Cool Kids Read


This post is inspired by Cheryl, my fellow lover of Texas, margaritas, queso, two-stepping and the Houston Texans. Did I mention we met our men the same week, in the same way? It’s true. I believe Cheryl and her now-hubby Ross went on their first date July 3 or 5 (I know this because we talked about it at Brittany’s Fourth of July Party), 2007, and I met Chad on July 7. Cheryl and Ross were made for each other like peas and carrots, chips and queso or peanut butter and jelly – take your pick – and I love those two kids. (Cheryl and I have a mutual blogging relationship, the men are okay with this.)


Cheryl posted a list of 100 books that the BBC reported were some of the most popular/prominent, then said that the BBC reported most people had only read six, yes SIX of these classics. Being the avid reader/nerd that I am, I decided to follow in Cheryl’s footsteps and post the list of 100 books, bolding those I’d read.

I am happy to report that I’ve read far more than six of the books listed below (51, to be exact) – and many others are on my intended list of items to read (while others still I have never heard of and am unsure whether or not I should be ashamed of this fact). I would like to thank all of the English teachers I’ve ever had for teaching me the importance of reading, to appreciate good literature/writing and for encouraging me to read as much as I could.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (UMM, OBVIOUSLY!)

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (7th grade Pre-AP English, who doesn’t love this?)

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (excellent)

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (I feel asleep approximately every 3 words, but I made it)

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (LOVE LOVE LOVE)

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell (LOVE)

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (11th grade AP English)

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (wow I hope you have plenty of time on your hands for this one)

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 (11th grade AP English)

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 (5th Grade GT English – DISLIKE)

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (Also disliked from 5th grade GT English)

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell (LOVE this – thank you, 8th grade Pre-AP English)

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 (very excellent, thank you 10th grade AP English)

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel – on my must read list very soon

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 (AP English, not sure which year)

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 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 (AP English, not sure which year)

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 (who hasn’t?)

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 (4th grade GT English in Splendora – what’s up!)

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 (AP English, not sure which year. This is really good and like 3 pages long – seriously, get on it)

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 (12th grade AP English & Mrs. Moreau invited our whole class over for a cookout/pool party/movie watching party the night before the AP test so she could “review” the story/elements because it’s always on the AP test in the essay section – she wanted to make sure we were prepared. We all collectively flipped to the essay section first to check the question and list of books/plays we could write about – it was – and you literally heard all 50 of us squeal with joy. We probably also wrote identical essays :) LOVE!)

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl 

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


About Brittney

Being born and raised in Texas and attending the University of Texas, there were two things in life of which I was ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN: 1. That I would never leave Texas and 2. That I would NEVER date a Sooner. Boy was I wrong!

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