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Stolen brazenly from the journals of =Lucy-Merriman and ThornyEnglishRose. You're supposed to bold the books you've read entirely and italicize those that you've read partially.  According to the BBC, most people have only read six of these. Mostly what this list reveals is that I have a reading problem, which I already knew, because I regularly forget to complete everyday tasks or eat or be social because I'd rather finish whatever pile of books I've dragged home from the library this week.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
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
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – J.D. 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 – C.S. 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
40. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. 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 – L.M. 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. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
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 – A.S. 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 – E.B. White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
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-Exupery
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 – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

It's not the best list, in my opinion, and sort of redundant at points. (Why both Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? Shouldn't Hamlet be implicitly included in the Complete Works of Shakespeare? And on what planet is The Da Vinci Code literature?) It's got some good stuff, too, though, and really I just like the idea of encouraging people to read.
  • Listening to: Tuvan throat singing
  • Reading: Everything Is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Watching: Oscar nominated everything
  • Playing: F.E.A.R. and Half-Life 2
  • Eating: nachos
  • Drinking: Mountain Dew


Tess Grover
United States
Location: Seattle, WA
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English Literature, summa cum laude
Profession: Not-so-starving artist. Literary genius. Weasel under the cocktail cabinet.



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jes6ica Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
Your writing is excellent. I'm wondering whether you'd be interested in submitting They Also Serve Who Only Stand and Wait or another story to an anthology I'm putting together. For more information, please visit 
amrgalal7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday :party: :cake: :happybounce:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Once again we are even on DDs. :evileye:


But seriously, congratulations. :hug:

rlkirkland Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What a engaging gallery, look forward to reading more.
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ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the points! :hug:
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No problem. :aww:
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Thanks for the :+devwatch: :tighthug:
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You are quite welcome. :)
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