Bookworm Challenge

Hey there!

This is actually something called a “Bookworm Ladybug”…cute! Via The Paper Magic Group


So, every two weeks I hit the library for some good reads: I’m the biggest, geekiest, nerdiest bookworm out there. Guess that’s the writer in me. So anyways, for the past month or so, I’ve been trying to read some of the classics (if I can find them at the library, which is almost always a challenge.)

A couple of years ago, I remember seeing an article via one of my roommates’ Facebook pages about the BBC and a list of 100 books that they estimated/surveyed people only read six out of the 100 books on that list. I just looked at the list now and I’m going to take a tally of the books I have read fully. My goal will be to read all of them by at least next June — I love me a good challenge.

Here’s the list (I’ve bolded the ones I have read):

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (Ugh, I tried to read this once and it was  — gasp — boring.)

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – I’ve read four of these: Twelfth Night, King lear, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. Hell no, I am not reading all of those Henrys. 

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (This is my favourite, favourite book.)

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Aleandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac x

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Eupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Aleandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


So I’ve read 27 out of the 100 books, which is pretty good, if I do say so myself. I’d like to thank my 4th year university Jane Austen English course I opted to take: it was quite brutal. But I read all of Jane Austen’s works: Emma and Pride and Prejudice were some of my favourites, with Mansfield Park being my absolute enemy. I’d say a good portion of the books that I read were thanks to schooling, including Catcher in the Rye and the Shakespearean works. Unfortunately, those books were not pleasant or pleasurable to read. I know those Dickens books will be difficult for me to get through as well. I hate those older books which are impossible to get through due to overuse of words and lack of concise writing: that’s the PR girl in me, I guess.

But still, reading this book list makes me drool, because there are so many books on here I am literally dying to read, like The Colour Purple and Les Miserables. There are a lot of children’s books that I haven’t read, but I probably should hit the kids section for those little gems.

Is anyone else as in love with reading as I am, or am I a complete and utter solitary being?!


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