Amazon’s 100 Books To Read

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.



A to Z Book Survey

I saw this book survey over at Planet Millie, and just couldn’t resist doing an entry about books because, let’s face it, books are a big deal for me.

Author you’ve read the most books from

Off the top of my head, I think it’d have to be Diana Wynne Jones, just because she has a whole bunch of books. (That’s discounting books like Nancy Drew or Babysitters Club).

Best sequel ever

King of Attolia from Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series. The first book, The Thief, was one of my favorite books as a kid, but I didn’t even know it was a series until I saw the next two books (Queen of Attolia and King of Attolia) at a bookstore when I was in uni. I loved the different take in King of Attolia and I still find it giggle-worthy whenever I re-read it.

Currently reading

Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer.

Drink of choice while reading

I don’t drink a lot while reading, but it’d have to be coffee, I guess?

E-reader or physical book

I love my kindle and I love the ease of kindles, but it’d still be physical books. I grew up in a house stuffed full of books and I love the memories that come with actually holding books. (Although, we lost a lot of our books in a major flood a couple of years back. I still mourn all the books we used to have)

Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school

Uh… Can’t really think of anyone

Glad you gave this book a chance

Pride and Prejudice. I remember reading one of the Brontes’ books in high school and that kind of prejudiced me against Victorian era books, so for the longest time I kind of avoided those kind of books. A few years back, I was watching Wishbone (Yes, it’s a kids’ series, but I used to watch it as a kid, don’t judge me. And I really think it’s a great kids’ show), and one of the episodes featured P&P, and I was all ‘oh shit, this Elizabeth girl is cool, I have to read the book!’ And I loved it. 🙂

Hidden gem book

I’m not sure what hidden gem is supposed to mean… A book that doesn’t get much credit? Uh… One of my favorite books since childhood that I don’t think a lot of people have read is Ellen Raskin’s Westing Game. It’s a great whodunit book with a lot of great twists and clues within clues

Important moment in your reading life

I was eight and in the second grade. My mom took me into their room, led me to one of the bookcases, pulled out an old novel, handed it to me, and told me to read it. It took me a looooong time to get through it, but I read it and fell in love. It was the first book that showed me that I could go reading through my parents’ bookshelves. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Just finished

Alex Scarrow’s TimeRiders 6: City of Shadows

Kinds of books you won’t read

Those romance novels that are all smut. I hate them. I have no problem with erotica, but I don’t like PWPs, I need a plot.

Longest book you’ve read

I’m not really sure, what with font sizes and book sizes. If we count Lord of the Rings as all one book, it’d be that. If not… Probably the unabridged Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Major book hangover because of

I remember that I was obsessed with The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper as a kid. I memorized all the poems, and daydreamed about Wales a lot (because of The Grey King).

Number of bookcases you own

Well, we don’t have bookcases anymore, since we moved after the flood. But our old house used to have five or six (just small bookcases).

One book you’ve read multiple times

I love re-reading favorite books, so there are a lot of these. Madeleine L’Engle books get re-read a lot, I used to go re-read some of my favorite series like The Prydain Chronicles and The Dark is Rising sequence a lot. Howl’s Moving Castle and The Westing Game. A lot, really.

Preferred place to read

In bed

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read

The latest quote that gave me the feels is “It would be a privelege to have my heart broken by you” from The Fault in Our Stars

Reading regret

I don’t really regret reading books. I don’t even regret Twilight, which I only read because I wanted to criticize it knowledgeably when faced with all those fangirls.

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series)

Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographic by James A. Owen. I loved the first book in this series, I got literal goosebumps by the end. The next books aren’t as awesome, but it’s still a pretty great series. I just can’t find the last book, and I have to re-read the whole series again before reading book 6.

Unapologetic fangirl for

I’m going to skip the things that people typically fangirl/fanboy over. It’d have to be Howl’s Moving Castle (I’ve got friends who can’t understand why I love it so much, but the whole playing around with the fantasy tropes in this book is just so much fun), Westmark trilogy (The Prydain books are more famous, but I love the gray-ness of the Westmark books, things were never just black and white. I loved how everyone was a mix of good and bad, and I never really knew who was truly ‘right’), and The Westing Game.

Very excited for this release more than all the others

Most of my favorite authors are dead, and I haven’t really been following any new series lately. It would have to be the next Heroes of Olympus book by Rick Riordan, but it’s not that I’m partically excited about it, just that it’s the only series I’m following right now.

Worst bookish habit

Starting a new book in the middle of reading another book. I do this a lot, and sometimes I forget where I am in one of the books I’m simultaneously reading.

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

Ugh. I don’t have my own bookshelf anymore, and the bookshelf is downstairs.

Your latest book purchase

The first 3 books of The Missing series by Margaret Petersen Haddix (I really liked her Shadow Children series, so I decided to give it a go. Also, I got each book for Php30, around 75 cents US, so it was a total steal)

Zzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I only started it because I wanted to fall asleep and figured that I’d read a couple of chapters and go to sleep. I ended up finishing the book at 3am, sobbing like my heart was breaking.

More Mini Book Charms!

I’m having too much fun making these. 😀 More mini book charms! (These do not include the three that I made as prezzies for K. Those are already all wrapped up.)

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Also, I figured out an easier way to make pages. Instead of cutting out one piece and folding it in half, I used a larger sheet and folded it into a four page booklet with the thickness of eight pages. (I used this method)

I need something new to obsess over. I might end up making a charm for every single one of my favorite books if I don’t stop obsessing over these mini book charms.

Mini Book Charms (with tutorial)

I’ve got two friends who are celebrating their birthdays soon and I decided (as usual) to make their presents. The first one was easy, I just stenciled the Lord of the Rings inscription along the hem of a black shirt. Since I’d already given them the same present last year, I decided I had to think of a different present for the second one this year.

Luckily, I remembered one of my friends linking to one of those online shops that sell mini book charms and I remember thinking back then ‘Hey, I could make that’. So, I decided to make a book charm necklace for the second friend. (The thing with friends who love books is that there are a lot of choices for book-related presents). I decided to go with Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, but of course, I couldn’t just make one, hence the abundance of mini book charms

The Stargirl charm is 1.5" tall, the others are all 1" tall

The Stargirl charm is 1.5″ tall, the others are all 1″ tall

Details and tutorial inside

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