Idea from Planet Millie
Books. I love books, if you haven’t noticed yet. Here’s another book list, this time from Amazon. I’m pretty sure I haven’t read a lot of these, but we’ll see, right? (Bold for finished, italics for started and not finished)
1. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
I never got into this book. Everyone in my family read this, my father kept asking me to find him copies of the whole series and my brothers were really into it, but when I tried reading it, I just didn’t like it.
2. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Yes, it’s a sad book. But I liked it. It’s not life-changing good, but it’s a good read
3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
One of my favorite books from childhood. I love this book a lot.
4. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Weirdly, enough, haven’t read this yet.
5. The tiger who came to tea – Judith Kerr
6. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
7. Nineteen eighty-four – George Orwell
Read this and enjoyed it. I can pinpoint the general time I first read it, that’s weird.
8. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nope. I keep meaning to read this, but I always forget about it when I’m picking a book to read.
9. We’re going on a bear hunt – Michael Rosen
10. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
11. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Oh, god. We had to watch the movie of this when I was in 2nd or 3rd year high school. I think it pretty much scarred me for life. I can’t read it, I just can’t
12. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole – Sue Townsend
13. Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt
14. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
15. The Hare with the Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal
16. Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
17. A brief history of time – Stephen Hawking
I love this book. But I really do think you have to be a huge science nerd like I am to really enjoy it. I’ve read and re-read this a few times because you just don’t get everything in one sitting. I love how it gets to the fun parts of science without having to get into the nitty-gritty of the math, unlike textbooks. Reading it also makes me realize just how incredible human brains can be
18. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
Nope. Again, I keep thinking about wanting to read this then forgetting
19. Cider with Rosie – Laurie Lee
20. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
21. Long walk to freedom – Nelson Mandela
22. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
23. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
Read this. But the story I always remember when it comes to this is one of my father’s university professors assigning this book (and only this book) as the reading for one whole semester. That must’ve been exhausting.
24. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
I hate the Bronte sisters’ books. I have no idea why people like them.
25. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
This book is awesome
26. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
27. The man who mistook his wife for a hat – Oliver Sacks
28. Bad Science – Ben Goldacre
29. Never let me go – Kazuo Ishiguro
30. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
A family favorite. This is the first fantasy series I ever read and finished and I love to re-read it. I really associate Tolkien with a lot of things in my childhood since The Hobbit was the first novel I ever read, even though it took me weeks (or was it months) to finish it.
31. The Enchanted Wood – Enid Blyton
32. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
I don’t think I ever finished this
33. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
I just started reading this!
34. The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
35. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
For the longest time I associated Austen with the Brontes and I kept away from her books (I know, that was stupid of me). Thanks to rewatching Wishbone in uni, I read this and I loved it. I’ve also read all her other books by now.
36. Crime and Punishment – F. M. Dostoevsky
My father had a complete Dostoevsky collection. I remember starting most of them, but never finishing them
37. Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz
Haven’t read this
38. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
39. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
40. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
I was freaking scared of this as a kid. Still read it though.
41. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
Haven’t read it. But I think we have one of his other books. I remember the name
42. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
This is hilarious. I used to grab one of the five books of this ‘trilogy’ whenever I wanted something light to read.
43. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
44. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Nope. But I have been wanting to read this
45. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
46. Dissolution – C. J. Sansom
47. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
I love this book. Especially for the ‘I believe’ speech. ‘I can believe in things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe in things where nobody knows if they’re true or not’ (typed that from memory, it might not be completely accurate)
48. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
49. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
50. Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeanette Winterson
51. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Love this. For the longest time, my (big now) little brother would only read Roald Dahl books and we had all of them!
52. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Read this during that classics phase I went through in high school.
53. A History of the World in 100 Objects – Dr Neil MacGregor
54. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
55. The Stand – Stephen King
Haven’t read this, but I like most of King’s books (not so much his later ones). I have this huge problem with reading Stephen King because horror books make it very hard for me to sleep at night, but I like his writing so I keep reading them.
56. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
57. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
58. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
59. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
60. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
Read this as a kid
61. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
62. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
63. London: The Biography – Peter Ackroyd
64. Wild Swans – Jung Chang
65. The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett
I keep meaning to read Discworld, but haven’t gotten around to it
66. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
67. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John le Carre
I liked this book
68. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
Haven’t read this one yet.
69. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Sad, sad book
70. Atonement – Ian McEwan
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
72. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
I liked reading this, but I think it was my little brother who absolutely loved this series. He was a lot younger when he started reading this, so that must be a factor.
73. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
74. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
High school classics phase
75. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
76. Do androids dream of electric sheep? – Philip K. Dick
Another book I keep meaning to read
77. Watchmen – Alan Moore
I liked this, but I decided that I would never read it again because it was depressing.
78. Little Women – Louise May Alcott
‘A classic. I have read it, and I cried. Pretty much the standard response.’ <- what Millie said
79. London Fields – Martin Amis
80. Venice – Jan Morris
81. Knots and Crosses – Ian Rankin
82. Watership Down – Richard Adams
I keep meaning to read this
83. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
84. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
85. The Hound of Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
We used to have the whole Sherlock Holmes collection. I love reading Sherlock
86. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
87. Schlinder’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
88. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
Read this, of course.
89. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
90. Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne
I love Winnie-the-Pooh.
91. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
Read this, of course
92. Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian
93. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
94. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
95. Birdsong – Sebastien Faulks
96. Last Orders – Graham Swift
97. The Time Machine – H. G. Wells
I remember reading this for the first time and it was like a light bulb switched on in my head when he was explaining the dimensions.
98. My Man Jeeves – P. G. Wodehouse
99. The Commitments – Roddy Doyle
100. The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy
Gaah. I can’t believe I’ve only read a fourth of these books.