Thursday, October 2, 2008


First of all, thank you for all the help with my Internet scam situation. Your information was very helpful and it was so nice to get some support! I haven't told Don about it because I'm trying to handle it myself and I don't want to upset him. It was nice to be able to talk to you guys about it!

I'm pretty drained right now--I had a very busy day--mostly good, fun stuff--but also more dealing with credit card companies which is so exhausting! So I'm going to do an "easy" blog today--but a fun one. I saw this idea on Mama Dawg's blog and found it very interesting.

"The Big Read is a USA National Endowment for the Arts program designed to encourage community reading initiatives and of their top 100 books, they estimate the average adult has read only six.

1. Look at the list and bold those you have read.

2. Italicize those you intend to read.

3. Underline (or color) the books you LOVE .Share this list in your blog, too, if you like.”

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
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare **I've read an awful lot--but I don't know if I've read them all!
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s 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
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur 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 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - 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 McEwan51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
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
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt LOVE this book!!
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac--I HATED this book!
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 (hated)
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath LOVE
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro One of my favorite movies and I want to read the book.
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
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 My ALL-TIME favorite book!!
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl I have read everything by Roald Dahl and I love them all!
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I'm wondering--what is your all-time favorite book and why?


SouthernDogwoods said...

Hi! Great post! I just joined a book club & we recently read Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni (he is on the list for The Kite Runner) - A thousand splendid suns is one of my favorite books now. I highly recommend it!
Great post!

Ronda's Rants said...

I wondered about The Road...
My daughter started Lovely Bones and had to stop reading was too upsetting!
I am glad you got everything worked out and I understand about being upset about the dresses...I love buying dresses for our little girl!

Jennifer said...

A few of my all time fav's are on that list! well, everything that Miss Austen penned. ;P

Jo-Jo said...

A few are on my list...May have to check out those you have read. I wonder who came up with the list? I would have added a bunch more!

Lori said...

I'm glad to see my beloved Tolkein books made the list! I've come SO close to making Jacob a baby hobbit for Halloween.

oº˚ Homeschool Mom˚ºo said...

I have seen this before -- I can't remember what I read in high school and for the past 13 years it has been childrens book and now homeschool books. I may get to read again for me one day. Thanks for sharing that was great.
Much Love

Anonymous said...

I love this list, you have done much better than I have!

Kori said...

Whoo! I have read most of the books on the list! and my baby is named Owen; does that tell you which book on the list is my all-time favoe? O. really IS named after Owen Meany, too.

Anonymous said...

Great list!!! I'm afraid the ones I've read would be pretty short on that list...but I've seen a lot of the movies...

My favorite all time books are the Harry Potter books. I just like believing in that magical creative!!!

Mama Dawg said...

I love Roald Dahl, too. Thanks for the shout out!

Aubrey said...

OMGosh. Only have read 5 on that list. Pretty sad. LOL
Gotta put the crackliture down and start reading books with substance!

Mamahut said...

I can't post the list, beside Tolkien, the only books I have read on the list were required reading at some point or another. I always like them when I'm done?? I think it has something to do with the fact that someone told me I HAD to read. I'm a rebel like that hahahaha.

Unknown said...

I love "A Prayer For Owen Meany". I didn't waste my time with the movie adaptation "Simon Birch". Did you see it?
And I see you didn't care for "On The Road". Where's your inner hippie Jennifer?
Peace baby! ;->

CaraBee said...

Very interesting. I, too, wonder who came up with the list because there are definitely some that seem like they should be on there: Ayn Rand anyone? And ones that I'm surprised are on there: Bridget Jones' Diary?

I'm going to do this over on my blog, thanks for the inspiration!