reading the classics

(x) Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
(x) The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
(x) Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
(x) Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
(x) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
(x) The Bible
(x) Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
(X ) Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
( ) His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
(x) Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Total: 9

(x) Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
(x) Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
( ) Complete Works of Shakespeare
(x) The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
( ) Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
(x) Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
( ) The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
( ) Middlemarch – George Eliot
(x) Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Total: 5 Haven’t read Shakespeares COMPLETE works so not counting that yet.

(x) The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
( ) Bleak House – Charles Dickens
( ) War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
( ) The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
( ) Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
( ) Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
(x) Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
( ) Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
( ) The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
(  ) Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Total: 2

(x) David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
( ) Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
(x) Emma – Jane Austen
(x) Persuasion – Jane Austen
(x) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
( ) The Kite Runner – Khaled Hossein
( ) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
( ) Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
( ) Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
(x) Animal Farm – George Orwell

Total: 5

(x) The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
( ) One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
( ) A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
( ) The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
(x) Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
(x) Portrait of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde
( ) The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
(x) Lord of the Flies – William Golding
( ) Atonement – Ian McEwan
( ) Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Total: 4

( ) Dune – Frank Herbert
( ) Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
(x) Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
( ) A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
( ) The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
(x) A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
(x) Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
( ) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon
( ) Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(x) Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Total: 4

( ) Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
( ) The Secret History – Donna Tartt
( ) The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
(x) Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
( ) On The Road – Jack Kerouac
( ) Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
( ) Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
( ) Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
(x) Moby Dick – Herman Melville
(x) Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Total: 3

( ) Dracula – Bram Stoker
( ) The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
( ) Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
(X) Ulysses – James Joyce
( ) The Inferno – Dante
( ) Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
( ) Germinal – Emile Zola
( ) Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
(X) Possession – AS Byatt
(x) A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Total: 3

( ) Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
( ) The Color Purple – Alice Walker
( ) The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
( ) Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
( ) A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
(x) Charlotte’s Web – EB White
( ) The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
( ) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
( ) The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
( ) Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

Total: 1

(x) The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
( ) The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
(x) Watership Down – Richard Adams
( ) A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
( ) A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
( ) The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
(x) Hamlet – William Shakespeare
( ) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
( ) Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Total: 3

Grand Total: 39 out of 100

While it was tempting I didn’t include movies I’ve watched but haven’t actually read the book, and didn’t include books I’ve started but not finished.  To be honest, I don’t like this list.  It makes no sense to list, “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” and then list “Hamlet” separately, ditto for CS Lewis and Narnia.  On the other hand, there are quite a few of the classics that I DO want to read — eventually…  I’ve highlighted them in pink.  Do you have a more classic, classics list?

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  1. Your daughter

    Ya know… I was thinking the same things, honestly… Although, I think that the CS Lewis split kind of makes sense. For the longest time, I knew people that had only ever read or HEARD of Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. So, I think it’s fair. But, Shakespeare makes NO sense… Either way, I couldn’t find a better list. Sorry… I would have made my own but, then I realized I would have only picked books I’d read. Or obscure, NOT classic books that I thought were awesome.

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