Literati List (where do you score?)

I’m actually pilfering this post from the FaceBook page of the simply sublime Ms. Anne Kelleher. I thought it was an interesting combo of great stuff and cheesy fluff. I’d love to see how wide the spectrum is with the Nuggetiers. I know you’re all super smart, sassy, sexy beasts I’m just curious to see how this one turns out, give it the ol’ bloggy try!

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.
5) Put in a note with your total in your comment or re-post

X+ 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
X +2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
X +3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
X + 4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling ++++ (sadly I’m a hopeless Harry Potter DORK!)
x 5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
X 6 The Bible
x+7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (more times than I care to admit)
x 8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (only because it was a school requirement)
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
X+10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (again a school assignment BUT I loved it)
X+11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott (like Heathclif and Kathy I couldn’t get enough of Jo and the girls)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
X 13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
X 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (okay maybe HALF an X here My Da was an English lit major and when I ran out of reading materials I’d pick up his complete Baird and muddle through)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
X+16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien (I heart Hobbits!)
X 17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
X +18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (only give this a + because my DH is a conspiracy theory nut and each time he gets his “official” news letter I think fondly of Holden Caufield)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (HATE THIS BOOK!!! I kept reading it thinking, dam if they can reference Violent Femmes concerts and Pad Tai I’m eventually going to love it.. NOPE IT FREAKIN’ SUCKED DIRTY TOE NAILS!)
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
X 21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
X + 22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (a college pshych class assignment I ended up loving, does that say something about me?)
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
X 24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (blah, blah.. vodka shots.. blah)
X 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (I was so pissed when the movie came out it SUCKED but the book was sort of fun)
X26 +Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh (my first foray into British pseudo erotic cast system romance lit)
X 27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (half an X again)
X 28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (I actually read this on the air plane ride to Dublin this summer. My most favorite book as a tweenager was The Red Pony (I had horses, and books as friends until I was 15) so I was surprised that I didn’t love this one.
X 29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
X 30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
X 31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (again with the blah and Vodka shots)
X 32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
X+33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (I was totally stoked to take the kids to the movie, I bought the whole set of the books and read them to my daughter before the movie premiered. We loved it and I was so PROUD that she said she loved the book MORE!.
X + 34 Emma – Jane Austen (any girl who doesn’t gush over the divine Miss Jane is no girl)
35 + Persuasion – Jane Austen
X+36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (I guess we get extra points for reading the whole series?)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
X38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
X39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
X 40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne (one must follow this with the Tao of Pooh)
X 41 Animal Farm – George Orwell (Orwell was a nutjob!)
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown –
*43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
X 45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
X 46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
X 48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
X 49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
X 50 Atonement – Ian McEwan (I LOVE this book, the movie was okay. If you liked the movie and are a reader GET THE BOOK! It’s just so much more. I also recommend his book Black Dogs)
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
X +52 Dune – Frank Herbert (ah great series AND Sting was in the movie.. BONUS)
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
X++ 54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
X57 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
X + 61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (another pleasant school assignment)
X 62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
X 65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
X 66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
X 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
X 70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
X 71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
X 72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
X 73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
X + 76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (this one got me into great female writers like the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and my most recent muse Susan Jane Gillman)
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
X 81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
X 84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
X87 + Charlotte’s Web – EB White (my 9 year old daughter started out with me reading this to her about 5 times and now it’s her “go to” book when she is in between books)
*88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
X 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
*91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (this is in the DH’s collection and I keep meaning to get to it.. I’ve sadly been side tracked by (ashamed blushing) the Twilight series.
X 92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
X 94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
X 96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
X 98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare (one part of the complete works of Shakespeare – that I DID get to but as Annie says “maybe the person who put this list together thinks there is more than one.)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Annie read 75 of them, what a Literati she is! Me I managed 55, which impressed me very little.. I guess in addition to raising 4 kids, writing, cleaning, cooking, saving the world.. I need to read more!

Annie added that she felt some of these books were not list worthly..true..however it never said the 100 greatest books of all time, how could they? There is no Frank McCourt, it’s lacking Susan Jane Gillman two of my personal favs. Oh and let us not forget that there simply are not nearly enough Oprah’s book club members on the list (yick, hack, phooie..did I say Oprah, or just belch realy loudly?)

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