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This list has been floatin around the intertubes for a while.
Below is a list of the The 100 Most Popular Books on The Library Thing. I’ve altered it cuz I cannot for the life of me understand why some craptastic pop books are on this list and not more hearty reads like, er, Hardy or Voltaire or even Faulkner…What the hell? And where is the Marquis de Sade?
So I’ve read over half, started another 10 or so and NOW for your viewing pleasure..I’m inserting books that are as plausible as the others on this stupid pretentious Oprah inspired list.
RED are books I'm kicking off the list.
Blue I've read.
Green are the books I'm adding. I mean this isn't a scientific study or anything.
1. Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone by J.K. Rowling (32,484)
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) by J.K. Rowling (29,939)
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) by J.K. Rowling (28,728)
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) by J.K. Rowling (27,926)
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) by J.K. Rowling (27,643)
6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) by J.K. Rowling (27,641)
2-4~I much prefer the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud OR the fabulousness that is Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series. So PPPPFFFTTTT.
5&6~AA Milne’s When We Were Very Young AND Now We Are Six. These were the standards of my childhood and the reading launch for my children. CLASSICS!
7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (23,266) BLECH
8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (21,325)
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J.K. Rowling (20,485) NO
Let’s substitute The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants!
10. 1984 by George Orwell (19,735)
11. Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics) by Jane Austen (19,583) I really loved this movie with Colin Firth!
12. The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger (19,082) Brilliant…but I do like Franny and Zoey.
13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (17,586) LOVE THIS. And the movie made me fall in love with Gregory Peck.
14. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (16,210)
15. The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (15,483)
16. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (14,566) I loathe this book. And what’s up with it being here? How ‘bout The Diary of Anne Frank?
17. Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) by Charlotte Bronte (14,449)
18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (13,946) This is an incredible book.
19. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (13,272) OR the Tao of Pooh? No? k.
20. Animal Farm by George Orwell (13,091) Visions of 9th grade!
21. Angels & demons by Dan Brown (13,089) Not a fricken clue what this is.
22. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (13,005) Soma?
23. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (12,777) Heathecliffe! And that Ralph Fiennes…oh yum.
24. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Before it was a damned Oprah's Book Club) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (12,634) This writer is obsessed with enema’s and rabies. YAY!
25. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien (12,276) Lots of booring poems.
26. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (12,147)
27. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (11,976) It’s on my shelf.
28. The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2) by J.R.R. Tolkien (11,512) More boring poems…but I love this series.
29. The Odyssey by Homer (11,483) Wait, didn’t George Clooney do this movie? O Brother Where Art Thou?
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (11,392) Visions of 10th grade.
31. Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut (11,360) Love Vonnegut. Love. Er. Visions of 9th greade.
32. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (11,257) I always get this confused with In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Why is that?
33. The return of the king by J.R.R. Tolkien (11,082) Everyone lives happily ever after and more boring poems.
34. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (10,979) Burn baby!
35. American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman (10,823) I need to read more Gaiman…I tend to go for Christopher Moore.
36. The chroni-what-cles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (10,603) Ok most of em.
37. The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams (10,537) I loved these but why are they here? I sub. Pratchett.
38. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (10,435) Piggy!
39. The lovely bones: a novel by Alice Sebold (10,125) My BigGirl loved this. Weep. Weep. Let's read The Princess Bride instead!
40. Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1) by Orson Scott Card (10,092) Great book but this dude has turned into an obnoxious homophobe so I iz pissed at him.
41. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) by Philip Pullman (9,827) Not. How about some other EPIC journey for kids. Like, IDK, Frank Miller’s Dark Knight!
42. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman AND TERRY PRATCHETT. Dang it. Cuz I loves me some Pratchett!!!(9,745)
43. Dune by Frank Herbert (9,671) Why? Why? Why?
44. Emma by Jane Austen (9,610)
45. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (9,598) I really think I did read this. I can’t remember. Or maybe I saw some weird movie years ago about Mary Shelley and Byron and Percy taking hallucinogens and wandering around some castle…IDK.
46. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Bantam Classics) by Mark Twain (9,593) Brilliant book. Just brilliant.
47. Anna Karenina (WAY before Oprah's Book Club) by Leo Tolstoy (9,433) OK so why is Oprah taking credit for Tolstoy? I read this while hitchhiking through France back when I was a hippie. I swore off classics after the last page.
48. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (9,413) Er. No clue. Looks import-ant-o.
49. Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides (9,343) - TBR Pile Not.
50. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (9,336) Quelle Fuck? Someone tell me why The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged is not here?? WHY??? I WANT TO KNOW!
51. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (9,274) I read it. It was banned! I had to! And Anais Nin.
52. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (9,246) Oh for crying out loud, enough with the Tolkien. What about Ray fucking Bradbury? The Martian Chronicles?
53. The Iliad by Homer (9,153) Yeah what ever.
54. The Stranger by Albert Camus (9,084) Ok I liked it. And No Exit oh and Waiting for Godot! AH the great existentialists...zzz...
55. Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen (9,080) er. YES (no)
56. Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens (9,027) I loved it but last night I saw the South Park version and it is far superior to the original.
57. The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel by Margaret Atwood (8,960) Butter as lotion!
58. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (8,904) Hey do you remember when Fonzie and Richie were hanging out with the beatniks? And did Potsie sing in that one? I can’t remember
59. Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (8,813) Yes. I'm right on this one. As soon as I finish those two Joey Hill's on my shelf.
60. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery - (8,764) Frenchy! Why is Les Miserables ( that 90000000 page book) not on here?? Why is Candide not on here? Voltaire????? C’mon.
61. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (8,421) Total Classic.
62. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (8,417) Loved it. And she used to live up the road from me!
63. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (8,368)
64. The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition) by John Steinbeck (8,255) Good call.
65. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (8,214) Another good call. And Ann of Green Gables.
66. The Name of the Rose: including Postscript to the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (8,191) sitting on my shelf since college. Doh. See this is where I'd put Peyton Place by Grace Metalious. Or even The Beans of Egypt Maine.
67. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (8,169) A is for Adultery!
68. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (8,129) Ok half. It’s booooorrrriiiinnnnggg
69. The complete works by William Shakespeare (8,096) I was a theatre major. YES. I read I think every play EXCEPT: Julius Ceasar ….
70. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (7,843) this is on my shelf next to The World is Flat. zzszzzzz...Hey. Let’s substitute this with Who Moved My Cheese?!
71. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (7,834) ?
72. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (7,829) The snake. It’ll bite you. I love that this girl can read, write and speak backwards. Talk about your paradigm shift.
73. Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library) by William Shakespeare (7,808) loves it. But I love Lear more.
74. Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by John Steinbeck (7,807) Another good call.
75. A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens (7,793) Or as my dad always said: A Sale of Two Titties!
76. The Alchemist (Plus) by Paulo Coelho (7,710) My kid read this. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
77. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (7,648) Back when I was dressed in black. Barrel. Of. Laughs.
78. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Oscar Wilde (7,598) Ah. Shades of 11th grade. And the movie had a young Alec Guinness (OBI-WAN!)
79. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk (7,569) Did I read it from cover to cover? No. I used it. And should use it more often.
80. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (7,557) More enemas and rabies!
81. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book 2) by Philip Pullman (7,534)
82. Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan (7,530) TBR Pile
83. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (7,512) I always think that this is the Cherry Orchard by Chehkov.
84. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (7,436) I liked this.
85. Dracula by Bram Stoker (7,238)
86. Heart of Darkness (Dover Thrift Editions) by Joseph Conrad (7,153)
87. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (7,055) YES
88. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (7,052)
89. The amber spyglass by Philip Pullman (7,043) No clue. The World According to Garp.
90. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics) by James Joyce (6,933) Here’s the Joyce we all managed to read because who the hell could read Finnegan’s Wake?
91. The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics) by Milan Kundera (6,901) Wasn’t this also a movie back in the late 80’s or early 90’s
92. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (6,899) On my shelf. Uh. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?
93. Neuromancer by William Gibson (6,890) This is an excellent book and coined the vernacular we use regarding cyberspace. Although at one point we had this on tape with Gibson reading it and it was dreadful.
94. The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Classics) by Geoffrey Chaucer (6,868)
95. Persuasion (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen (6,862)
96. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (6,841) Hey. I ‘d also love to see something like Grendel on this list.
97. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (6,794)
98. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt (6,715) no. A People's History of the United States: 1492- Present by Howard Zinn.
(99. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (6,708) What a great title. It's on my shelf.
100. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (6,697) Ok this should be on there. And I should do more than read the little notes thingie.