Bibliophilia: Do I Have This Disease? Do You?

I saw this book list on Jill's blog and knew that I absolutely had to copy it.

The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts program designed to encourage community reading initiatives and of their top 100 books, they estimate the average adult has read only six. This hurts my heart.

Here’s what you are supposed to do:
*Look at the list and bold those you have read.
*Italicize those you intend to read.
*Underline the books you LOVE . {I couldn't underline, so I added ** to my faves.}

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(well, only the first 2)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee**

6 The Bible***
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**
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (complete? seriously? only Romeo & Juliet)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier**
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
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(partial, plan to finish)
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(partial, couldn't bear it)
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 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 - Frances 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 - A S 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 Web - EB 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 (partial, couldn't bear it)
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

Hmm...35 total. It seems I may not be as much of a bibliophile as I might have thought, at least based on this list. I just felt my book guilt increase tenfold.

I am surprised that there is so much Austen (not that it's a bad thing) and Dickens, along with Helen Fielding for Bridget Jones' Diary--interesting. Several of those in italics are on my bookshelves, I've just not gotten around to reading them yet. Some books I had not even heard of--yikes! I hope that does not further diminish my self-proclaimed bibliophile status. I have read some of the authors other books (Margaret Atwood, Bill Bryson, John Irving). This may be pesky, but why are some books of a series included twice, as in The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, Chronicles of Narnia/The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe? I'm also surprised some authors aren't included at all. Where's Mark Twain? Barbara Kingsolver? Wallace Stegnor?

Since there are so many books waiting for me to read, I obviously don't have enough time to blog anymore. I better pull the plug.


What about you? Feel free to copy this list and post your answers on your blog. Be sure to let me know if you do, I'd love to read your answers.

Are you surprised by some of the choices on this list? Are any books missing that should have been included? Any that I haven't read that I should drop everything and read immediately? Do you ever feel book guilt?


  1. Holly,

    I saw this list on Jill's blog but I'm too ashamed to put it on mine! I haven't read hardly any of them! I might start reading whats on the list!


  2. Hey, you have about 33 more read than me!! I can't believe that list. I agree that there are a lot left off. Where's Dr. Suess for crying out loud!?

  3. I agree... I can count the number of books off of that list that I have read on one hand... that is so sad. And I read, I really do. I guess I am just not reading the books that "THEY" think I should be. Oh well at least I am reading. Good for you with 35!

  4. I am so printing this list off, putting it in my purse and checking out these books (ones I haven't read) at the library so I can read them ALL. How fun.

  5. I don't really know the criteria for these particular 100 books to be on their list. At first I felt guilty that I hadn't read more "classic" literature, but then I tried to look past that.

    I think reading in general, whatever appeals to your taste is what's most important--otherwise it would be drudgery instead of fun.

    There are some books on the list that I know I'll probably never be interested in reading--and that's okay.

  6. There certainly is an interesting mix of books on the list. I was surprised when I saw Helen Fielding's name (although, I do LOVE the book!).

    I enjoy reading your blog. I had to look up the recipe for coca cola cake. I haven't made it yet but it is on the "must try" list! :)

  7. interesting list. I too wondered why LWW was on there as well as Chronicles of Narnia. If I remember correctly, The Hobbit is not part of the Lord of Rings trilogy...I have some of these on my book shelf. some I will read some I won't. just pulled some novels for my son to read while out of school this week. I thought he'd choose Frankenstein, but looks like he is going w/ Lord of the Flies!

  8. Interesting list...I'm going to comb through more carefully and find a few at the library!


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