Tales from the Diaper Bag



Potential Reading Material for Nap Time?

I signed up for Facebook this weekend (I know, I know. . .I am waaaaaaaay late to that party). Anyhow, one of my friends posted a list of a books of which the Big Read estimates that the average American has only read six. I’ll say that I think the list is a little odd- several of the books are “girly” pulp fiction books (Bridget Jones Diary?) so I can’t get all that spun up that most Americans haven’t read more of these.  I’m doing better than the average, but in looking over the list I can see that I’ve never really given Dickens a chance.  How did I get through high school and college without having to read at least one book by that guy? 

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen …Yes
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien … No
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte …Yes
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling …Yes
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee … Yes
6 The Bible …Yes
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte …Yes
8 1984 – George Orwell … Yes
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman … No
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens …No
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott … No
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy …No
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller … Yes
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare … some
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier … Yes
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien … Yes
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks … No
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger ..Yes
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger … Yes
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot …No
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell …Yes
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald … Yes
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens …No
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy …No
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams …No
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh … No
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky …No
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck … No
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll … No
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame …No
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy …No
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens …No
33 The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis …Yes
34 Emma – Jane Austen …Yes
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen …Yes
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe … Yes
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini … Yes
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres … Yes
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden …Yes
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne …Yes
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell … Yes
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown … Yes
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez … Yes
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving … No
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins … No
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery …Yes
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy … No
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood … No
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding … Yes
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan …No
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel …No
52 Dune – Frank Herbert … No
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons … No
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen …Yes
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth … No
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon … Yes
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens …No
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley … Yes
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon …No
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez … Yes
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck … Yes
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov … No
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt … No
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold … No
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas …Yes
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac …No
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy …No
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding … Yes
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie … No
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville … No
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens …No
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker … No
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett …No
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson … No
75 Ulysses – James Joyce …No
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath …No
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome … No
78 Germinal – Emile Zola … No
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray … No
80 Possession – AS Byatt … Yes
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens …No
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell … No
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker …No
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro … No
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert …No
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry … No
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White … Yes
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom … No
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle …Yes
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton … No
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad … No
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupe …Yes
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks … No
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams … No
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole … No
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute … No
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas ..No
98 Hamlet –– Shakespeare … Yes
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl. ..Yes
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo …Yes
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  1. * Kim says:

    I’m impressed by the number of “have reads” on your list…I have to BEG you to give Dickens a chance, though. Start with Great Expectations. It’s not a quick read, but it’s not like trying to decipher 18th century case law, either. I think you will come away with the same opinion I have of Dickens: he is the master of plot. Or you will hate it, in which case you can just blame me. But I think you will really like it.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago
  2. * vic says:

    Oh emm gee. read his dark materials. seriously. you will LOVE it.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago


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