Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Let's Talk Books

Okay, so you know I have a book blog....oh wait, you dont? Well I have a book blog as well that I post on as well as a bunch of other awesome people (some of you!!). So it is probably fairly obvious that I heart books a whole lot. In fact I have read most of the classics like Flowers in The Attic and Twilight. (yes that WAS William Shakesepere that rolled over in his grave).

Actually I have NOT read many classics and I'm not sure why that is. Yes, I have read The Odyssee (oh, now I drive one....HA) and almost all of Shakesperes works but when I came across this list of "Books you really should read" I realized that I have not read many of them. So, here it is.....I will put the ones that I HAVE read in BOLD. Which ones have you read? Which should I not live another moment withOUT reading??? (oh and for one, ones I have never even HEARD of in italics)

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 – Im sure I am missing a few books but I have read most of it
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 (maybe minus a few)
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
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 Meany - 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. A 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 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 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
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

23 people fed my need for attention:


My all-time favorite book is Gone with the Wind!!

I also have Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(#60) on my bookshelf, but haven't read it yet. That may be my next book...


I've read some of these...seen some of these in movie, although that just doesn't compare with the book. Some I have and just can not get into..like the first one. Will try to read it again,one day. :)


I don't know that I'd classify "The DaVinci Code" as a classic no matter how much I liked it. I need to read more books on that list.


Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books ever. Such a joy.
Memoirs of a Geisha is a great read as is Cold Mountain.
If you enjoy mysteries, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is Elementary, My Dear Cammie!!
I love to read too.

E @ Scottsville

Cammie, I think you'd hate me in real life then. I may have read MAYBE five of those... cuz I just absolutely hate to read. I did read the Bible last night though - well not all of it, but part of it!

I'm sure I'd be lots smarted if I'd do more reading. I do LOVE reading blogs though. Does that count?

Mommy of M's

I've only read 3 on that list!! Yea, I suck.


I just love books too. I have read some of those on your list but a lot I need to.

Carol ....


I LOVE reading! But I have not read even 1/3 of those books. Who puts these lists together, anyway? I'm just not that into "literature", even though I try and try. Anyway, you have GOT to get a copy of Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, and When We Are Six and read them together with your kids! Like, now. They are fantasic! And I also recommend Brave New World. I had to read that one in HS but bought it and have read it several times more. It is a fantastic fantasy. I have heard 1984 is a similar must read, but I haven't gotten to that one yet. Happy Reading!

Kristina P.

I read Flowers in the Attic in the 5th grade! My mom found out and had a serious talk with me about incest. That was great.


So many books, so little time!

Thanks for stopping by my blog & sharing my special SITS day!

Drama queens mum

I really want to start reading again. I need to make some time for it. I miss it.

Sally's World

OMG i am an addict, a bookworm, obsessed, i have read all but about 13 of these books over the years...okay, all the classics, shakespear, dickens, bronte, austin, orwell, hardy i read at school (so they don't count as i had no choice), but i read too much obviosly lol!!!!i read anything i can get my hands on and i speed read...which helps...i never re read either, except pride and predudice (yearly)...

I remember being obseesed with the flowers in the attic series when i was in my teens, even the new virginia andrews and i'm only starting the twilight series now 'cos robyn wants to read them....so i feel better now!

i notice that hardy, elliot, ransome are in italics, these are ones we read at school, mostly great. swallows and amazons is a kids adventure that got me and my brother into big trouble lol!!!

tess of the d'urbervilles I LOVE!!! it was recently made into a TV series too, they did it quite well...

I'll shut up now....


I, too, have not read the Narnia series. That's one of my goals this summer...if I ever finish DaVinci Code. I've been having a hard time getting into that one...then again, I've been so busy lately that I've hardly had time to blog, let alone read one!

Creative Mish

Hi from SITS. I read alot of books. I'm going to have to go through the list and see how many for me :)


I've read some of these too.

I loved The Da Vinci Code.


Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the comment. Stop by anytime.

Your kiddos are super cute! I also notice that one of your favorite movies is Shag, one of my faves too!

I have never been a big reader but I admire your passion for it!

Have a great Wednesday!


To start: LOVE the new blog header. Super cute.

I read a lot. Let's see which of those I've read:

Pride and Prejudice (reading now), Jane Eyre (in HS, does that count?), The Bible, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, Little Women, Catch 22 (HATED that book), The Time Traveller's Wife, Gone With The Wind, The Great Gatsby, Chronicles of Narnia, Emma, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (this is part of the Chronicles of Narnia...not sure why it's seperated in the list), Memoirs of a Geisha (started it...don't think I finished it), Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, Sense and Sensibility, The Lovely Bones, The Secret Garden, A Christmas Carol, Charlotte's Web, Heart of Darkness.

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit

Hi Cammie

Thanks for coming by and visiting me at my blog. Your blog banner is adorable (as are your kids).

Re: your book list...
I would suggest both of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books (#43 and #60). Also Gone With The Wind, and Memoirs of a Geisha.

Bill Bryson is a great writer. He's very funny. Makes you LOL as you read (#74). He's especially good if you like to travel.


Oh, and I started The Hobbit, but I could NOT get into his writing style. It drove me batty.


I am such A Jane Austen addict! Hi from SITS!


Some of these I've never even heard of! Who gets to decide these lists, anyway?
Dropped by from SITS.


Okay, you need to read Pride and Prejudice. Jane Eyre. I need and you need to read Catcher in the Rye. Memoirs of a Geisha. I LOVED IT.

Raising Z

I've only got 22 :( I am thinking of creating a summer reading list ;) I am pregnant with my second and I don't know when I will have time to read again after my due date in the fall.

I am new to your blog and I am really enjoying it!

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