Another Top 100 of Books to Read; I Didn’t Read Many

Unsurprisingly, the first 40 Executioner novels do not comprise forty percent of the Amazon 100 Books To Read In A Lifetime.

So I didn’t do too well on the list.

Well, I didn’t do too well on the list primarily because the list is heavily weighted to modern and children’s books. Neither of which I read a lot of.

Here’s the list with items I’ve read in bold:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition by Lemony Snicket
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Alice Munro: Selected Stories by Alice Munro
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
  • Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
  • Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Born To Run – A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The House At Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Liars’ Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
  • The World According to Garp by John Irving
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

I’ve even provided links to book reports for books I’ve read in the last ten years.

I’ve got 20 of 103 (The Lord of the Rings, remember, is three books).

But I’m not broken up about it. There aren’t many others on the list that I have on my to-read shelves, and only a few that aren’t that I care about.

But, hey, it’s got bloggers blogging and maybe buying books. So the list schtick worked.

(Link seen on Trey’s Facebook page.)

2 thoughts on “Another Top 100 of Books to Read; I Didn’t Read Many

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
    A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
    A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
    A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition by Lemony Snicket
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    Alice Munro: Selected Stories by Alice Munro
    Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
    Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
    Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume
    Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
    Beloved by Toni Morrison
    Born To Run – A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
    Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
    Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
    Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney
    Dune by Frank Herbert
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
    Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
    Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
    Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
    Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
    Moneyball by Michael Lewis
    Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
    Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
    The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    The Color of Water by James McBride
    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
    The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
    The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    The House At Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    The Liars’ Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
    The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
    The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
    The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
    The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
    The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
    The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    The Shining by Stephen King
    The Stranger by Albert Camus
    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
    The World According to Garp by John Irving
    The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
    Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    I started The Lord of the Rings, but got bored by the middle of The Two Towers and stopped.

    Back in library school, a girl said that she would go on a date with me if I read Pride and Prejudice. I promptly checked out the copy at the library. I got two dates out of that tedious novel, but demonstrated terrible game by taking her up on the offer.

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