NTTCR: Books

Trying to get my mind off of things…. The premise of this exercise is that the National Endowment for the Arts apparently believes that the average American has only read 6 books from the list below.  So, here’s the test to see if I’m above average.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline (or mark in a different color) the books you LOVE

I’ve added my own commentaries for your viewing pleasure.

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
To Kill a Mockingbird
– Harper Lee  (my favorite high school read.  i still reread it to this day, and have at least three copies lying around my house.)
6 The Bible – yeah, right.
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 (don’t remember much)

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell (my all time favorite.   i can quote the majority of the book.  i am currently on my sixth copy, because i wear the spine out.  i should just cough up the $30 for it in hardback.)
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
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 (a middle school required reading i don’t remember much about)
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (10th grade english class tortured me with this book.)

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 – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (my favorite modern-day book.  so descriptive, it makes you feel like you are there.  movie is spot-on, too)

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (ashamed to admit it, but makes you question a lot of what you are raised to believe)

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 (can’t remember much about it)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding (a disgusting 9th grade english required reading)
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 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 – see # 51
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold  (was okay, but kind of creepy – couldn’t really get into it)

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
On The Road
– Jack Kerouac
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
Dracula – Bram Stoker (11th grade english torture reading)

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (8th grade english – don’t remember much about it)

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

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 (read this more times than i would like to in a lifetime…. not to mention performed the play with my ex-husband when we were in high school – ugh)
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web
– EB White (favorite childhood read.  cried at the end when charlotte died – and cried at the end of the newest movie, too)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection

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
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare (12th grade english torture)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (cute book, liked movie more)
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (i bolded this one because i’ve skimmed through it, but have seen the play and the movie)

So, let’s see…. that puts me at 17 – above average.  woot!


1 Comment

  1. janineb said,

    July 24, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    it can’t really be only 6 from 100? Odd how they group certain things – harry potter series, complete works of william shakespeare? but then break others out, like Hamlet, or just Lion Witch and the Wardrobe.
    I cannot believe you haven’t read any Jane Austen or Bridget Jones’ Diary! get thee to a bookstore, stat!

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