CODE – BOLD – read

italic – want to read

normal absolutely no interest

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

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

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

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

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 – A.A. 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 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 Inferno – Dante

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 – E.B. 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


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6 responses to “

  • Alannah

    I haven only read 8 of those! Dracula, Oliver Twist, Notes from a Small Island, Dune, The Da Vinci Code, Hitchhiker’s Guide, Little Women & Lord of the Rings. I tried to read Wuthering Heights but just could not manage it…

    Have read some Shakespeare…must admit, most of those books really do not interest me so I don’t care I’ve not read them.

  • Suzanne O'Connor

    HI Dame Rosemary,

    We are cut from the same cloth – we have similar taste in reading. Would love to discuss this list with you sometime when you are stateside…:)

    I just ‘read’ (listened to) “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” – AMAZING – on many levels.

    Enjoy the rest of your stay across the pond. I think of you and pray for you daily.


    Aunt Sue

  • Ollin

    Les Miserables is AMAZING. I absolutely love it, and it’s one of my all time favorites. Although I wish Hugo would cut back on all the political commentary, but other than that BRILLIANT.

    Oh, and you’re not interested in Great Expectations? I’m reading it right now. I kinda like it. A lot. So far at least. I think you would like it too, it’s a love story.

  • Sharmon Gazaway

    What??! Wuthering Heights not in italics?? You’re so in for a treat. A novel of a different color. Like nothing you’ve read before. Unforgettable; even if you don’t like it, unforgettable. Have I intrigued you? I hope.
    Great list, BTW. I began Great Expectations last year and took it back unfinished simply because I had to put reading on the backburner and concentrate on finishing my novel edit. Now I want to read it–quick!–before I go back for another edit and begin my new novel.
    Wish I could read GoneWTW and Rebecca for the first time AGAIN 🙂 sigh.
    Don’t know if you have a plan about reading the Bible but there are several systems to help you read systematically through it in one year by reading a set number of chapters per day. I recommend the King James Version for its powerful poetic language.
    Happy reading!

  • slightlyignorant

    I definitely recommend Anna Karenina – it’s wonderful. Extremely long, yes, but so beautiful! Your reading list is frighteningly similar to mine – I think we must have similar taste in books ^_^.

  • ABlankWhitePage

    I think you should reconsider:

    –Heart of Darkness is stunning, haunting, and somehow seems to start working on you only months after you’ve finished it. I still use “the horror” in everyday conversation.

    –Bridget Jones’s Diary: yes, it’s chick lit, but it’s also surprisingly honest and insightful, and plain hilarious.

    –Notes from a Small Island: if you’ve never read Bryson, it’s a must–though I think Down Under is probably better. Bill Bryson is one of the few non-fiction writers I love and Down Under is the only book that has made me laugh out loud in a big public place against my will (lots of stares and acute embarrassment followed)

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