Thursday, October 2, 2008

Big Read's Top 100 Books

I saw this list over at Mama Dawg’s – and I knew it had my name all over it. I took to the internet to find out more about this group and how they came up with this list. It kinda reminds me of that Entertainment Weekly list of 100 top movies that I wrote about back in July. But as I read more, I found that the list was compiled by reader nominations and votes through the BBC. Which sort of explains a lot of the omissions. And the plethora of British authors. And authors I have never heard of.

I have underlined the books I’ve read. And italicized the books I want to read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - One of the main reasons I decided to participate in the 888 challenge this year was to expand my horizons to include Jane Austen. Because she kinda scares me. My book club read Emma last month. And I struggled with every single word. With the 500 word sentences. That also included 250 adjectives. It just made my eyes glaze. And made me want to avoid Jane in the future.

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - I tried. I really tried. I thought it was another book that I should read. But a part of me is convinced that you must have a y chromosome to muck through these.

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - Yippee...finally one on the list I have read. And loved.

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - I talked about this book last week. And about how my teacher told us the end. I am so glad that I picked it back up again as an adult. What an amazing, riveting story.

6 The Bible - I don't think I can mark this one as read. I have read bits and pieces of it. But not the entire thing.

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - I read this one without it being required. And I just loved it. Truly defines gothic.

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - this one is on my 888 list - just haven't gotten there yet.

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman - another one from my 888 list. And part of me wants to see what all the fuss is about.

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott - I read this for the first time this year. And I did not like it. It is sickeningly sweet. So saccahrine as to give me a headache. You read how much Jo is one of the best loved characters in American literature. And I was so very irritated by her.

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare - has anyone read the complete works? The complete works? Except maybe a Shakespearan professor? I think I've read 4 or 5 - and seen another few performed.

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier - I actually own this. And want to read it. Why do I know the opening line? "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - see number 2

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger- I read this in the 7th grade. I think I was too young to get the angst of Holden Caufield. I should read it again.

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - I *loved* this book. Brad and Jennifer bought the rights to it back when they were married. I am not sure how this would come across as a movie.

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell - I read this when I was about twenty. I wasn't expecting much, because, honestly, I didn't like the movie. But, oh, wow. If you haven't read this, you must. I actually stayed up till 2am reading it. It is completely mesmerizing.

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - wow, I read this one forever ago. And my book club is reading one of his short stories, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - such a funny series. Which also answers the question of "what is the meaning of life?"

26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - read this for Freshman English - and did my big term paper on it. And I still have that term paper. Wonder if I could sell it somewhere...

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - Another one on my 888 challenge list

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - I have issues with books that Oprah picks. Should this be one that I make an exception for?

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - I am embarrased to say that I have never read these. I remember being in the fourth grade and everyone was reading these or Nancy Drew. I abstained from both. Not sure what I read instead. But I do recall trying to read the first one and being bored. Maybe I should try again sometime.

34 Emma - Jane Austen - the book that convinced me that I don't like Jane Austen. I do like the movie. But I don't think that counts.

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen - if I can't get through "Pride and Prejudice" or "Emma," I don't think I'll get through this one.

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis why does this one get two listings?

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - An amazing story. An amazing storyteller. And a very contrived ending. But it was a happy ending. I have his second book "A thousand Splendid Suns" on my shelf.

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres - I didn't even know there was this book. I know that Nicholas Cage was in the movie.

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - The art and artistry of this novel goes hand in hand with that of an actual geisha. I love the attention to detail and that I could really "see" the characters.

40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne - Does watching the Disney series with my kids count? How about getting Eeyore's autograph at Disney World? Thought so...

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell - Katie and I both read this last spring when we were learning about totalitarian governments. We both enjoyed it. But the illustrations in our edition were gross.

42 The DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - A fun, fast paced book. BUT...I am not sure that I would rank it in the top 100 books.

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Yuck. This book felt like it took 100 years to read.

44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving - Love this book. Really gave me a perspective on both faith and the life we CHOOSE to live.

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - Again, I am not sure how I have not managed to read this. Katie has read it. But I haven't.

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood - I have this fascination with post-apocalyptic novels. And this is one of the best.

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding - I read this in 6th grade. And again in 9th. I think it was the first book I read that I TRULY got the symbolism.

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan - I hated this book. I just wanted to throw it against the wall. Debbie over at This is the Life asked for my opinion on it. But she read it anyway. And then sent me an email saying she should have listened to me.

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel - Besides being absolutely captivating and mesmerizing, this book has some of the most thought provoking questions provided in the back of the book (a favorite being: “what color is your religion?”). In light of “A Million Little Pieces” this book asks which is better – the plain story or the embellished one? And who is to say which one is the truth?

52 Dune - Frank Herbert - another y chromosome book. This along with LOTR was my father's favorite.

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 - My book club had discussed the possibility of doing a year of reading around the world. And I bought this book by the Spanish author. But, things changed...and the book is still on my shelf.

57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - I read this a long time ago. And Katie read it a few years ago. I remember her struggling with it. And then getting into it. But my favorite question from her was "why does it keep switching back and forth between chapters on London and Paris?" Gee, hun...I just don't know...

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - I find it shocking that this book was written so long ago. It is completely relevant to today. The way we do scientific research. The way that we try to have everyone follow certain "norms." And our reactions to people who behave in a way that does not coincide with what our own culture dictates.

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon - Great insight into the mind of an autistic teen.

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - "100 Years of..." makes me leary. I think I hold a grudge against authors if I don't like them on the first try.

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov - Who doesn't know the story? I'd love to read it. But I am intimidated by the prose.

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt - This is one of my absolute favorite books. On the surface it's a mystery novel (in reverse - meaning you know who dies in the beginning - and then you see how it all came to be). But deeper, it's full of all the elements of a Greek tragedy. And asks a fabulous question : "Does such a thing as 'the fatal flaw,' that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn't. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs."

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - Another book that absolutely enthralled me. But I don't think I'd put it on a top 100 list.

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac - There is something about this book that just seems so dated. Anyone read it?

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding - I think that this is what propelled Chick Lit to the forefront. Especially books written in first person. It is laugh out loud funny. But the sequel - "The Edge of Reason" - while a horrid movie - is funnier than the first as a book. I laughed so hard in places, I cried.

69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie - Another yuck book. But...when my book club read it, we had the absolute best discussion. Maybe because we all agreed that it was horrible.

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens - Can I underline this even though I didn't read the last two chapters due to an inept teacher?

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker - I have this one on my 888 list as well. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it. (Sorry. Couldn't resist. Fangs for your forgiveness.)

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson - I love Bill Bryson. But this is one of my least favorites. Maybe because I am not English. My favorite is "A Walk in the Woods" about his hike of the Appalachain trail.

75 Ulysses - James Joyce - I have heard so much about this book. And how difficult it is. Doesn't make me want to try.

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 - Another book I just love. And so, so much better than the movie.

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro - I have not read the book (though it's on my list for this year) but I have seen the movie (with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson).

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry - Another Oprah book. I should have known it would not be my cup of tea.

87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White - The end always makes me teary. Even though I know what is coming. We read this to the kids before we took them to see the movie. Madalyn was so not prepared for what happens to Charlotte.

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom - another tear jerker. Sweet, sweet story. But another that I am not sure of why they are here.

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Is this a series or one book? I have read "The Hound of the Baskervilles." And in high school, we watched the movie. As we were watching it, two dogs came charging into our classroom. Sending our teacher SCREAMING to the top of her desk. Hilarious. And somehow, I do believe it was mere coincidence - and not planned at all.

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery - I am not sure that I understand the European fascination with this book. I have a German friend whose son's room is decorated in the art work from this book. Including a comforter brought from home. Can someone explain it to me?

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams - Another of my favorites. I don't understand the marketing of the book to children. I even saw the cartoon as a child and it scared me. It is a bloody story about the quest for freedom vs. tyranny; about logic and reason vs blind emotion (and especially emotional devotion to a person or way of doing things.) There was even a sequel called "Tales from Watership Down" that was also really good - and if you can imagine, a little darker than the original.

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole - Winner of the pulitzer prize and on my 888 list.

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare - I can quote so much from this play. Why? I have no idea! But, why is this here when the complete works of Shakespeare is in the top ten?

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So, what about you? What is missing from this list? What book are you surprised to see on such a list? A few days ago Jyl emailed me and said that we have a lot in common - reading being a big one. And then she asked me to name my top five books. Ack! I think it changes daily. Can you name your top five books?

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Theme song: Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and since this list is so long, you might need two how about: Sting's "Moon over Bourbon Street" which is about one of my favorite books - Anne Rice's "Interview with a Vampire."


Lula! said...


No Twilight? No Westing Game?


My Top Five:
Gone With the Wind--Mitchell
The Westing Game--Ellen Raskin
Twilight Saga--Meyer
Mark of the Lion Trilogy--Francine Rivers
Redeeming Love--Francine Rivers

p.s. Loved The Handmaid's Tale...very creepy, very good.

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

I think the list was composed about five years perhaps we can forgive them. And I have "The Westing Game" on my shelf and next in line.

And here is my top five list. Which might be different from what I said to Jyl the other day:

1. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
2. Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
3. Kindred by Octavia Butler
4. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
5. Things Fall apart by Chinua Achebe

I can't believe that none of the above was on the top 100 list. Well there is a lot that I am surprised about.

Jen said...

Wow, you read A LOT! I enjoy reading but definitely not as much as you. That is some list. I wish you luck in accomplishing that one.

sassy stephanie said...

Sigh. Third time I've seen this list this week. Third time I have felt inadequate. Sigh.

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

Jen and Stephanie--I really hope that you don't feel inadequate! Because it's not my list. Nor is it a list of books I've read. Or want to read. It's just a list of books the BBC put out. And I haven't even read half of them. And I haven't even heard of so many of these.

I'd still love to know YOUR favorite books.

Unknown said...

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Marvin K Mooney Will You Please Go Now

Romona Quimby

Are You There God It's Me Margaret

Why Do Mosquitos Buzz In People's Ears?

Shannon said...

I think my Top 5 would change often... but for today, my list would be:

Harry Potter series
Twilight saga
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Tall Woman by Wilma Dykeman
Little House on the Prairie series

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

Lizzy--Don't you love Judy Blume? I haven't thought about her books in Forever. (Hey...a pun!) I bet Katie would like Margaret...

Susan said...

You and I are pretty close with what we have read.

Rhea said...

I haven't read the post yet, I just had to comment. THIS POST IS LATE!! I'd given up on you posting today. Bad Kat. :o)

I tease because I love, of course.

Rhea said...

I just finished reading The HOST, and I LOVED it. I was sobbing towards the end. I just really ended up liking it, after a slow beginning.

Swirl Girl said...

I have actually read more than I thought I had! I am smarter than the average bear Boo-Boo!

I would add Wally Lamb's two novels I Know This Much is True and She's Come Undone. Both are amazing reads.

Swirl Girl said...

I also would add John Knowles' : A Separate Peace and everything by Pat Conroy.

I saved some books from my youth that had a major effect on me..for my kids -
the Chronicles of Narnia (box set)
A Catcher in the Rye
The Great Gatsby and
Are You There God? , It's Me Margaret

Unknown said...

Books I'm surprised not to see on the list are ...

'The Bone People' - Keri Hulme

'Shadow Of The Moon' and/or 'The Far Pavillions' - MM Kaye

Books by Rosemary Sutcliffe . She wrote mainly for young readers (tween to teen) and it was her books that really sparked my interest in reading at around age 10. I really devoured her books..

Unknown said...

We read both 'Anna Karenina' and 'War and Peace' at High School.

I was one of the few in the class that loved the books. :-)

Unknown said...

Another lot of books that I loved, were 'The Scarlett Pimpernel' and it's sequels, by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. They were wonderful...

“They seek him here, they seek him there,
“those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
“Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
“That damned elusive Pimpernel.”

Which is from the poem 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' by Sir Percy Blakeney ...

Unknown said...

Also missing from the list is two other novels by Nevil Shute 'On The Beach' and 'The Far Country' ..

Can't believe they left those two out !!

Jenny said...

When I look at lists like this (and I love them because I get ideas of what I need to get next), I get all anxious because I would find it very difficult to make a top 5 or 10 or 100. They would change every week too.
So books I love:
*anything by Tim Winton
*Lord of the Rings trilogy
*Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, by Peter Hoeg
*Life of Pi
*A Fortunate Life, by AB Facey
*The Chronicles of Narnia (give them a try!)

PS: I liked Atonement
PSS: I'll remember lots during the night that I have forgotten to mention.

Unknown said...

And what about 'The Thorn Birds' by Colleen McCullough. Why isn't she on there????

Brian and Staci said...

YIKES!!! This is why you are so read so much! I'm serious when I say that too! I think people who read are really smart people. (I read magazines...she says sadly) Hey...thanks so much for you kind and sweet words on my spotlight day. I'm so thankful to "know" you Kat! You make my day! And I'm soooo sorry about your flat tire...I had one about a month ago and it happened on the busiest day I could've imagined. How DO tires know how to do that to you? Hope your Thursday was a better day :)

I Love Purple More Than You said...

I'd have to agree with Lula... where is Twilight? ;)

But I must say... I LOVE Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy. LOVE IT. (and of course Harry Potter)

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

Shannon--I *love* the Little House series. And you know, even though Katie is an avid reader, I cannot convince her to read these! I have not heard of the The Tall Woman.

Rhea--I loved the Host, too. I'd still love to see your top five list. (Isn't it hard to do that??)

Swirl Girl--Wally Lamb is the only author that Oprah introduced me to that I liked. Only one...

Karen--I have had "The Bone People" on my list for a while. And I keep pushing it back because of the mixed reviews on Amazon. And Nevil Shute has a book on this list - I have *never* heard of him. I am going to have to look him up.

And re The Scarlet Pimpernel - have you read the series of books by Lauren Willig? The first is called "The Secret History of the Pink Carnation?" They are very fun.

Jenny - you liked LOTR and Atonement? :-) There goes my y chromosome theory!

Staci--I do think that reading does prepare one to do well at trivia. I get all kinds of useless tidbits from reading. But, it's something that I love to do. And you read more than magazines. You read blogs. That has to count for something. Please tell me it counts for something!

Journey--Twilight couldn't be on this list because it was compiled before it was written. But, based on what you do like, have you read "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman And Terry Pratchett? It is hilarious. A mix of Hitchiker and Monty Python humor. And ever so funny...

Lauren W said...

So... I seriously love this list!
Also, I just want to throw something out there for you. Feel free to throw it right back if you're not into it... If you ever get some crazy adventerous whim and feel like trying Tolkien again, might I suggest that you read The Hobbit instead of LOTR. I find that it's more enjoyed by my female friends (even the ones who are not LOTR fans).
Have a happy day!

Rhea said...

Bleeping Bloody bleep. How did I end up in third place?!! Motherbleepity.

Rhea said...

I need to be working on a free-lance assignment right now that's due Monday...but no, I'm here at YOUR site, trying to get back up on top. What's wrong with me?

Oh, yeah, I'm a comment whore.

Rhea said...

You can pimp me out. I'm for hire.

Rhea said...

Oh, heck, do your kids read this?!

Rhea said...

You're my best bloggy friend EVER!

Rhea said...

Should I put BlogHer ads on my site?

Debbie said...

Top Five???

I'm not sure I can come up with five...Like Swirl Girl, I love everything by Pat Dad was friends with his Dad and his books are so rich in character development and drama that I just get lost in them. "Lords of Discipline" is one of my faves.

I love a "Tale of Two Cities" and "Gone with the Wind"..."Kitchen God's Wife" by Amy Tan along with "the Joyluck Club" are also great.

"Tale of Two Cities" is one of my faves also. I loved Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns...and Memoirs of a Geisha...oh geez..I don't know that I could think of five faves...

But my least fave book ever is that awful ATONEMENT!!!!!!

Debbie said...

Top Five???

I'm not sure I can come up with five...Like Swirl Girl, I love everything by Pat Dad was friends with his Dad and his books are so rich in character development and drama that I just get lost in them. "Lords of Discipline" is one of my faves.

I love a "Tale of Two Cities" and "Gone with the Wind"..."Kitchen God's Wife" by Amy Tan along with "the Joyluck Club" are also great.

"Tale of Two Cities" is one of my faves also. I loved Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns...and Memoirs of a Geisha...oh geez..I don't know that I could think of five faves...

But my least fave book ever is that awful ATONEMENT!!!!!!

jennifersusan said...

Well, like so many other, I read A LOT. I was surprised to see how many on that list I have actually read. I did make it through the LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit (I actually read half of those on my honeymoon--weird, eh?). I loved The Time Traveler's Wife (and they were supposed to be filming that this summer). I did not read Dune, but I loved the mini-series that Sci-Fi did a few years ago. I have read the Chronicles of Narnia, and His Dark Materials and liked both. Okay so I really have to pick my top five? I dunno if I could. Like I said, I read..A LOT and love pretty much everything I read. here goes my try. Can I list series as one book?
1. The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind (I know, it's a guy thing but they were a really good escape).
2. Wicked
3. The Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke (I know she's only published 2 of the 3 but I know I'll love the third).
4. Gone With the Wind (of course)
5. the Harry Potter series.
I could probably list hundreds more (you should see my basement full of books--it's just like my parents), but I'll spare you all. :)

Shannon said...

How the HECK did this happen?!!?!???!?


Karen (77)
Rhea (75)
Tiffany (73)
Hot Tub Lizzy (55)
Shannon (25)

Shannon said...

Its not like I'm just a few comments behind...

I'm 30 comments off 4th place! And 50 from 1st!

Shannon said...

What is Rhea doing?????

Sissy said...

Kat, You know I love books, so this list was so much fun to read through. Here are my thoughts...

* You gotta get through Pride and Prejudice. You have to. It's like required reading for life or something.
* I absolutely hated She's Come Undone. Hated it. With a passion.
* I tend to like authors more than individual books, but here's an attempt at my favorite five...(in no particular order)

1. Memoirs of a Geisha
2. Alas, Babylon (if you like post-apocalyptic, this one's for you)
3. The Other Boleyn Girl (can't believe this list didn't include any Phillipa Gregory)
4. The Historian, by Anna Kostova (grown up vampire tale)
5. My Hands Came Away Red (a Christian novel, but one that kept me up all night)

Ok, so those were all adult choices, but I live in the kid-lit world, so here are my five favs in kid-lit

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (I am particular... I like them all, but that one is my favorite)
2. The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley (well done fantasy with a clumsy girl at the center of the story...Dragonhaven by this author is also excellent)
3. Speak
4. Flipped, Wendelin Van Draanen (such a marvelous tale of first love from two perspectives)
5. Anne of Green Gables and the successive books.

So, Twilight isn't on either list, and it isn't because I don't like it. I love it. But it has so eclipsed my world recently (no pun intended) that I needed to step back and remember what life was like before Meyer came along.

This comment took me almost 10 minutes to write because I had to think!

Angie's Spot said...

I love this post! I'm going to have to bookmark it for future review, when my bedside table pile dwindles. I can't name my Top 5 without sitting here for a year, but my fave book of all time is Catcher in the Rye. You should pick it up again.

Rhea said...

I've never heard of Birdsong or Brideshead. Or is it Birdhead and Bridesong?! Whatever.

Rhea said...

The Harry Potter series will always be magic for me. Seriously wonderful magic on paper.

Rhea said...

I've never read Wicked. I need to.

Nancy Drew introduced me to mysteries. I wanted to BE her.

Tiffany said...

hee hee. I've already lost my first place title but that's alright. I'm still coughing up dust balls from a few days ago. After recovering, I'll finish my comments.

Tiffany said...

But a top five is virtually impossible as my list continues to change with each title I think I want to add to it.

I would definitely have A Tale of Two Cities on it. I would most definitely have Catcher in the Rye on it. I loved the Harry Potter series. And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Hobbit. Can't say enough about it! Absolutely love it! Wow, there are so many that I think I would want to include - 5 is just so limiting. hee hee

Tiffany said...

Rhea's comments are too funny. Bleepity, bleep, bleep,bleeping all over the place. hee hee

The Joye of Teaching said...

I heart books! Top 5 right now?? You know I read too many YA books :)
- Time Traveler's Wife
- Twilight series
- Tuck Everlasting
- Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- To Kill a Mockingbird

Now you made me want to read The Life Pi-- what about the Secret Life of Bees?

Becky W said...

I am behind on commenting - I think I am going to have to add you to my side bar to keep up with you!! I love to read and while we have some similarities in favorites, we have some differences as well. I am going to make me a copy of this list and try to get some of these read, too. Anyways, my top 5? - can't narrow it down.

Little House
Chronicles of Narnia
Little Women
Anne of Green Gables
The Great Gatsby
anything by Jane Austen

Becky W said...

Forgot Harry Potter and anything by Francine Rivers

Sugar said...

*gasp!* No warriors? No Twilight? NO EDWARD OR SQUIRRELPAW?!? the people who wrore this have no taste =/ my top 5 so far:
Warrios: The Darkes Hour
Life as we Knew it
The mysterious Benidict Society (both boks)
Warriors: Midnight