Tuesday, May 01, 2007

100 novels

Okay--I've seen this list on a few blogs but here's my turn at it. The books I've read are in bold and the one I've seen as movies are italicized. As an aside, as per usual few romance novels made this 'must read before you die' list and I could name ten romance novels that would be just as good, if not better, than most of the books on this list. But see, I'm not a pleb :)

Thanks Michele :)

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)

6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18 The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)

22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44.The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58.The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)

87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)9
96.The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

What about you...?
PS. Name those Sean Bean movies...


  1. I'm impressed with myself for having read so many on the list but I'm too lazy to put it on my blog LOL. #70 I want to read because of Megan Hart's "Dirty".

  2. Thanks for the Sean Bean pics- way better than the list.

    And the movies: Lady Chatterly, Lord of the Rings, but I'm not sure on the last pic. But anything with him is good. Very good.

  3. A guy bought me #70 when I was in university :)

    Michele, I liked the pictures. I think a lot of people are surprised to find SB is a fine Shakespearean actor as well as looking gorgeous :) As for his footy team, I can't comment.

  4. I'd love to post this, but being a total computer geek can't figure out how to do it! Did you just copy them all down? I went to Michelle's blog and didn't see it - or am I at the right Michelle?

  5. Laurie--I copied and pasted it into a word doc. Then I removed all the formatting and started from scratch. That's Michele's link, you just scroll down.

  6. One of my favorites on your list is Watership Down. I also read all the Harry Potter books; your list reminded me to put the latest on my library queue. I'm only number four hundred thirty three.

    Congrats on the Thinking Blogger Award. It's been flying about the internet and is landing almost everywhere.

  7. Scott, I loved Watership Down. And, in that vane, I also loved all the Tarka the otter books (by Gavin Maxwell), and the Stonar eagles (by William Thorwood?) and James Herriot.
    The classics on the list were reas in school and that didn't include Shakespeare which we did a lot of.

    I'm starting to think I might read too much. I know Amy and Meretta are doing the 50 book challenge this year. I'm pretty sure I have read 50 already. Maybe that's why I don't get enough sleep??

  8. That is a young Sean Bean in the first pic. Wowsers!

  9. Ummm...okay, I get The Bible, the Steinbeck books, even Rowling...but The Bourne Identity? Who came up with these books? Oi, The Bourne Identity???? Sorry, read it, enjoyed it, but it certainly doesn't qualify as a must read.

  10. LOL--Melissa, he is very young in it and terribly good :)

    Rene--I have no clue.

    I'm always glad if I've read anything not romance, just so it looks like I might have a life. However since I 'discovered' romance in the 90s I've barely read anything else...

  11. PS. the last is SB in Tolstoy's *Anna Karenina*

  12. Hmmm, I've read 30 of these and seen 15 of these in movies. Intersting. Thanks!

  13. Ack! Make that 31 and 16. I can see why some of these made the list, as they are classic literature, but others......
    I wonder, just out of curiosity how many have been banned? I KNOW Cather in the Rye is/was.