Kailani's Written World wants to compile a Bloggers' Top Ten List of books we could not live without. She took her idea from the Guardian poll below, which also shows the results of 2000 respondents. I will be posting my top thirteen in my "Thursday Thirteen" post tonight or tomorrow. Consider participating by going to Kailani's Written World.

The Guardian conducted a poll to mark World Book Day, which was on March 1 in the UK. 2,000 people took part and were asked to name the 10 titles they could not live without. The top 100 results were:


1 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen [in my top 20]

2 The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien [in my top 25]

3 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte [in my top 20]

4 Harry Potter series JK Rowling [I haven't read ANY of the Harry Potter series yet]

5 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee [in my top 13]

6 The Bible [My #1 book--and yes, I've read all but parts of Isaiah and Jeremiah]

7 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte [in my top 30]

8 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell [I read this in 1984 in high school. It would probably fall in a top 30 for me]

9 His Dark Materials Philip Pullman [Have not read]

10 Great Expectations Charles Dickens [Probably in a top 30]

11 Little Women Louisa M Alcott [in my top 13]

12 Tess of the d'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy [Have not read--slated for later this year, though]

13 Catch-22 Joseph Heller [Have not read]

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare William Shakespeare [in my top 13]

15 Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier [Have not read]

16 The Hobbit JRR Tolkien [in my top 30]

17 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks [Never heard of it]

18 Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger [Yuck!]

19 The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger [I liked this book, but nowhere near my top 100]

20 Middlemarch George Eliot [Have not read]

21 Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell [Have not read]

22 The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald [I think this is an important book, but I'm not sure where I'd place it]

23 Bleak House Charles Dickens [Have not read]

24 War and Peace Leo Tolstoy [Have not read--slated for 2008]

25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams [Have not read]

26 Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh [Have not read]

27 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky [in my top 13]

28 Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck [in my top 30]

29 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll [Have not read]

30 The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame [Have not read]

31 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy [in my top 13]

32 David Copperfield Charles Dickens [Have not read]

33 Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis [in my top 13]

34 Emma Jane Austen [Have not read--loved the movies]

35 Persuasion Jane Austen [in my top 20]

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis [in my top 13, but it's part of #33]

37 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini [Have not read--slated for later this year]

38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières [Have not read]

39 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden [Have not read]

40 Winnie the Pooh AA Milne [in my top 30]

41 Animal Farm George Orwell [in my top 20]

42 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown [Have not read]

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez [I did not like this one]

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving [Have not read]

45 The Woman in White Wilkie Collins [Enjoyed this one]

46 Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery [Have not read]

47 Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy [Have not read]

48 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood [Have not read--slated for later this year]

49 Lord of the Flies William Golding [in my top 30]

50 Atonement Ian McEwan [I didin't like this one]

51 Life of Pi Yann Martel [Have not read--slated for later this year]

52 Dune Frank Herbert [Have not read]

53 Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons [Never heard of it]

54 Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen [Have not read--loved the movie!]

55 A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth [Never heard of it]

56 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon [I did not like this book]

57 A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens [Have not read]

58 Brave New World Aldous Huxley [Have not read]

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon [Have not read--slated for later this year]

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez [Have not read]

61 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck [not sure where I'd place this one]

62 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov [Have not read]

63 The Secret History Donna Tartt [Have not read]

64 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold [Have not read]

65 Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas [Have not read]

66 On The Road Jack Kerouac [Have not read]

67 Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy ([Have not read]

68 Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding [Have not read--liked the movie]

69 Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie [Have not read]

70 Moby Dick Herman Melville [Have not read]

71 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens [Have not read]

72 Dracula Bram Stoker [Have not read]

73 The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett [Have not read--loved the movie!]

74 Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson [Never heard of it]

75 Ulysses James Joyce [Have not read]

76 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath [Have not read]

77 Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome [Have not read]

78 Germinal Emile Zola [Have not read--loved the movie with Gerard Depardieu]

79 Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray [Have not read--liked the movie]

80 Possession AS Byatt [Have not read--slated for later this year]

81 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens [Good book, not sure where I'd place it, though]

82 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell [Have not read]

83 The Color Purple Alice Walker [Have not read]

84 The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro [Have not read--LOVED the movie!]

85 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert [in my top 20]

86 A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry [Never heard of it]

87 Charlotte's Web EB White [in my top 13]

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Albom [Have not read]

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [Have not read]

90 The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton [Never heard of it]

91 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad [Excellent writing--not sure where I'd place it on my list]

92 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery [Have not read]

93 The Wasp Factory Iain Banks [Never heard of it]

94 Watership Down Richard Adams [Have not read--maybe next year?]

95 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole [Have not read]

96 A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute [Never heard of it]

97 The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas [Have not read--want to someday]

98 Hamlet William Shakespeare [in my top 13 as the Complete Works]

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl [Loved this as a kid!!]

100 Les Misérables Victor Hugo [Have not read--definitely want to someday]


You can see the article by clicking here.

1 comments:

booklogged said...

I can't believe Poisonwood Bible didn't make the list. It's one of my all time favorites.

Post a Comment