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okay, I wasn't gonna bother, because I figure everyone I know has read more than six of these, but hernewshoes did, so now I won't be able to ignore it.

seriously, how could I even carry on a conversation with anyone who'd only managed to read six? What would we talk about?

Not going to bother with italics-bold-underline, although I will strikethrough the ones I LOATHED.


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 (well, PARTS of it, but have never gone through the whole thing AND I'M NOT GOING TO YOU CAN'T MAKE ME)
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (I was supposed to, but I was ahead of myself in French and math in high school, and that meant I had scheduling conflicts with the class that did 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 (Okay okay I admit it I haven't read through ALL the plays. I have a perfectly reasonable working knowledge of the popular ones and I would know MORE if I hadn't had Midsummer Night's Dream for THREE SEPARATE CLASSES. Not that I don't love it. I'm sure I've read all the sonnets but not all memorized or anything.)
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (NO, NO, NO, AND YOU CAN'T MAKE ME)
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 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (large chunks memorized)
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 (Look, is Nicholas Nickleby going to be on here? Only Dickens I read, and that because the stage play had Roger Rees, who was desperately handsome to my twelve-year-old eyes.)
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
(what's with the duplication?)
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (The autobiography of the ACTUAL geisha whose interviews were a big base for this book was a lot more interesting actually.)
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 (I do not care WHAT hernewshoes says, I LOVED THESE. ALL OF THEM. ANNE RULES.)
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding (No, but I saw it as a play last year, when my daughter had the role of Jack, which was a REALLY FABULOUS PART)
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 (And I was very confused to discover an actual prescription painkiller called soma, many years later.)
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
(OMG SO MUCH LOVE)
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 (I tried, probably will try again...)
80. Possession - AS Byatt (Yes! Awesome book. But I skimmed the pastiche poetry.)
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 (I keep feeling like I SHOULD because, no shit, he was my second grade Hebrew school teacher and he was the only good Hebrew school teacher I ever had, but OMG it looks so schmaltzy. )
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Oh HELL yes, have the annotated edition, adore them)
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (Does it count if I've only ever read it in French?)
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams (Not until last summer! But I did, finally.)
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole (No, but I mean to, since PZB loves it so much)
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute (I got nothin'. Isn't that a Jam song? Wait, no, that's A Town Called Malice.)
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
(Again with the weird duplication thing)
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (no but I know the musical down to the fucking recitatives...)
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