100 books isn’t that much.. not really.

Readers like us read that in a year, if not less. So I shouldn’t really complain. Plus I know I’ve read some of these so that’ll break it down as well.

Diving into said list-
Red are the ones I’ve read
Blue are ones I want to read
Green I am not going to read!
Black are all the others I haven’t read

  1. “1984” by George Orwell : I consider this one of the first post-apocalyptic novels. Disturbing but fascinating. Worth re-reading IMO.
  2. “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking : I’ve read parts of this but not the whole thing. In my lifetime I’ll  finish it, hopefully.
  3. “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” by Dave Eggers: Definitely want to read.
  4. “A Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah : Yeaaaaah. I’m not sure on this one. It’s one of those “should read” but not want to read.
  5. “A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition” by Lemony Snicket: Cute. Epic? um. 
  6. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle: I know I’ve read this but can’t remember reading it. Time for re-read.
  7. “Alice Munro: Selected Stories” by Alice Munro 
  8. “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll: I think everyone knows the story even if you haven’t read the book.
  9. “All the President’s Men” by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
  10. “Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir” by Frank McCourt: Couldn’t finish it. Too depressing.
  11. “Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret” by Judy Blume: I think all teenage girls have to read this.
  12. “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett
  13. “Beloved” by Toni Morrison
  14. “Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall
  15. “Breath, Eyes, Memory” by Edwidge Danticat
  16. “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller: I wonder how some people haven’t read these?
  17. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl: Classic!
  18. “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White: Classic!
  19. “Cutting For Stone” by Abraham Verghese
  20. “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brene Brown
  21. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1” by Jeff Kinney
  22. “Dune” by Frank Herbert: One of my favorite books of all time. The original movie and series were pretty good too.
  23. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury: I’m a fan of these social commentary books and they’re the kind of classics and iconic books that I think belong on these lists. Beyond Dickens, Austen, Irving  (sorry).
  24. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream” by Hunter S. Thompson
  25. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn: SERIOUSLY?! I hate this book. SO MUCH! I liked the wife getting revenge (I’m a scorpio and can dig that kind of wrath of god hatred) but the author took a wrong turn in the last third. Ruined the book in her typical way.
  26. “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown: I wonder who hasn’t read this. 
  27. “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens: NEVER AGAIN DICKENS! Never again.
  28. “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies” by Jared M. Diamond
  29. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling: I really like the Harry Potter series for easy, very light reading.
  30. “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote: Heh. I read this about 3 months ago not realizing what an influential book it was. I thought it was a random true crime book and oddly verbosely detailed. My mom commented she’d read it and I thought “really? this random book?” 
  31. “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri
  32. “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison
  33. “Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth” by Chris Ware
  34. “Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain: Again one of my favorite books that I’ve read numerous times. I bet he’ll be shocked to see it on the list, but it’s one I whole heartedly recommend.
  35. “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson
  36. “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder: I’m passing on this one. Won’t be reading.
  37. “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov: Ahh, the birth of the deep seated psychological daddy issues.
  38. “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  39. “Love Medicine” by Louise Erdrich
  40. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl
  41. “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris: This made me laugh. Sedaris is a funny, funny guy. I am surprised to see it here though.
  42. “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides
  43. “Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie
  44. “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis
  45. “Of Human Bondage” by W. Somerset Maugham
  46. “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac
  47. “Out of Africa” by Isak Dinesen: I know I read this but can’t remember it.
  48. “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi
  49. “Portnoy’s Complaint” by Philip Roth
  50. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen: UGH! Not a fan. 
  51. “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson
  52. “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut: With the other classics (Bradbury, Orwell, Heller) it definitely is a must-read for social dynamics which sadly haven’t changed at all.
  53. “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  54. “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton
  55. “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon
  56. “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  57. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  58. “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz
  59. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
  60. “The Color of Water” by James McBride
  61. “The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen
  62. “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson
  63. “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Anne Frank: Can you make it out of high school without reading this?
  64. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
  65. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  66. “The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman
  67. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I have blocked this from memory. 
  68. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood: A really fascinating book but I found it overall depressing. Worth reading but not something I want to read again.
  69. “The House At Pooh Corner” by A. A. Milne: 
  70. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins: I loved it though I think Battle Royale deserved the spot on the list instead.
  71. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot
  72. “The Liars’ Club: A Memoir” by Mary Karr
  73. “The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)” by Rick Riordan: Saw the movie?
  74. “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Great children’s book. Bought it recently for my nieces. 
  75. “The Long Goodbye” by Raymond Chandler: Anything by Chandler is a win with me. Not my favorite of his because really the Maltese Falcon was passed up for this one? But good nonetheless.
  76. “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11” by Lawrence Wright : um. One day.
  77. “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien: Iconic fantasy. Who’s read this with the movie out? In this case the movie matches the books in many ways.
  78. “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales” by Oliver Sacks
  79. “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” by Michael Pollan
  80. “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster
  81. “The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel” by Barbara Kingsolver
  82. “The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York” by Robert A. Caro
  83. “The Right Stuff” by Tom Wolfe
  84. “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy: I feel proprietary about this since I read it before it won the Pulitzer and was made into a bad movie. It’s wonderful though. Moved me to tears and it’s a book I cherish.
  85. “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt
  86. “The Shining” by Stephen King : Interesting this is chosen from all potential King novels. Again, it’s not my favorite of his but probably chosen for the creepy factor. I think he’s written better books than this. Not to mention who actually READ it vs seeing the movie?
  87. “The Stranger” by Albert Camus
  88. “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway: Read so long ago I don’t remember it so will re-read.
  89. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien
  90. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
  91. “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame
  92. “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel” by Haruki Murakami
  93. “The World According to Garp” by John Irving: Ugh. I didn’t really like this. I don’t see why it made the list.
  94. “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion
  95. “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe
  96. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee : Another high school classic that retains relevancy. 
  97. “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand
  98. “Valley of the Dolls” by Jacqueline Susann
  99. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein: Another children’s classic. Required when growing up I thought.
  100. “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak: I want to say I’ve read this but I can’t remember doing so. Re-read time!

So I’ve read 34 out of 100. That’s not that many. I thought I’d have read more. There are a handful I just don’t remember so I can’t really count them as read and more that I’ve actively avoided (yes, I avoid Austen). 9 of them are books I’ve had my eye on and thinking about getting around to reading anyway.

That leaves over half as “should reads” which we’ll see. I’ll check them out and maybe even start them so I can be a well rounded literate but again… why can’t this list be m/m? hehe

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One thought on “100 books isn’t that much.. not really.

  1. Tam says:

    Well, I’ve only read 14. The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Really? I wonder about these lists sometimes. Good luck.

    I have not read Catch-22, Are you there God, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye or Lord of the Rings. This fact probably makes me ineligible for some exclusive club somewhere.

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