Sunday, November 28, 2010

Top 100 Books

So, my friend Kate Herrick posted this thing on Facebook about the BBC top 100 Books, and how most people have only read 6 of them. I was reading through the list marking the ones I had read or read part of, and a lot of them I agreed with. And then there were a few that I was like... Um, why is that on there? (This could be because I had not read the book...) And a few that I felt like... WHY were they NOT on there?

And I thought how fun it would be to make a list of the top 100 books per Sarah E Moeck. Granted- a few of these books are on there because, well, they changed MY life. They may not change yours, and they may not be important books but I LOVE them. Which makes them important to me. And this is the top 100 books per Sarah. :) So here they are!

(Not in order of importance by the way.)

PS- Authors names may not be spelled right. I am pregnant and too lazy to look up the correct spellings

I Bolded the ones I think that you cannot die until you have read them. Honestly.

1. Anne of Green Gables (and all the rest in the series) by LM Montgomery Always, always, number 1.
2. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (her poems are excellent too)
5. Enders Game (and the rest of the series) by Orson Scott Card
6. The Hunger Games (and the rest of the series) by Suzanne Collins
7. The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers
8. Sarah By Orson Scott Card
9. The Alchemist
10. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
11. The Giver
12. Star Girl
13. Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
14. Fight Club by Chuck Palnahunick
15. Farenheight 451 by Ray Bradbury
16. House on Mango Street by Sandra Cinsineros
17. Bridget Jones Diary (FUNNIEST BOOK EVER)
18. Complete Works of Shakespeare
19. The Unlikely Reader (forgot the author but this is HILARIOUS and so meaningful. And short)
20. The Tale of Desperaux (so touching is made my little brother sob when he read it... and he was 9)
21. Drizzt Series by RA Salvatore (just amazing characters. I mean really)
22. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
23. Notes From Underground by Fiedor Doystovesky (I have not read this, but it changed Adam's life which means it HAS to be amazing. And we love Russian writers here.)
24. A Brave New World by Adudolus Huxley
25. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
26. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
27. Reading Lolita in Theran
28. The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman
29. The Moonstone and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (really a SUPERB author. Great mystery's)
30. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks (movie RUINS the book)
31. Eve's Apple by James Rosen (oh my heavens- changed my life. Here is a man who understands women. And he's NOT gay.)
32. Paradise by Toni Morrison
33. Nancy Drew (all of them. Or the original 56) by Caroline Keen
34. Death Be Not Proud
35. Book Of Mormon
36. Bible
37. A Christmas Carol (because I think everyone should read at least ONE Dickens novel in their life time, and by NO means would I suggest the one I read- David Copperfield. I have heard A Christmas Carol isn't too bad.)
38. Paradise Lost
39. Don Quixote
40. Bewolf (LOVE IT)
41. To Kill A Mockingbird
42. Puddenhead Wilson by Mark Twain (I am NOT a Mark Twain fan but he is so classically American he has to be read, and this book it pretty darn good)
43. Eat, Pray, Love (yes I jumped on the band wagon and yes I love it)
44. The Penderwicks (young adult, and OH so good.)
45. Little Women
46. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
47. My Antonia by Cather (another good solid American novel. And its charming)
48. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolf (Think of me- I am Mrs. Dalloway)
49. Pictures of Hollis Woods
50. Bridge to Terebithia
51. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood
52. All Things Great and Small by James Herriot (read ALL of his books. So good.)
53. Tuck Everlasting
54. The Host by Stephanie Meyers
55. Hound of the Baskervilles
56. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
57. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
58. Junie B. Jones (all) Really, SO hilarious and so true to age, anyone of any age is guaranteed to love them
59. 1984 by George Orwell (just so you can feel justified in throwing a book. It is good.)
60. Tess of the De'Ubervilles
61. Catcher in the Rye
62. Lord of the Flies
63. The Three Musketeers
64. Les Miserables (you can't even read my copy it is so marked up. It will change anyones life.)
65. Phantom of the Opera
66. Count of Monte Cristo (another Adam love that I am dying to read)
67. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
68. The Importance of Being Ernest
69. The Little Prince
70. I Believe In Santa Claus (picture book but SO touching)
71. The Boleyn Inheritance (not for the weak of stomach or heart)
72. The Polar Express (I don't care if its barely 20 pages and full of pictures. It will be dear to my heart forever and ever.)
73. The Odyssey (even thought I LOATHE Odysseus)
74. The Aenid
75. The Illiad
76. Dr. Seuss (any and all)
77. Don Juan (oh my heavens- so good and SO funny)
78. The Four Loves by CS Lewis
79. Pictures of Dorian Gray (changed my mothers life, and I have only read half but I DO approve)
80. Crime and Punishment by Doystovesky (another Adam- and I have loved what I have heard)
81. Cinderella Man (the book may have even come out AFTER the movie but it is still way good.)
82. My Side of the Mountain
83. She Walks These Hills
84. The Orchard
85. The Things They Carried
86. The Diary of Anne Frank
87. The Great Gatsby
88. Sarah's Key (about the holocaust in France- hard to get through because it is so wrenching but I feel it is a great and even important read)
89. Enders Shadow (and the rest of the series) by Orson Scott Card (my little sister just got a full ride scholarship to the University he teaches at... how amazing is that?)
90. East of Eden by Steinbeck (the ONLY book by this man that I remotely enjoy)
91. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
92. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
93. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
94. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (GREAT and touching short stories- all Neuro based. Guess who told me about this one? It is SUPER good though.)
95. Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne (SO much better than Scarlet Letter)
96. La Morte De Artur
97. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer (I dont love, I dont hate- I just feel you HAVE to read)
98. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
99. Treasure Island (read it with all the voices- so much fun)
100. The book I am currently hoping to get published but do not have a good title for :) I promise it is meaningful. At least to me.

Granted- these might change as I get older and read more but for now- at age 24- this is what I got.

1 comment:

  1. okay some of those books are terrible! Brave new world? Lord of the Flies? Gross! But others I totally agree with. Funny how that works. I wish we were in England and could have a real fight about the 100 list. Maybe you should post this on our England blog and let people add and delete at will!