Hey…It’s A Book List

I killed many, maaaany brain cells at a bar. But I would like to create the illusion of a long post right now. So rather than my usual ranting about my alcohol hazed existence (just kidding friends and family, please don’t intervene) I’m going to post this here book like that I found over at wanted: free time. There’s some rules to it an stuff like that which i am now going to type out paste here.

1) Bold the books you have already read
2) Italicize the books you intend to read
3) Personally added: Notes in parentheses next to note-worthy titles.
4) THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN SHOULD NOT BE ON THIS LIST. (i agree with this so much that I am reposting the repost. fuckin a’ right! thats right, i swear in the lit post)


1) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2) The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (wooooo…god I’m nerdy)
3) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
4) Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (even nerdier. To save face I preordered the final book in the series off Amazon to have it arrive on the day it came out. I was sitting on my couch waiting all day. When it finally came I bounded down the stairs to meet the UPS person, and she clearly heard it. You should have seen her face when a 22 year-old dude opened the door…)
5) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6) The Bible (went to Catholic School for a good portion of my life…so yeah, I’ve heard of this one)
7) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
8 ) Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
9) His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
10) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
11) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (i read this a looong time ago and I remember precisely none of it, but it still counts)
12) Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
13) Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (I looooove this book)
14) Complete Works of Shakespeare (I’ve been meaning to read more Shakespeare…he invented the word Eyeball)
15) Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
16) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
17) Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks – still one of my favorites, read it in my WWI lit class
18 ) Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (I only read this recently. After years of people telling me I would love it. I like this book because every single person that reads it thinks they’re holden caulfield. Could you imagine it the world was like that. It would be…brooding)
19) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
20) Middlemarch by George Eliot
21) Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
22) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
23) Bleak House by Charles Dickens
24) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (not by choice…I also don’t think I got through the whole thing, but I was supposed to, so I am counting it)
25) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
26) Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
27) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 ) Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
29) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
30) The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
31) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
32) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
33) Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis (cause it’s the chronic…WHAT? cles of Narnia)
34) Emma by Jane Austen
35) Persuasion by Jane Austen
36) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
37) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
38 ) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
39) Memories of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
40) Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne (I may not have actually read this, I don’t know. I do know that I LOOOOOVED Winnie the Pooh as a young lad. That fuckin counts. I SAID LAD)
41) Animal Farm by George Orwell
42) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
43) One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44) A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving (Lagwagon AND Jimmy Eat World based songs on this book. Well I guess I need to read it)
45) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
46) Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
47) Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
48 ) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
49) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
50) Atonement by Ian McEwan
51) Life of Pi by Yann Martel (my dad and sister read this last year. They said it was good. It’s one of my beach books for next weekend! That’s right, beach…which for me means sunburn and lowered self esteem. I really need to go to a gym)
52) Dune by Frank Herbert
53) Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
54) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
55) A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
56) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57) A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (yaaay highschool)
58 ) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
59) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (based on title alone)
60) Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
62) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
63) The Secret History by Donna Tartt
64) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
65) Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
67) Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
68 ) Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding (I’ve seen the movie. Well the sequel…does that count)
69) Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
70) Moby Dick by Herman Melville (rather than comment I am going to make a pirate sound. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR)
71) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
72) Dracula by Bram Stoker
73) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

74) Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
75) Ulysses by James Joyce
76) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
77) Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
78 ) Germinal by Emile Zola
79) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (wait, I thought this was a book list. I’m pretty sure Vanity Fair is a fashion magazine)
80) Possession by AS Byatt
81) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
82) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
83) The Color Purple by Alice Walker
84) The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
85) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
86) A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
87) Charlotte’s Web by EB White
88 ) The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom (you have got to be shitting me…really…really? This book is on the fucking list. Gaaaah)
89) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90) The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton
91) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
92) The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93) The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
94) Watership Down by Richard Adams
95) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (I LOOOOOOOOOVE THIS BOOK!! I will recommend this book to every single person I meet from now until I die. It’s that good. It’s so fucking good. Is it awful of me to be pissed at Toole for killing himself, therefore robbing all of us of a would-be legendary body of work?)
96) A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
97) The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 ) Hamlet by William Shakespeare
99) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

100) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

I totally didn’t bother counting how many I’ve read. I’m also sure that I left bolded books that I didn’t actually read, but that the last person to do this did. I mentioned the missing brain cells, so that’s probably why. I’m gonna go back to my splitting headache.


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