I’ve seen the movie.
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) Have no idea why I’ve never read this, but I do hope I get around to it one of these days.
10. * A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) Never heard of it. Someone who has, please enlighten me.
11. + Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) I’ve only made it to the third Harry Potter, but plan to read all of them eventually (repeat this sentence for each Harry Potter on the list).
13. + Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. + A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) Way, way up, very near the top on a list of my all-time favorite books (and one of the few books I’ve read in my adult life more than twice)
15. + Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) Really, really do want to read it.
16. + Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. * Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald) Again. I need enlightening.
18. + The Stand (Stephen King) Because both Bob and Hobs have told me I need to read it.
19. + Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. + Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) Another all-time favorite. Soon, it too, will be one I’ve read more than twice as an adult.
22. + The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) One I’d like to reread at some point.
23. + Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) Multiple times.
24. + The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) What a lovely book that was.
25. + Life of Pi (Yann Martel) This is one of my brother’s favorite books, and he gave it to me. Sadly, I have yet to read it, although I’m sure it’s going to be fabulous when I finally do.
26. + The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) Funny, funny, funny.
27. + Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) I’ve written about this one before.
28. + The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) Didn’t care for it nor any of the Narnia books as a kid as much as everyone else seemed to. Liked it a bit better as an adult, but still much prefer other children’s fantasies.
29. + East of Eden (John Steinbeck) I’m woefully behind when it comes to reading everything by Steinbeck. Have read Of Mice and Men, and that’s it.
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) Found this much more interesting than I expected when I picked it up at a friend’s house just to “browse” it, and was still reading it an hour later. Had to check it out from the library to finish it.
31. + Dune (Frank Herbert) Read it for a college course. Found it extraordinarily tedious.
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) Want to read to see what all the fuss is about, but have a feeling I’m not going to like it, so keep putting it off.
34. 1984 (Orwell) ? I’ve written about this one before, too. At most, I’ve skimmed it, which means I haven’t really read it.
35. + The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) I think I want to, but again, not really sure I’m going to like it, so it’s not a high priority.
36. + The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) Absolutely, completely surprised that I loved this one (Ken Follett? Never in a million years would I have thought I’d say that about a book of his) recommended to both Bob and me by friends whose reading tastes we trusted.
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay) This really, technically, should have an *, I suppose. Have only just heard of it, know nothing about it, and don’t feel anything about it. Really.
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb) Sort of want to read it, because of the subject matter, but a little worried, because She’s Come Undone rang hollow for me.
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant) Want to read it, but am afraid I’m going to find it way too depressing.
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) Again, it’s not too far up on the list, but I’m somewhat intrigued.
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) Very mixed feelings about this book that didn’t unmix themselves, even by the time I got to the end of it. Interesting story. Not particularly well written, and way too many coincidences for my taste. Still, I learned a lot about a culture I really know nothing about. And some of the characters were very likeable.
45. + Bible (Haven’t read the Apocypha) Fascinating, fascinating read (if you can get through the long, boring parts)
46. +Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)) I’ve written about this one as well.
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) Seen the movie, really want to read the book, just haven’t gotten around to it.
48. + Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) And I keep promising myself I’m going to stop reading memoirs about horrible, harsh childhoods, and then I end up being seduced by them.
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) Already commented on Steinbeck.
50. +She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb) See #32
51. +The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) I know, I know, I know. Everyone under the sun has told me: I have to read it.
52. + A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens) Ditto.
54. + Great Expectations (Dickens) Ditto 51 and 52.
55. + The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) I want to re-read it soon.
56. * The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence) I need enlightening again.
57. +Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough) Read it years ago. Don’t think I’d like it if I read it today.
59. + The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) I’ve read other Atwood and loved it. Don’t know why I haven’t read this classic.
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger) Will read soon.
61. + Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) One of The Greats.
63. + War and Peace (Tolstoy) Another one of The Greats.
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis) I love what little of Robertson Davies I’ve read. Must read more.
66. + One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) Another one I want to re-read.
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares) All the young women and teen girls I know just love this one.
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) Have never been all that interested in this one until recently when my brother-in-law told me he once had a student who compared it to Aristophanes. I love, love, love Aristophanes, so it’s now on my TBR list.
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) One day, I hope I’ll be able to say, “I’ve read it!”
70. + The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) Lovely little book. I haven’t read it in years, though.
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding) Laugh-out-loud funny.
72. + Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez) Another one of The Greats.
73. + Shogun (James Clavell) Only interested because Bob loves Clavell, so maybe one day, I’ll get around to reading it.
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) I really just don’t feel one way or the other about it. Same with the movie.
75. + The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) As a child and as an adult. Enchanting.
76. * The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay) I like the title, but never heard of it.
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) I plan to reread this one this year. Loved it at age thirteen. Hope I still will.
78. + The World According To Garp (John Irving) One I should reread. I haven’t read it since I was fifteen.
79. * The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. + Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) And Stuart Little, which is oddly absent from this list, as well.
81. * Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley) Haven’t a clue what this is.
82. + Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck) Ahhh. There’s the one Steinbeck I’ve read.
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier) Read and reread.
84. * Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind) What is this?
85. + Emma (Jane Austen) Read and reread.
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams) Have always been meaning to reread.
87. + Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) Hope to read soon.
88. * The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields) Another one whose title sounds interesting
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago) Thanks to Dorr, I want to read this, and even checked it out of the library once, but had to return it before I’d gotten to it.
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje) Why so much Ondaatje?
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) Sort of want to read it, but know it will upset me terribly, so never get around to it on purpose, I think.
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck) Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous both for its insight into another culture as well as insight into human needs and psychology.
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) Someone convince me this is one I need to read. No one really has yet, despite all the hype, but I can't say I don't want to read it at all.
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) One of those highly-praised YA novels, like Judy Blume books and The [hideous] Chocolate War, that always made me wonder, “Doesn’t anyone ever think that maybe what teenagers need most is not to read about horribly realistic things that portray being a teenager as a terrible time, but things that will make them laugh?”
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch) Want to, but haven’t yet.
100. Ulysses (James Joyce) until this year when Bloglily started posting on it, this would have been a cross-out. But now, she’s intrigued me.
Okay, time to stop listing and writing about books and go read.