The Book List Challenge – 36 out of 100

A few months ago, a quiz was making its way around Facebook to see how many books out of 100 you had read.  I took the test and got a measly 36 out of 100!  Thus, one of my goals is to incorporate more of the unread books into my reading repertoire.  Although I find classics boring, drab, and long-winded at times… I still make an effort to read them because I think it helps with writing skills, and it also helps to develop better critical and analytical thinking skills.  However, I was really surprised to see a contemporary book like The Time Traveler’s Wife on here!  And where did Winnie the Pooh come from?  Who came up with this list?  I would’ve liked to see other books, such as East of Eden and The Great Gatsby on this list.

To start, I’ve added 1984 (I love books about the future) and Wuthering Heights (it’s free on the Kindle and a movie is coming out!) to my “to-read” list for this year.

 1. 1984 George Orwell
 2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
 3. The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
 4. Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
 5. All the King’s Men Robert Penn Warren
 6. All the Pretty Horses Cormac McCarthy
 7. The Ambassadors Henry James
 8. And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
 9. Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery
 10. Beloved Toni Morrison
 11. Brave New World Aldous Huxley
 12. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
 13. Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding
 14. The Call of the Wild Jack London
 15. The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer
 16. Catch-22 Joseph Heller
 17. The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
 18. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
 19. Charlotte’s Web E.B. White
 20. Cloud Atlas David Mitchel
 21. The Color Purple Alice Walker
 22. A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
 23. Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
 24. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
 25. Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler
 26. Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes
 27. Dracula Bram Stoker
 28. Dune Frank Herbert
 29. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Tom Wolfe
 30. Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
 31. A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
 32. Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin
 33. The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing
 34. Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell
 35. The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
 36. The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
 37. Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pynchon
 38. Great Expectations Charles Dickens
 39. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
 40. Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
 41. Hamlet William Shakespeare
 42. The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
 43. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling
 44. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
 45. Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
 46. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
 47. Howard’s End E.M. Forster
 48. In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust
 49. Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
 50. Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
 51. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
 52. Les Miserables Victor Hugo
 53. Life of Pi Yann Martel
 54. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis
 55. The Little Prince Antoine De Saint-Exupery
 56. Little Women Louisa M Alcott
 57. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
 58. Lord of the Flies William Golding
 59. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring J.R.R. Tolkien
 60. Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
 61. Main Street Sinclair Lewis
 62. The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
 63. Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
 64. Middlemarch George Eliot
 65. Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
 66. Moby Dick Herman Melville
 67. Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs
 68. Native Son Richard Wright
 69. Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) Philip Pullman
 70. The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
 71. On The Road Jack Kerouac
 72. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
 73. A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving
 74. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
 75. The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
 76. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
 77. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
 78. The Secret History Donna Tartt
 79. A Separate Peace John Knowles
 80. The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
 81. Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
 82. Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
 83. Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence
 84. The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
 85. Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein
 86. Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransom
 87. The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
 88. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
 89. To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
 90. A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
 91. Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
 92. Ulysses James Joyce
 93. Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry
 94. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
 95. Watership Down Richard Adams
 96. The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
 97. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
 98. Winnie the Pooh A.A. Milne
 99. Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
 100. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig

4 thoughts on “The Book List Challenge – 36 out of 100

  1. You beat me, I scored 31!

    There are some GEMS/classics that you need to read! Remains of the Day, Anne of Green Gables, 1984, Crime and Punishment, The Catcher in the Rye, Invisible Man…so many!

  2. It’s interesting to have just found this recent blog post, since this list is on my mind today. My score was embarrassingly pathetic – I have only read 18! Unfortunately, when I was young, I only wanted to read the likes of Nancy Drew mysteries. I still read mysteries, such as the Bones books by Kathy Reichs. I’m also a big Harry Potter fan. Obviously, you can see that my literature background is juvenile, and I’m 58! (I managed to get an accounting degree without taking college literature.)

    I have a small pile of Christian books I hope to read in the next month. Then, I hope to start reading the titles on this list that we actually own, which are 1984, Brave New World, The Call of the Wild, Crime & Punishment, Dune, Fahrenheit 451, Great Expectations, The Invisible Man, Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring, Madame Bovary, Moby Dick, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Wind in the Willows. (Some of these titles are from my 30 year-old son’s collection.)

    I too was also surprised to see modern “chick” books like “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife” on here. However, seeing those suggested to me that this book might contain non-stuffy books, and perhaps I would have a better chance of getting through the list. It’s funny, there is a book, (which I have) called “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die,” and there are similar criticisms – many classic favorites did not make the list.

    I may check to see if anyone has started an Internet chat group based on this list.

  3. I got 42 but probably only because I was an English major. Yea, think you will really like Invisible Man and Catcher in the Rye… actually all the ones Amy mentioned.

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