Tuesday, July 1, 2008

How Many Popular Books Have YOU Read?

I got the idea for this post from Kristie(J) who got the idea from Naida who got the idea from J. Kaye, who... yeah, like that! 

Below is a list of the The 100 Most Popular Books on The Library Thing.  While I don't necessarily regard The Library Thing as the expert in what books I should have read or be reading, it does look like a fair representation of some classic and some modern must reads.  I do raise an eyebrow and roll my eyes over the Oprah picks, though. Only because I wonder if those novels would be as popular or held with such high esteem if someone who is high in the media eye wasn't promoting the novel? Not that the works would not be worthy... just, well, would they? 

Books in BOLD are those that I've read at some time in my life.  
Books in BLUE are those that I actually sit on my bookshelf, yet unread by me. 
Books in RED are those that appeal to me and I hope to read in the not too distant future.  

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)
7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (23,266)
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)
10. 1984 by George Orwell (19,735)
11. Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics) by Jane Austen (19,583)
12. The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger (19,082)
13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (17,586)
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)
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)
19. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (13,272)
20. Animal Farm by George Orwell (13,091)
21. Angels & demons by Dan Brown (13,089)
22. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (13,005)
23. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (12,777)
24. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (12,634)
25. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien (12,276)
26. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (12,147)
27. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (11,976)
28. The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2) by J.R.R. Tolkien (11,512)
29. The Odyssey by Homer (11,483)
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (11,392)
31. Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut (11,360)
32. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (11,257)
33. The return of the king : being the third part of The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (11,082)
34. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (10,979)
35. American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman (10,823)
36. The chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (10,603)
37. The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams (10,537) 
38. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (10,435)
39. The lovely bones: a novel by Alice Sebold (10,125) 
40. Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1) by Orson Scott Card (10,092)
41. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) by Philip Pullman (9,827)
42. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman (9,745)
43. Dune by Frank Herbert (9,671)
44. Emma by Jane Austen (9,610)
45. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (9,598)
46. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Bantam Classics) by Mark Twain (9,593)
47. Anna Karenina (Oprah's Book Club) by Leo Tolstoy (9,433)
48. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (9,413)
49. Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides (9,343) - TBR Pile
50. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (9,336)
51. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (9,274)
52. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (9,246)
53. The Iliad by Homer (9,153)
54. The Stranger by Albert Camus (9,084)
55. Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen (9,080)
56. Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens (9,027)
57. The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel by Margaret Atwood (8,960)
58. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (8,904)
59. Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (8,813)
60. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery - (8,764)
61. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (8,421)
62. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (8,417)
63. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (8,368)
64. The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition) by John Steinbeck (8,255)
65. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (8,214)
66. The Name of the Rose: including Postscript to the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (8,191)
67. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (8,169)
68. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (8,129)
69. The complete works by William Shakespeare (8,096) 
[The complete works? No. But I have read Romeo & Juliette, Julius Ceasar, MacBeth, Hamlet and I think, King Lear? Not bad, right?] 
70. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (7,843)
71. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (7,834)
72. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (7,829) 
73. Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library) by William Shakespeare (7,808)
74. Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by John Steinbeck (7,807)
75. A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens (7,793)
76. The Alchemist (Plus) by Paulo Coelho (7,710)
77. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (7,648)
78. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Oscar Wilde (7,598)
79. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk (7,569)
80. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (7,557)
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)
84. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (7,436)
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)
88. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (7,052)
89. The amber spyglass by Philip Pullman (7,043)
90. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics) by James Joyce (6,933)
91. The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics) by Milan Kundera (6,901)
92. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (6,899)
93. Neuromancer by William Gibson (6,890)
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)
97. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (6,794)
98. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt (6,715)
99. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (6,708)
100. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (6,697)

So I've only read 27 of the 100 novels listed, but I actually own 12 more that I haven't yet read, and would like to read 5 others.  Not bad for someone whose college studies were far from the liberal arts curriculum. Well, if I may say so myself, anyway.  Not that my college major should have anything to do with the books I read, but whatever. It was a killer time suck. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So, how does your reading history compare? 


  1. I've read 55 and I can't believe that Ayn Rand isn't on this list. Oh I've only read one Harry Potter...under duress. and I've started some of the others.


    I saw this a while back on L.J.

  2. 55 is mad awesome!!!

    I have a few on that list that I've started as well. And then there are those of which I've seen in film. Too bad those don't count. ;o)

  3. awesome :)
    I see Pride & Prejudice is on your TBR, its one of my all time favorites.


  4. hmmm...I saw this before...lj I think.

    Perhaps I will do it...but I will have to add a category which will be called something like...

    "May have read...may have watched it"

  5. Hi Christine! Yes, Charlie and Lannes are brothers. There are four brothers in totaly. And I do think The Wild Road can be read as a stand alone. :)

  6. I love that yours is so colourful *g*.

  7. Ohhh wow, I gotta check this out. I wonder how many I have read. I see quite a few from the quick glance I have and cannot wait to see my results. As usual...you always get me to thinking.

  8. OMG I have only read 16.
    Damn you Harry Potter!!!

  9. Okay.. super nerdy I've read 58.

    I do agree with LB, how come Ayn Rand didn't make the list and Dune by Frank Herbert did (and kinda high on the list in my humble opinion) not to mention Douglas Adams too. And where is Kipling?

  10. I thought it was going to a popular list of romance books!

    I haven'r read many at all on that list. Maybe about 11.

  11. As I said on KB & Kristie's blog - um 4. Yeah.

  12. OK I posted mine...with changes.

  13. Woo, some good stuff here. :D But I must bug you to read Pride and Prejudice. You know you wanna. Especially in conjunction with the BBC version. Hehehehe
    I didn't count mine. I should, but didn't. ;p

  14. I've only read 14 of these books! And you have to read Memoirs of a Geisha and the last Harry Potter book!!


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