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The book list

01. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
02. The Lord of the Rings '
03. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
04. Harry Potter series –
05. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
06. The Bible .

07. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
08. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
09. 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
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

*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 – CS Lewis
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 Meaney – 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 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

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
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. 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
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker .
73. The Secret Garden – F
rances Hodgson Burnett
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
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
87. Charlotte’s WebEB 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
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

100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

i wouyld say, the ones I loved best were the ones I underlined. Most of these were books I returned to over and over. Some of the books on this list are too recent to be certain classics, i think. 100 years will tell us how relevent they are. I am a little shamed by the ones I have not read. Of these, I would say War and Peace is the only one I have failed at over and over. I think there is little chance now tha

t I will ever finish it.


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Jul. 12th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
About half of those I read in English class. I struggled to read War and Peace. About half way through I said "I don't know why this is a "great book"! There isn't a single character I care about." And I never finished.
Jul. 12th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
I feel that many of these are books I should love, or should have read. Maybe someday. But the world is full of books to love that are not on a list somewhere. Many of the book that have meant the most to me are not on a classics list.

I think love of books, like love of people needs no justification.
Jul. 12th, 2012 08:23 am (UTC)
I haven't read War and Peace, but I have read Anna Karenina and I can't say it will ever be on my top ten list of favourite books :} Ditto several others here. Life is too short to read books you don't enjoy, whether they are classics or not!
Jul. 12th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
That is what I think too. I would certainly read your fiction, or something I love from Following Sea, than guiltily slog through W and P
Jul. 12th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Is this a list of your favorite books, or?
I have read just one third of them and my favorite among them is Heart of Darkness by Conrad.
Jul. 12th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
Oh. I love Heart of Darkness. I am always meaning to read it again-- but there are so many books out there to fall into--

These is one of those meme things-- I never do them, but thought I would try.
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