Nothing like a list to finish off the year…


It’s New Year’s Eve, and we are off later to a party, curries, bubbles and dancing. So a quick post while I relax.

Can’t begin really to recount the year – I need to look through posts and images and reflect on 2013 some more.

But in the meantime, ta da…a list…and a book list- this from Book Riot – Go from zero to well-read in 100 books – and a list that I didn’t see when originally posted in June this year.

This list attempts to define ‘well read” – “…‘Well-read’ for this person then has a number of connotations: a familiarity with the monuments of Western literature, an at least passing interest in the high-points of world literature, a willingness to experience a breadth of genres, a special interest in the work of one’s immediate culture, a desire to share in the same reading experiences of many other readers, and an emphasis on the writing of the current day”.


The list, in alphabetical order: with a big yes at the end of those I have read, and some comments on some of the others…

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, do I confess to never having read MT? Never read.
  2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, yeswell some of them
  3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, I do have this
  4. All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque, great movie, reckon I probably should
  5. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay  by Michael Chabon
  6. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy yes, great book!
  8. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  9. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand well sort of yes, in my youth
  10. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath yes
  11. Beloved by Toni Morrison should have, read at book group but away/absent…
  12. Beowulf
  13. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak yes, another great book and looking forward to the movie
  14. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley yes
  15. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz another book group one, but I didn’t finish…
  16. Call of the Wild  by Jack London yes
  17. Candide by Voltaire yes
  18. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer yes, some at uni years ago and really enjoyed
  19. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, no but Carl has all Ian Fleming titles so probably should sometime
  20. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, another bookgroup one I didn’t get to..again, was I away for this?
  21. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger yes!
  22. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White yes
  23. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  24. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
  25. The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
  26. The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor 
  27. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen – I do own and have yet tor ead
  28. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky yes
  29. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown yes
  30. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller yes
  31. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  32. Dream of Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
  33. Dune by Frank Herbert
  34. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer yes, love JSF
  35. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury have I, if not, I should, we have copies of this
  36. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  37. Faust by Goethe
  38. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley yes
  39. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, no, but have seen the series…
  40. The Golden Bowl by Henry James, no, but have read other HJ
  41. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, again, not this one, but am reading Doris Lessing now!
  42. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  43. The Gospels, yes- not cover to cover nor chapter to chapter…
  44. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck yes, loved
  45. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, yes
  46. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, yes loved
  47. Hamlet by William Shakespeare, yes
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, yes
  49. Harry Potter & The Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, yes
  50. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  51. The Help by Kathryn Stockett, yes
  52. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  53. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, yes
  54. House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  55. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  56. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  57. if on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
  58. The Iliad by Homer
  59. Inferno by Dante
  60. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  61. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  62. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, I should read, the snippets of WW I have read are just lovely
  63. Life of Pi by Yann Martel, yes
  64. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, yes
  65. The Little Prince by Antoine  de Saint-Exepury, put off by this, as an ex manager loved this! Not the best of reasons I know but I didn’t like their management style…
  66. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, yes
  67. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  68. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  69. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, I won a copy, and yet to read
  70. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  71. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, not this particular VW
  72. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, yes
  73. The Odyssey by Homer
  74. Oedipus the King by Sophocles
  75. On the Road by Jack Kerouac, ye!
  76. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster, yes!
  77. The Pentateuch
  78. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, yes!
  79. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  80. The Road by Cormac McCarthy, yes!
  81. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, yes
  82. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  83. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  84. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, no WF…
  85. The Stand by Stephen King
  86. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, yes
  87. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  88. Their Eyes Were Watching by Zora Neale Hurston
  89. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  90. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  91. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, yes!!
  92. Ulysses by James Joyce
  93. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, yes
  94. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  95. Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
  96. Watchmen by Alan Moore
  97. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  98. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, yes!
  99. 1984 by George Orwell, and yes
  100. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Not going to count these up, but an interesting, US centric list.

Lists…they are never going away.

And are huge at this time of the year!

Happy new Year to each and every one of you xx

Peace and love and big, big hugs xx

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