Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I definitely used to read more when i was in school and college...Now of course, i do more of reading text books and my 6yr-old's library books...and err...blogs

-xh tagged me light years ago on this...so here it is...

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you really love (and strikethrough the ones you hate!).(this i don't know how to do...so i'm not..)
4) Reprint this list in your own blog.

so here's the list someone else has so patiently compiled...(half of what i have read is missing from this list :P)

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 -parts 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 (most of them)
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 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 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 (saw the movie)
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
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

Currently reading "the japanese wife"

of the lot above, would want to try reading hitchhiker's guide and time traveller's wife..any other recommendations? I have so many that i've not yet read :(

I had covered most of the above, when i was in school...Some i've hidden in between my study books and read... Quite a few, i wish i had waited and read later to fully appreciate the writing....

Is there a proper age and time to read certain books to interpret it in the right way? What do you think?

and..and... i tag joy, gazal,and prats...and anyone else who wants to take this up...


Prats said...

Wow!!! great reads....and you have been really busy with the pages in the school days ehem....

NOw I have to do justice to this...
Loved the books that you've raed....
Some have turned into school books now...

Keshi said...

Great list there...most of em r my favs too. Yeah P&P tops my list too :)

**Is there a proper age and time when you need to read certain books to interpret it the right way? What do you think?

Interesting qn. Mebbe there is...I mean if I read Little Women now, I'd interpret it alot more differently than I did when I was about 12.

We cant ignore the fact that with Age comes more understanding and the ability to decipher certain things better.

But most books r written for different age groups. So I guess u need to read different books at different stages of ur life. :)


--xh-- said...

:-D i forgot that i tagged you with this :-D nice list :-D howz teh japanese wife?

brocasarea said...

so much!..havent read any except PandP..thanks.. will dwnd them!!:)

Mama - Mia said...

oh gee! i feel like quite the dunce afta seeing that you have read almost 50%! good going!!

and i would never take up a tag that shows unread i am!! :p



Rambler said...

hey do read Lolita..let me know if you like it..

Gazal said...


quite an impressive list there.
to do the tag,i'll have to do the following

1.lie about the no. of books i have read
2.lose my job coz my princi will prob throw me out after seeing the list.

will have to read a lot and ehn will take it up for sure

Preethi said...

wow.. you are well read.. my list wouldnt be even half as dark as yours!! :( Hitch Hikers is a must read... great book,I liked Catch 22 - interesting

Pavi!!!! said...

woow! very impressive list of books..n u seem to have read soooooo many!

I bought Gone with the Wind, Pride n Prejudice... n am waiting to get my hands on them..yet!

Thats a nice Q ...well, yes kind of. Age kinda matters. I think the way we interpret a book will change based off our age, wat we know/ have experiences as well wat frame of mind we are in at that point of time..
But its a reciprocal reaction as well. So sometimes the books we read make us grow...
I read FountainHead when i was 18...n it came to me at the rite time, changed a lot of things in life for me. U have read this one?Haven't u?

pink dogwood said...

Great post - I added the list to my blog as well :)

rayshma said...

nice list.. and a wonderfully long tag! :D

Karthik S said...

Oh my!!! you really do read a lot.

I think we tend to read books which suit our age...

Starting with tinkle,hardy boys, famous five, classics, and gradually move to others...

But, there are books which suits to every age....

Cheers :-)

Suma said...

:)...ohh yes...those really were the days...i had to finish any book i started...now of course a totally different story :(

i luv pride and prejudice too...its one which i've read and re-read zillion times :)
*with Age comes more understanding and the ability to decipher certain things better. *

true, but when you read a book ahead of time, i think it loses its impact...you may not like a truly brilliant book, because you may not have understood and that's a loss...

Suma said...

i knew that :D
japanese wife...is quite nice...its a collection of stories..and i've just started it for @5 weeks now

:) *will dwnd them*..what did this mean?

Suma said...

dunce, vunce kuchh nahin...this is not a personal list..neither are all books a must read...but some were absolutely favoriets when i was growing up

btw, you are an avid movie watcher..wish i could say the same for me..:(

Compassion Unlimitted said...

That was SUM( a ) list !
Me & books unfortunately poles apart..happy at least my friends are not like me !!

Suma said...

so many books to read... i've heard such conflicting reviews of lolita, that i must try and read it for myself...


keep this for that vacation which you always think you will take :D

Suma said...


i've been wanting to read hitch hiker's...for some reason i keep putting these books off for a more leisure read/..thees days i start a book...and another and then come back after a week...:(

i've read many..but seems like i've not read the ones which are worth reading :)
i've not yet read fountain head...almost bought it on many ocassions but then ended up buying other books...since i hear so many talking about it, i must read and see it for myself...

Suma said...

pink dogwood...

ohh!! you were on my mind when i first saw this tag and then when i finally got down to doing this, it completely slipped my mind...i'm so happy that you took it up...:)

lol...the things i do for my friends :)


i loved the hardy boys series too...and of course the enid blyton series...everyone of them...

Suma said...


that was SUM compliment too..:D


Prats said...

For the last one month since I 've shifted, I had lost control over my need to read...all because, I wouldn't be able to scourge through the unopened boxes of books...
But nwo seeing the list having so many unread ones...I think I better wake up.
So I did, by handling the tag first :D
Am I not smart????
Check it out

ceedy said...

Thats too much reading...damn...and I dont even know the alphabets properly :(

Anonymous said...

u have read soooo many :-}

i feel envious :-/

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